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Development Services Permit Center
Man helping customers at a counterFrom a kitchen remodel to a high rise, the Development Services Permit Center is here to help. Call or visit us for
no-cost advice on what your project needs. Or read our bulletin, How to Get a Building Permitit will help you choose the permit service that fits your project. The Building Permit Process page can also help you get started.

At the Permit Center, you'll find staff and services from the four main divisions that are involved in many development projects: Planning, Building, Fire Prevention and Public Works. You can reach staff at all of these divisions through the Permit Center, in person or by phone at 408-535-3555, or visit the webpages of these four divisions for more specific contact information and descriptions of services.

We are here to help you with no-cost advice!   

ADUsADU (Granny Units) – Requirements in San José  At our May 17, 2018 Building Permits & Home Safety Open House, attendees saw a special presentation on requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, also called granny units). View the presentation here. Learn more at

Public Hearing June 11, 2018 -  Proposed Budget and New Fees/Proposed Changes to Existing Fees Related to Development Projects  In May, the City Council held a series of study sessions and Council meetings to discuss and receive public comments on the proposed fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, including proposed new fees and proposed changes to existing fees related to development projects. The City Council will next have a public hearing on this matter on June 11, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public can provide comments at this hearing. For more information, see the public hearing notice.

Visit the Permit Center - View the Hours of Service page to learn about our operating hours. We offer validated parking: from 6th Street, enter the parking garage under the City Hall Tower. Bring your stub with you for validation. View map

Contact a Building Inspector -
To discuss building permits, codes, inspections or plan review: Please use one method below. We'll respond within two business days.

Speak with a Planner by Phone - To discuss project design requirements, signs, tree removals, or zoning: Visit the Planning Division web page for desk hours for speaking with a planner by phone.