For nuisance and/or fireworks use, residents should use the online reporting tool. If there is a life-threatening emergency or active fire, you should call 911.
When is the Fireworks Reporting Form available?
The form to report illegal fireworks use will be available year-round beginning Monday, December 16, 2019.
Will the police or fire departments respond to online reports?
Using the online reporting tool will not result in enforcement officers being immediately dispatched to the scene.
Why can’t I get a police officer to respond to illegal fireworks activity (other than fires and injury)?
The Police Department prioritizes all 911 and 311 calls based on the severity of the calls. During the holidays when fireworks are prevalent, the police department receives a high volume of fireworks related calls requiring our dispatch center to triage the calls. Therefore, the police department may not be able to respond to every fireworks related call unless fires or injuries are involved.
Will using the form result in a citation to the fireworks user?
By providing accurate and complete information, the City may be able to issue administrative citations or warning letters to users of illegal fireworks. Partial information will be accepted and may be helpful in mapping the locations of fireworks use for outreach purposes, but likely will not result in a citation or other enforcement action. You will need to provide the following information:
For fireworks use on private property (yards or driveways)
Photo/video evidence showing use or possession of fireworks on the property;
The exact address where the incident occurred; and
Your contact information (“Reporting Party” contact information on the form).
Can I submit information anonymously?
Yes, you can submit information anonymously or provide only an approximate address, but no citation will be issued from such reports. This information will be used only to map where fireworks use is generally occurring, and may be helpful with future outreach and enforcement patrol purposes.
How will the data collected be used?
This information will be used to determine if there is a violation of San José Municipal Code. The data will also be used only to map where fireworks use is generally occurring, and may be helpful with future outreach and enforcement patrol purposes.
Why did I get a citation?
The City received an online report with sufficient evidence indicating the illegal use, possession, sale, or storage of fireworks.
How can I contest a citation?
If you received a citation and believe there is an error, you may contest the citation by completing the request a hearing. Forms must be returned to the City within 30 days of receiving the citation along with an advance deposit of the fine or within 15 days when applying for the advance deposit hardship waiver.
What if I cannot afford the advance deposit of the fine when contesting a citation?
If you are contesting the citation and are unable to pay the advance deposit, you may request an advance deposit hardship waiver within 15 calendar days of the citation date. Please see hardship qualifications for required documentation.
What if I cannot afford the citation?
Finance Department staff can assist you by offering payment plan options to fit your current financial situation. Please contact us at (408) 535-7055 for more information.
Why did/didn’t I receive a postcard?
Your zip code was identified as having a high level of illegal fireworks activity. The City mailed postcards to individual households as part of increasing education and awareness.
How do I get a permit to host a professional and legal fireworks display?
For information about obtaining a fireworks display permit, please call the City’s Bureau of Fire Prevention at (408) 535-7750. Celebrations using fireworks must have a licensed pyro-technician onsite with appropriate credentials and permits.
Where can I surrender unused fireworks?
In the City of San José, unused consumer grade fireworks can be dropped off at any one of our 33 fire stations. A list of our fire stations can be found online here. 5. Residents also have the option to call the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste program at 408-299-7300 and make an appointment to drop off at one of the disposal sites no matter the condition of the consumer grade fireworks. If there is a life-threatening emergency, you should call 911.