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ADUsADU Requirements in San José

At our May 17, 2018 Building Permits & Home Safety Open House, attendees saw a special presentation on requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, also called granny units). View the presentation here. Learn more at

EarthquakePresentationStrengthening Your Home Against Earthquake Damage
At our May 17, 2018 Open House, attendees saw a special presentation on shear walls, anchor bolts and other methods to strengthen a home against earthquake damage. View the presentation here.

Building Department 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.  Learn more at our Awards page at

Building Division Conducts Wastewater Plan Checks for Food Facilities 
We now conduct Wastewater Plan Checks for San José food facility projects 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.

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Electronic Plan Review Requirements