COVID-19 PROCEDURE: The Permit Center is closed to the public effective March 17, 2020. To continue services while protecting the health of customers and employees, Permit Center staff will work remotely to conduct plan review and other essential services. Inspections have been temporarily suspended. Please view our Remote Procedures page for details and instructions.
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:
- Chapter 17.12 - City of San José Fire Code
- Chapter 17.68 - Hazardous Materials Storage Permit
- Chapter 17.82 - Fire Safety During Construction
Permits shall be in accordance with Section 105 of the 2016 California Fire Code.
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.
There shall be two types of permits as follows:
- 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:
- A prescribed period.
- Until renewed or revoked.
- 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.
If you have questions regarding the fee increase or the billing process, you may contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
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.
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 Department Planning Approvals
- Fire Apparatus Access Requirements
- Development Plan Review Targets Building Fire