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San José Fire Department
1661 Senter Road
San José, CA 95112

Phone: (408) 794-7000


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Fire Prevention & Permits


The Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP) office at City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. BFP staff are working remotely to conduct plan review, inspections and other essential services.


The April 29, 2020  Santa Clara County Public Health Order effective May 4, 2020 relaxes restrictions on construction projects and permits on site-inspections to resume.

Taking seriously safety protocols are critical to protecting the health of workers, building inspectors, and anyone entering the construction area. All safety protocols must be in place before any scheduled inspection.

Additional information is available on our Remote Procedures webpage.


submitting plans during COVID-19 Closure

Plans may be submitted by mail via United States Postal Service (USPS). Please follow the instructions below:

San José Fire Department - Bureau of Fire Prevention
200 East Santa Clara Street. 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Attn: Senior Permit Specialist



The San José Fire Department's mission is "to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response." The Bureau of Fire Prevention contributes to this mission focusing on key areas of responsibility: public education and outreach services; investigation of fires to determine cause and origin; and code compliance activities, such as plan review and inspection.

The Bureau of Fire Prevention is managed by a deputy chief who serves as fire marshal. The fire marshal is supported by a battalion chief who serves as the assistant fire marshal. Currently one captain supervises all fire code enforcement inspectors, which include permitted occupancy, special occupancy and hazardous materials Inspectors. The Development Services Division is supervised by senior fire protection engineers and staffed by associate engineers and hazardous materials inspectors. The Bureau of Fire Prevention has dedicated support staff members who are an integral part of daily operations. One captain supervises the Arson Unit and its staff of arson investigators.


The Bureau of Fire Prevention administers the California Codes and the San José Municipal Code. The most common of the California codes that the Bureau of Fire Prevention administers is the California Fire Code. The most common of the San José Municipal code that the Bureau of Fire Prevention administers are:


Permits shall be in accordance with Section 105 of the 2016 California Fire Code.

Required Permits

Permits required by the code shall be obtained from the fire code official. Permit fees, if any, shall be paid prior to issuance of the permit. Issued permits shall be kept on the premises designated therein at all times and shall be readily available for inspection by the fire code official.

Permit Types

There shall be two types of permits as follows:

  1. Operational Permit: An operational permit allows the applicant to conduct an operation or a business for which a permit is required by California Fire Code Section 105.6 for either:
    1. A prescribed period.
    2. Until renewed or revoked.
  2. Construction Permit: A construction permit allows the applicant to install or modify systems and equipment for which a permit is required by California Fire Code Section 105.7.

Annual Permits

If you have questions regarding the fee increase or the billing process, you may contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention.

Online Permits

San José Permits online is used for obtaining a variety of information regarding proposed development for properties within the City of San José. Registered users can submit permit applications, obtain simple development permits, and schedule inspections.


Design Documents

These documents are some of the most requested by architects, designers, contractors and others. The Bureau of Fire Prevention is pleased to provide these documents online for your convenience. If you have any questions, you may contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention.

Fire Department Planning Approvals

Fire Code Design Requirements

Hazardous Materials Program

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