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Building Division
The Building Division oversees private construction to ensure safe buildings and to facilitate the City's economic development objectives. We accomplish this by ensuring compliance with building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, zoning, engineering, energy, and accessibility codes and laws.

Our bulletin How to Get a Building Permit provides an overview of the steps to getting a permit and helps you select the right service for your project. Visit our Permit Center web page for an overview of all permit services and hours of service. 

Got Questions?
Building Information Inspector - For questions regarding building permits, codes, inspections or plan review, leave us a message and we'll respond within two business days: 
     Voicemail: 408-535-7641

Planning, Zoning, Signs, Trees Ordinance Questions - Call 408-535-3555 - Ask to speak with a planner, who can answer your questions regarding ADUs, signs, tree removal, development and use permits, and other Planning Division procedures. Learn more at

Upcoming Events

Building Permits and Home Safety Open House May 30 Event FlyerBuilding Permits & Home Safety Open House
May 30, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
San José City Hall
200 E. Santa Clara St.
See the flyer for details.

Come talk with our permit, plan review, and inspection experts. Bring your ideas or plans. Find out if you live in a flood zone, and pick up emergency preparedness information.

6:30 PM - Permits for Granny Flats: What You Need to Know
Are you considering building a granny flat, also called an accessory dwelling unit? This presentation covers the siting and permitting requirements in San José.

7:15 PM - Energy-Saving Home Improvements
Solar systems, electric vehicle charging stations, and new systems for water heating and home battery backup are now popular home improvement projects. Come learn how to pass inspection by avoiding common mistakes.

Validated parking is offered. Or you can take a bus to City Hall—find your route at It's easy!

Public Meetings for FY 2019-2020 Budget and Fees Public Meetings - June 10, 2019 
Proposed New Fees and Proposed Changes to Existing Fees Related to Development Projects

The City will hold a Council Meeting to discuss and receive public comments on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, including the proposed new fees and proposed changes to existing fees related to development projects.

Meeting details:
June 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara St, San José

The public can provide comments on both the proposed budget changes to existing fees related to development projects. For more information, see the public hearing notice.

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