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200 E. Santa Clara St.
Tower, 2nd Floor
San José, CA 95113-1905

Phone: 408-535-3555

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4 panel image of steal frames, solar panels on roof, electrical plug, and underground plumbing Free Workshop on February 24
Significant Changes in the 2016 California Building Codes

The California Building Standards Commission updates the State building codes every three years. The 2016 codes are now applicable for the next three years, and the Building Division is hosting a free public workshop to learn more about the significant changes. Please view the workshop flier for details.

Learn more about the 2016 building codes.

Residential Gray Water System
Did you know you can use gray water from your clothes washer to water your plants? Using gray water can help conserve water and lower your water utility bills. Learn more about clothes washer gray water systems.

Permit Services
Our bulletin How to Get a Building Permit provides the steps to getting a permit and which service to use for your project. Visit our Permit Center web page for an overview of Permit Services.

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

Planning, Zoning, and Sign Ordinance Questions
Call 408-535-3555 - Ask to speak with a planner.
A planner will answer your questions regarding planning, zoning, tree removal and signs. 

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.

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Electronic Plan Review Requirements