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Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations . (English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文)

Remote Procedures for Permits, Plan Review, Inspections, and Code Enforcement During COVID-19

In response to Santa Clara County's Public Health Order issued April 29, 2020, the Permit Center remains closed to public visitation. We are working remotely to continue important services while protecting the health of our employees and customers. Thank you for your patience. 

Please view the table below to identify how to contact us for the development services that you may need. These procedures are in effect through May 31, 2020 or until further notice.

This webpage is subject to change. 

BUILDING PERMITS & BUILDING PLAN REVIEW SERVICES

 Service  Action
General permit questions Email BuildingPermits@sanjoseca.gov
Online permits at www.sjpermits.org
Get simple electrical, plumbing, or mechanical permits at sjpermits.org and save $40. See list of permits offered online.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/ADUs for general ADU permit information. Email ADU.Ally@sanjoseca.gov for questions or to schedule appointments, which will be held remotely.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) projects Email BuildingPermits@sanjoseca.gov. You will be instructed on how to digitally submit your application and plans (if they're needed). We will review your OTC project with you by phone or conference call. 
Plan Intake Email BuildingPermits@sanjoseca.gov for questions and for instructions to submit plans electronically. We’ll provide comments on the plans to you by phone, email, and teleconferencing.
Express Appointments Current appointments are cancelled. We will contact you to reschedule with instructions to submit plans digitally for Regular Review.
STI & ITI Appointments Email Targeted.Review@sanjoseca.gov for an appointment. You will be instructed to submit plans digitally. We will meet via teleconferencing.

Building Inspections

 

 

 

The April 29, 2020 County Order now allows all construction projects to proceed, subject to the following safety protocols:

• Appendix B1-Small Construction Project Safety Protocol 

• Appendix B2-Large Construction Project Safety Protocol

 

Complying with these protocols is essential to the safety of workers, inspectors, and anyone entering or leaving the project site. Inspectors will use safety gear and social distancing during inspections. Schedule inspections at www.sjpermits.org.

 

Depending on project scope, we may inspect single-family projects via video conferencing. For projects such as replacing a failed water heater or furnace, inspectors will provide video inspections on the same day as installation. Obtain the permit at www.sjpermits.org.

 

For general inspection info, email: InfoInspector@sanjoseca.gov

 

For inspection concerns, contact a building division manager:

• Bill Mayne at Bill.Mayne@sanjoseca.gov or 408-535-7756

• Marc Garcia at Marc.Garcia@sanjoseca.gov or 408-535-7822

 

For development inspection concerns, contact: 

• Emily Lipoma at Emily.Lipoma@sanjoseca.gov or 408-535-7903

Building Fee Payment

Pay online with credit card or pay via a Wire Transfer. Fees of $100,000 or more must use a wire transfer. Instructions - Email PBCEAdminAcctg@sanjoseca.gov and provide:

Wire amount:

Wire date:

Invoice #:

Permit Cards We will email you a .PDF that you can print.

PLANNING APPLICATION SERVICES & PHONE CONSULTATIONS

 Service  Action
General Questions

Email ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov.

Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/planning for information.

1st Floor Planning Counter permits and applications Email ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov with your plan sets and necessary information.  
3rd Floor Development Intake permits and applications

Intake appointments will take place by phone or conference call. Schedule appointments at www.sanjoseca.gov/PlanningAppointments.

Staff will instruct you on how to proceed after receiving your appointment request.

 Environmental Review

General inquiries: David.Keyon@sanjosecagov 

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP): Meenaxi.Raval@sanjosecagov

Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan: Kara.Hawkins@sanjoseca.gov

Planning Fee Payment

Pay online with credit card or pay via a Wire Transfer. Fees of $100,000 or more must use a wire transfer. Instructions - Email PBCEAdminAcctg@sanjoseca.gov and provide:

Wire amount:

Wire date:

Invoice #

CODE ENFORCEMENT SERVICES

Service Action
Code Enforcement is responding only to emergency service issues on private property

Go to www.sanjoseca.gov/requestcodeservice to request service relating to:

  • Imminent hazards to health and safety in housing or buildings
  • Sewage leak in yard creating public risk
  • In-progress removal of ordinance-size trees
  • Swimming pools without secure fencing
  • Unsecured refrigerators left outside
  • Vacant, unsecured buildings
General inspections and Multiple Housing routine inspections Suspended until further notice.

Fire Prevention Permits/inspections

Service Action
Plan review and inspections Fire plan review and inspections will continue with modified service in alignment with the City and County guidance. For questions, email SJFDPermitSpecialist@sanjoseca.gov