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How tall can my house be?
A single-family residence is allowed to be up to 30 feet in height in residential zoning districts without requiring a Single Family House Permit. Any proposed new single-family residence that is greater than 30 feet in height (not to exceed 35 feet) will require the submitting of a Single-Family House Permit application and will also require Building Permit.


For specific information on how height is measured, please see our Height Calculation Diagram.

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?