Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations . (more information)


Building Division
200 E. Santa Clara St.
Tower, 2nd Floor
San José, CA 95113

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COVID-19 PROCEDURE: The Permit Center is now closed to the public, but we are continuing services. To protect the health of customers and employees, Permit Center staff will work remotely to process your permits and conduct plan review. Inspections will continue on housing construction with safety gear and social distancing protocols. Inspection of commercial projects is suspended, except to ensure those sites are properly secured. Please view our Remote Procedures page for information and instructions.

The Building Division oversees construction on private property to ensure safe buildings and compliance with building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, zoning, engineering, energy, and accessibility codes and laws.

Our bulletin How to Get a Building Permit provides an overview of the steps to getting a permit and helps you select the right service for your project. Visit our Development Services Permit Center for an overview of all permit services and hours of service.

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