Click to Home
Go To Search
Planning Building and Code Enforcement
CommunityBusinessVisitorsGovernmentEnvironment
San Jose Home
Development Services Permit Center
Man helping customers at a counterWe're here to help you, whether you're ready to apply for a building permit, go through plan review, or just have questions. At the Permit Center, you'll find services from the four City divisions that assist with permits and plan review: Planning, Building, Public Worksand Fire Prevention.  

PLANNING SERVICES
Projects that change the use or character of a site or building, or that affect a community's character or resources, may need a planning permit. Our planners help ensure that your project complies with zoning codes, development standards, and other regulations. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/planning

BUILDING SERVICES
From kitchen remodels to opening a café to constructing a high rise, our building staff are engineers and experts who ensure that your project meets electrical, mechanical, plumbing and building codes. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/building.

PUBLIC WORKS SERVICES
A Public Works permit may be 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 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/fire.

Staff at the Permit Center welcome your questions. We're here to provide no-cost advice on what your project needs. 


PERMIT CENTER NEWS & UPDATES

ADUsADU (Granny Units) – Requirements in San José - View the presentation on requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, also called granny units) here. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/ADUs.


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. View map.