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Permit Center
Phone: 408-535-3555
Hours of Service

Code Enforcement
Phone: 408-535-7770
Open: 8:00 am - Noon;
1:00 - 5:00pm
Closed: Noon - 1:00pm

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About Us

COVID-19 PROCEDURE: The Permit Center is closed to the public, but we are continuing services. Staff are working remotely to conduct plan review and issue permits. On-site inspections continue only on Housing Construction projects; video conferencing is used for single-family projects. Inspection of commercial projects is suspended, except to ensure those sites are properly secured. Please view our Remote Procedures page for details and instructions.

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.