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Building Division
200 E. Santa Clara St.
Tower, 2nd Floor
San José, CA 95113-1905

Phone: 408-535-3555

Permit Center
Hours of Service

Building Permit Process

The first step to getting a permit is choosing the permit service that is appropriate for your project. Fins this same information in our bulletin, How to Get a Building Permit.

Choose The Permit Service That Fits

Our permit services are scaled to fit projects that range from simple to complex.

sjpermits-iconOur lowest-cost permits are online. Good for simple projects and installations of appliances or residential solar panels.

Fast and easy, go to to download a permit and schedule an inspection online, and save $40. Limited to simple projects and installations of equipment, major appliances, and residential solar panels. See which projects qualify at Be ready to register, provide the property address, your email address, and a credit card number for payment.

Over-the-Counter Service

CH-Permit-CounterWalk in with accurate plans, walk out with a permit.

Only for residential projects with no or minor structural changes. No appointment needed—just come to the Development Services Permit Center with accurate plans. See which projects qualify for Over-the-Counter Service.

Plan Review Service

splunk-review-teamFor projects with structural changes or new construction.

Your plans are reviewed by experts for compliance with zoning regulations and building codes. No appointment needed for Regular Plan Review—just come to the Permit Center with accurate plans. Your type of property determines your Plan Review Service:

small-shopSmall Business Permit Help

Get no-cost help finding the right site or guidance with the permit process if you are planning to improve your business space. Learn more at our Small Business Coach Service.