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Permit Center
200 E. Santa Clara Street
Tower, 1st Floor
San José, CA 95113

Phone: 408-535-3555

Hours of Service
Residential Plan Review
Residential plan review is a service that will benefit single-family and multifamily projects by providing expert review of projects that involve structural changes.

This service is for:
  • projects with structural changes, new construction, second units
  • single-family/duplex and multifamily properties
  • code compliance cases

Projects that Qualify
   Plan Review Express Plan Review Enhanced Express Option
New construction any size - -
Single story additions any size  750 sf or less 750 sf or less
Two-story remodeling any size  750 sf or less 750 sf or less*
Second Units Yes - -
Code Compliance Cases any size - -
  No Appointment Needed Appointment Required
Call 408-535-3555
* only for projects with minor structural calculations

To Use Regular Plan Review
First, talk to a planner and make sure your project obtains any necessary clearances from the Planning Division and Public Works. Such clearances might include:
  • For single-family homes, check if your project will require a Single-Family House Permit, either because of size of the project or because the property is registered as historical. All duplex projects must go through planning review prior to submitting a building permit application.

 After securing any needed clearances, come to the
Permit Center and bring:

To Use Express or Enhanced Express Plan Review
Call the Permit Center to make an appointment for a time to meet with City staff to review accurately prepared plans.

Express Plan Review

The Express Plan Review provides concurrent review of plans with all involved City staff (Planning, Building, Public Works, and Fire Prevention) and any involved professional designers in one meeting for a time-saving review. The fee is 1.5 times the regular plan review fee. 

Enhanced Express
The Enhanced Express option allows larger and more complicated projects to qualify for express review services. It provides the same expedited review and the same 1.5 times plan check fee as the Regular Express service. You may call the Permit Center and ask which plan review option is appropriate for your project.

See the list of the forms and information for: