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Office Tower
Building Division
City of San Jose
200 E. Santa Clara St.
Tower, 1st Floor
San Jose, CA 95113-1905

Phone: (408) 535-3555

February 1. New Hours! We are opening earlier. To help our customers, beginning February 1 we are opening earlier:

the Permit Center now opens at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesdays we open at 9:00 a.m.
Visit the Permit Center for detailed hours of specific services.

Permit Services
  • Building plan submittals
    • The Preferred Method is our Drop Off Submittal Option. No appointment is required for this option. Projects may be dropped off between 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Development Services Assistance Desk located on the 1st floor of city hall.
    • If an appointment is desired, please call (408) 535-3555.  Due to the limited availability of appointments, be advised that the next available appointment may be a few weeks out.  We highly encourage the use of our Drop Off Submittal Option. 
  • Express plan review: By appointment only
    Phone: (408) 535-3555 
    Express appointment information 
  • Special programs: By appointment only 
    Special Tenant Improvement Program (ITI/STI)

The mission of the Building Division is to oversee private construction for the purpose of protecting the safety of San José's citizens and facilitating the City's economic development objectives. This is accomplished through implementation of building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, zoning, engineering, energy, and accessibility codes and laws for construction of residential, commercial, and industrial developments.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Online Permits

Drop off Submittal Option