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COVID-19 PROCEDURE:  All procedures aim to protect everyone's health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The April 29, 2020 County Order allows all construction projects to proceed starting on May 4, 2020, subject to the following safety protocols:

Before you proceed with construction or scheduling an inspection, please make sure your project is in compliance with the protocols relevant to your project. Complying with these protocols is essential to the safety of construction workers, building inspectors, and anyone entering or leaving the project site.

We continue to offer remote services as follows:

  • Our staff are working remotely to help you, answer your questions, and to conduct plan review and issue permits. 
  • Using social distancing and protective gear, City inspectors may perform on-site inspections. Some inspections on single-family projects may be performed using video inspection of the work on the same day of installation.
  • Please view our Remote Procedures page for details and instructions. 

Thank you for you for taking steps to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department

Director Rosalynn Hughey oversees the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE). Assistant Director Chu Chang is also the City's Chief Building Official and oversees the department's permitting technology; coordination with the Development Services partners; and special programs.

Planning Division

The Citywide Planning function entails updates, amendments, and public input on San José’s General Plan; the planning and public engagement process for urban villages; the work of the City Design Team; and development of zoning and planning policies and amendments.

The Development Review function reviews and engages the community on development proposals, and supports the Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, Planning Director Hearings, and Developers Roundtable.

Building Division

The Building Division conducts plan reviews, issues building permits, and inspects projects for building code compliance. The division also oversees the Permit Center and online permitting at

Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Division manages programs to ensure compliance with housing and neighborhood health, building and zoning codes.

Development Services Permit Center

The Development Services Permit Center offers the permit and plan review services of the Planning Division, Building Division, Public Works Department, and Fire Prevention Bureau. We also help customers with permits issued by other departments and public agencies as may be needed specific types of projects. Visit the Development Services Permit Center page to learn more.


To guide the physical change of San José to create and maintain a safe, healthy, attractive, and vital place to live and work. We engage our community and the City Council in this mission.