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

Phone: 408-535-3555

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Building Division

You're Invited to Our Annual Open House!  
Get answers toBuilding Safety Open House Flyer May 17 2018 your home improvement questions at our annual "Building Permits & Home Safety Open House" on May 17 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Come hear special presentations on accessory dwelling units ("granny" units) and how to strengthen your home to decrease potential earthquake damage. This event is free and children are welcome. Validated parking is available. Bring your project plans if you wish. See you there!

See the flyer for more information

Building Departm
ent of the Year Award

The California Building Officials (CALBO) association has honored the San José
Building Division with it's 2017-2018 Building Department of the Year award. 
 CALBO noted the division's many accomplishments, including: an educational outreach program for local high schools and colleges; a trilingual Small Business Ally team to help small businesses succeed in the permit process; coordinating with the County in creating a Streamlined Restaurant Program; a time- and cost-saving Over-the-Counter permit program for homeowners; a time- and money-saving combination inspection program for new multifamily buildings; an efficient Coordinated Plan Review Program for commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings; and a highly successful Special Tenant Improvement program in which all plan review staff coordinate on major building improvements proposed by businesses. The division also expanded its online permit service (, and is fully implementing an Electronic Plan Review program that will save both customers and staff costs, time, paper, and energy. The division's goal is to deliver the best service possible for its many types of customers.

Building Department of the Year, 2017-2018

Building Division Conducts Wastewater Plan Checks for Food Facilities 

The Building Division now conducts Wastewater Plan Checks for all food facility projects located in San José as part of the Building Permit plan review process. Environmental Services Department staff will continue to review projects for non-food facilities such as industrial wastewater discharges. Non-food facilities should contact the Environmental Services Department at (408) 945-3000.

See the flyer for more information on how to submit wastewater plans.

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.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Online Permits

Electronic Plan Review Requirements