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Man helping customers at a counterThe Permit Center provides no-cost advice on what your project needs—just call or visit us and we'll gladly help you.  

Planning, Building, Public Works and the Fire Prevention Bureau are the four City divisions that assist with permits and plan review, as follows:


Planning Permit Services
Planning permits are needed for projects that: change the use of a site or building; change the exterior of a building; or that affect a community's character or resources. City planners help ensure that your project complies with zoning codes, development standards, and other regulations. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/planning

Building Permit Services
From kitchen remodels to opening a café to constructing a high rise, our building staff are engineers and experts who review your plans and inspect projects to ensure they meet building codes. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/building.

Public Works Permit Services
Public Works permits or clearances are needed for construction that affects streets, sidewalks, storm and sanitary sewers, streetlights, traffic signals, and more. Services include grading permits, utility permits, providing information about flood and geologic hazards, transportation analysis, etc. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/publicworks.

Fire Prevention/Hazardous Materials Permit Services
New construction, projects that affect the emergency access of a site, proposed uses that entail hazardous materials, or a project or use that entails any Life Safety issue, must be reviewed for code compliance by a fire protection engineer or hazardous materials inspector. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/firepermits.


PERMIT CENTER NEWS & UPDATES

2019 California Building Codes Go into Effect January 1, 2020
For more information about the changes, see the Adopted Building Codes page.



Permits for ADUs-Granny Units Video from May 30Permits for Granny Flats: What You Need to Know - Video from May 30 Open House
A brief overview of ADU requirements in San José. See presentation slides and watch the video.Check out Planning's ADUs page for more information.

Energy-Saving Home Improvements Video from May 30Energy-Saving Home Improvements - Video from May 30 Open House
Information about solar systems, electric vehicle charging stations, and new systems for water heating and home battery backup See presentation slides and watch the video.



Visit the Permit Center

See our Hours of Service. Validated parking is available: From 6th Street, enter the parking garage under the City Hall Tower. Bring your stub with you for validation.
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