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Start a New Project or Use
The resources below can help you find planning information or get you started on your project application. For assistance with any item, visit or call the Development Services
, 408-535-3555, and ask to speak with a planner.
Accessory Buildings and Structures:
Accessory Buildings and Structures
handout for setbacks, standards and permit requirements. Also see the
Rear Yard Coverage Diagram
Assessor’s Parcel Map:
Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office
web page for parcel maps and other property information.
Design Guidelines and Illustrative Diagrams
: See our
for various types of developments and
Designing an Addition to Your Single-Family Home:
– A professional planner visits a home and guides the owner through the considerations for making the home bigger. This video will help you understand the setbacks and limitations on where you can build on your lot. Spanish and Vietnamese subtitles are included.
web page to view the exceptions to design standards and setbacks in the Municipal Code.
of the Zoning Ordinance specifies parking and loading requirements.
Planning Permits, Processes and Policies:
web page for various handouts that explain a range of planning permits, processes and policies, including Preliminary Review, Single Family House Permits, Home Occupations, Legal Nonconforming Uses, Environmental Review, and more.
Planning in San José: A Community Guide
, an award-winning introduction to land use planning and development processes.
Property and Permit Information:
Enter an address at
to obtain information on a site’s zoning, General Plan designation, and any active or prior permits. It’s easy!
Secondary Unit Review Worksheet
and Municipal Code
to determine if your proposal for a secondary unit meets all requirements.
web page for information on sign regulations and applying for a sign permit.
Submitting an Application:
Applications and Forms:
web page to obtain the proper form for your project.
The City does not endorse consultants, but we do provide a list of
local planning consultants
Planning Application Filing Fee Schedule
. Development permits typically include the base fee for the application, a General Plan update surcharge, environmental review fees, and public noticing fees. Other fees related to uses may also be applicable. Submittals that required reviews by the Building Division, Public Works, or Fire Prevention Bureau will also have fees for those reviews.
Applicants can opt for a fee-based
of their project. Expert staff will provide detailed guidance on the proposal to ensure a smooth, time-saving planning permit and public hearing processes.
Schedule an Appointment:
Application Appointment System
to submit an application.
Find your property’s zoning on the City’s interactive
The San José
specifies allowed uses, regulations and development standards, such as setbacks and height limitations.
If the site’s zoning includes the letters PD, you may need to view the approved plans for the planned development zoning in order to determine the allowed uses, setbacks, parking requirements, and other development standards.
and visit us at the Permit Center, first floor of City Hall
Call us at 408-535-3555 and ask to speak with a planner
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San José, CA 95113
408 535-3500 Main
408 294-9337 TTY
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