If you are opening or expanding a business in San José, you will need to familiarize yourself with the City’s planning and zoning regulations. Some businesses, such as restaurants and bars, must comply with County health regulations.
Being informed is your best strategy for navigating and mastering the steps to opening or expanding your business. Review the “open or expand your business” flowchart.
What fees can I expect?
Budget for City of San José permit, inspections and other fees. If you are interested in estimating construction taxes and building permit fees you can use the City's online calculator to estimate or you can submit a request to the Building Division for a permit fee estimate.
Depending on the type of business (e.g., restaurants), there may also be fees charged by County of Santa Clara.
Obtain a firm quote when you hire any professional services and construction firms.
A wastewater plan check may be required for both food service and non-food service businesses.
To secure plumbing permits or to meet other requirements, contact Environmental Services for a plan check and approval stamp.