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PBCE Awards

April 2018

San José Wins CALBO’s 2017-2018 Building Department of the Year

CALBO Building Dept of the Year Award April 2018California Building Officials (CALBO) honored the San José Building Division and its development services partners with the 2017-2018 Building Department of the Year award. CALBO officials noted San José’s many accomplishments:

  • An outreach program to promote building careers with students at local high schools and colleges.
  • A trilingual Small Business Ally team to help businesses succeed with permits.A multi-agency coordinated Streamlined Restaurant Program, saving small restaurants many weeks of time in the permit process.
  • A time- and cost-saving Over-the-Counter permit program for homeowners.A time- and cost-saving combination inspection program for multifamily buildings.
  • A highly successful Special Tenant Improvement program in which all plan review staff coordinate on major building improvements proposed by businesses.

The division's goal is to deliver the best service possible for its many types of customers.

April 2018

Planning Division wins American Planning Association’s Silver Achievement Award for Public Outreach Silver Achievement Award

2018 APA Silver Award PlanningThe Planning Division’s video tutorial, Designing an Addition to Your Single-Family Residence, won the prestigious “Silver National Achievement Award for Public Outreach” from the national American Planning Association. Planner Aparna Ankola, center, attended the April 23, 2018 ceremony in New Orleans to accept the award. This is the third award bestowed to this video tutorial, which guides homeowners through the process of planning an addition to their home.

September 2017

ICC Community Service Award

2017 ICC Community Service AwardChu Chang with Bill Mayne receiving the ICC Community Service Award on behalf of the Building Division.At the 2017 International Code Council (ICC) annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, the Building Division was recognized with a Community Service award.

The Building Division frequently holds open houses, workshops, and training sessions to educate our customers about home improvements, the changing building codes, and the permitting process. In the prior year, 2016, staff of the division conducted over 220,000 inspections; processed more than 17,000 plan reviews; and issued approximately 37,000 permits. ICC officials noted the excellent customer service delivered to this high volume of customers, going beyond the daily business of issuing permits and extending to promoting public health, safety, and welfare in the San José community