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How do I find zoning and General Plan land use information?
Zoning and General Plan information can be obtained in any one of the following four ways:
  • Access our Online Permits website and enter either the property address or Assessor's Parcel Number (APN).
  • View the Zoning Maps or Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan on this website in a PDF file format.
  • Download the Zoning or General Plan maps in a spatial data format for display using Google Earth or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Visit us at the Development Services Center on the first floor of City Hall or contact us at (408) 535-3555.
Note: If the zoning of the property is "A(PD)" (i.e., a Planned Development Zoning District), we recommend visiting or contacting the Planning Division to learn about permitted uses and any specific development standards that may be applicable to the property.

Planning - General Questions

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1. How do I find zoning and General Plan land use information?
2. How tall can my house be?
3. What size addition may I make to my house?
4. What is a Single Family House Permit?
5. Where is my front property line relative to the sidewalk or park strip?
6. I live on a corner lot. Which is the front and which is the side property line?
7. What are the regulations for "accessory buildings" (e.g., garages, sheds, etc.) and "accessory structures" (e.g., gazebos, trellises, arbors, etc.)?
8. May I build a secondary unit or guest house (also called a "granny" or in-law unit)?
9. What are the rules for fences?
10. Do I need a permit to remove a tree?
11. Can I conduct a business from my home?
12. What permits are required for solar panels and photo voltaic (PV) systems?
13. How can I obtain feedback on a development proposal prior to submitting an application?
14. How much are the fees for planning and building permits?
15. Where can I see a sample site plan, building elevation, and floor plan?
16. What is a Legal Nonconforming Use?
17. Where do I find the expiration date of an approved Development Permit?
18. How can I extend the life of an approved Development Permit?
19. Can I reactivate a Development Permit that has expired prior to obtaining a building permit?
20. Where can I find more information on land use planning in San Jose?
21. Where is City Hall?