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

Phone: 408-535-3555

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2016 California Building Standards Code (effective January 1, 2017)
The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) publishes triennial editions of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, also known as the California Building Standards Code. On July 1, 2016 the CBSC published the 2016 edition of the California Building Standards Code. The 2016 California Building Standards Codes will apply to any building or structure for which application for a building permit is made on or after January 1, 2017.

The Building related codes that will be adopted are:
  • 2016 California Building Code - CCR Title 24 Part 2
  • 2016 California Residential Code - CCR Title 24 Part 2.5
  • 2016 California Electrical Code - CCR Title 24 Part 3
  • 2016 California Mechanical Code - CCR Title 24 Part 4
  • 2016 California Plumbing Code - CCR Title 24 Part 5
  • 2016 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards – CCR Title 24 Part 6
  • 2016 California Historical Building Code - CCR Title 24 Part 8
  • 2016 California Existing Building Code - CCR Title 24 Part 10
  • 2016 California Green Building Standards Code - CCR Title 24 Part 11
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code, Appendix Chapters A2 and A5

View the City of San José draft ordinance amending various sections of Title 24 in the San José Municipal Code, which includes local amendments for the 2016 Building codes.

If you have any questions, please contact James Son by email at , or by phone at 408-535-7746.

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.

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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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