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

Phone: 408-535-3555

Permit Center
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News and Announcements

2019 California Building Codes Go into Effect January 1, 2020
For more information about the changes, see the Adopted Building Codes page.


Free Workshop: Significant Changes in the 2019 California Codes - February 28
City staff will highlight the significant changes to the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Residential, and Fire codes, as well as Reach Code CALGreen and Building Energy Efficiency Standards. You are welcome to attend any of the topical sessions. See event details.

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.

Got Questions?

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For questions regarding building permits, codes, inspections or plan review, leave us a message and we'll respond within two business days:

View our Home Improvement Presentations:

Energy-Saving Home Improvements
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Strengthening Your Home Against Earthquakes