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Man helping customers at a counterAt the Permit Center, you'll find services from the four City divisions that are involved in many development projects: Planning, Building, Fire Prevention and Public Works.  

New uses, projects that change the use or character of a site or building, or projects that change or affect the character of a community or affect historical, cultural or environmental resources, may require a planning permit. Our planners are experts who help ensure that your project complies with zoning codes and development standards, and, if needed, includes the appropriate official approvals and public outreach. Learn more, including hours for speaking with a planner by phone, at

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 structural codes. Get started at or check out our popular bulletin, How to Get a Building Permit.

You can also contact a building inspector to discuss building permits, codes, inspections or plan review. Use one of these methods and we'll respond within two business days:
OR voicemail: 408-535-7641 

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 by a fire engineer. Learn more at

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

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


ADUsADU (Granny Units) – Requirements in San José - At our May 17 Building Permits & Home Safety Open House, attendees saw a special presentation on requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, also called granny units). View the presentation here. Learn more about hos San Jose is relaxing requirements for ADUs at

Public Hearing June 11, 2018 -  Proposed Budget and New Fees/Proposed Changes to Existing Fees Related to Development Projects  In May, the City Council held a series of study sessions and Council meetings to discuss and receive public comments on the proposed fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, including proposed new fees and proposed changes to existing fees related to development projects. The City Council will next have a public hearing on this matter on June 11, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public can provide comments at this hearing. For more information, see the public hearing notice.

Visit the Permit Center - View the Hours of Service page to learn about our operating hours. We offer validated parking: from 6th Street, enter the parking garage under the City Hall Tower. Bring your stub with you for validation. View map