Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations . (more information)


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San José, CA 95113

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COVID-19 PROCEDURE: All procedures aim to protect everyone's health and slow the spread of COVID-19. In alignment with the County Public Health Order effective March 31, 2020, the Development Services Permit Center is offering its services remotely and as follows:

  • Our staff are working remotely to help you, answer your questions, and to conduct plan review and issue permits. Using social distancing and protective gear, City inspectors may perform on-site inspections on certain projects. Please view our Remote Procedures page for details and instructions.

  • Most construction must cease through May 3. For residential construction, only projects with an on-site affordable housing component may continue, along with homeless shelters. There are also exceptions for essential healthcare and public works projects. Please read Construction Guidance Pursuant to County Order for full details.

  • Essential work for the habitability and safety of residences may continue. Applicants will be required to submit documentation that demonstrates the need for work. As an example, you may document a failed water heater or furnace, and then obtain the permit at for the urgent replacement of such necessary fixtures. City inspectors will provide video inspection of the work on the same day of installation.

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Multifamily Modular Construction Video 

New Video: Multifamily Modular Construction-Tips for a Successful Project
Reduced construction time and costs are driving greater interest in construction with premanufactured modules. In this video you’ll join Marty Keller, a developer, as he converses with San Jose’s permitting staff on the key considerations of a successful multifamily modular project. See video.

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