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Smoke alarm on the ceiling Make Sure Your Property Meets Smoke Alarm and Carbon Alarm Installation Requirements
State law requires verification of proper installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms whenever a building permit is obtained for any alteration on a residential property. A property owner or licensed contractor can self-certify that requirements for these alarms have been met. Learn more about requirements and self-certification on the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements page.


Code Enforcement Brochure
See what Code Enforcement Services are offered in the services page or brochure.
It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement to work in partnership with the people of San José to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We help maintain or improve the quality of your community in three ways:
  • We administer a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes and land use requirements.
  • We work with residents, neighborhood association, public service agencies, and other City of San José departments to:
    • Empower community self-help programs.
    • Develop public outreach programs.
    • Establish community priorities for the enforcement program.
  • We initiate special programs targeted toward specific problems in San José communities.