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Planning Applications and Appointments

Before You Submit an Application

We recommend that you speak with a Planner regarding the permit application forms and requirements necessary to your proposed project.

How to contact a Planner: Email ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 


Application Submittal Requirements

Each form outlines the requirements for the related application package. View also:


Fees

See the Planning Fee Schedule for all application fees.

Initial Submittal Fee

Initial Submittal Fee - Fee payment is always required at the time you submit your application. For some applications, the City accepts payment, by check or credit card, of a lower Initial Submittal Fee (see table of applications below). However, review of an application will not begin until fees are paid in full.

Notice of Fees Due

If you receive a Notice of Fees Due, the fee balance must be paid within 14 calendar days from the date of your application submittal appointment or the application will be voided. A refund of any payment minus a record retention fee will be issued to you. A new application and full payment of fees will be required to restart a project.

Remaining fees can be paid:


Processing Timelines

See the Plan Review Time Frames table for an estimated application review timeline for a typical project. Time frames may vary based on staffing levels.


Planning Applications

Non-appointment or Appointment Required

The table below and the application forms themselves indicate if an appointment is required.

For applications that can be submitted without an appointment, email the completed application to ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov

Appeal and protest applications can be be submitted via email to ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov with the completed appeal application.

For applications that require an appointment, use the online Appointment Scheduler to schedule your appointment. If no time slots are available, email Supervising Planner John Tu, John.Tu@sanjoseca.gov to be considered to be placed on the appointment wait list. In the email, attach a PDF of the completed application and application package (the required items listed on the application) to determine you have a complete application to be put on the wait list.

Cancellation or Reschedule Appointment: If you must cancel or reschedule, please do so at least 24 hours prior to your appointment and contact your assigned Planner or Staff Technician by email or phone. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule to a later date.

Application Form Initial
Submittal Fee
Submit to Average Project Timeline
Affidavit of Ownership Form    
Administrative Permits
Backup/Standby Generator Facility Permit Application $3277 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
Outdoor Vending Facility Permit Application $3277 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
Small Recycling Facility / Reverse Vending Machine Permit Application $3277 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
Temporary Trailer / Antenna Trailer Permit Application $3277 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
Utility Structure Permit Application $3277 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
Taproom or Tasting Room Permit Application $3277   3rd FL -Appointment Required  
Wireless Facility Permit Application $3277 3rd FL -Appointment Required
Development and Use Forms

Annexation

$43,370 3rd FL- Appointment Required 8 months

Conditional Use Permit

$20,914
3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months

Conditional Use Permit Amendment

$20,226
3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months

Development Exception or Variance

$8,878 3rd FL - Appointment Required 5 months

General Plan Amendment

$29,174
3rd FL - Appointment Required 9 months

Reasonable Accommodation

$10,351 3rd FL - Appointment Required 4 months
Rezoning/Prezoning
$12,709 3rd FL - Appointment Required 5 months
$11,305 3rd FL - Appointment Required 5 months
Site Development Permit
  • Residential
$12,127
3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months
  • Residential - Permit Amendment
$11,836
3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months
  • Non-Residential
$13,427
3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months
  • Non-Residential - Permit Amendment
$13,136
3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months

Special Use Permit (Existing Single-Family Residence)

$7,851
3rd FL - Appointment Required 4 months

Special Use Permit

$15,211 3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months
Community Sign Application (does not include Development and associated fees) $16,462 3rd FL -Appointment Required 6 months
Fence Variance $6,969 3rd FL -Appointment Required 6 months
Parking Analysis $325 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  2 weeks
Permit Adjustment
  • Category 1
$325 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  Over the Counter
  • Category 2
$899 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
2 weeks
Preliminary Review Request
  • Focused Review for one single-family house on a single lot
$291 (base fee) ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  30 days
  • Focused Review for all projects except one single-family house on a single lot
$873 (base fee) ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  30 days
  • Enhanced Review
$1,164 (base fee) ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  45 days
Reasonable Accommodation Request $8,545
3rd FL -Appointment Required 6 months
Sign Permit $223(base fee) ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  Over the Counter
Single-Family House Permit
  • Historic, Administrative
$651
ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  2 months
  • Non-Historic Administrative
$2,472 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
2 months
  • Public Hearing
$7,972 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  6 months
Street Renaming
  • Minor
$5,372
3rd FL - Appointment Required 3 months
  • Major
$13,131
3rd FL - Appointment Required 6 months
Supergraphics Signs Form (must submitted with Site Development Permit and associated fees) $11,914 3rd FL -Appointment Required 3-6 months
Tree Removal
  • Dead or Unsuitable
$244 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  Over the Counter
  • Live, single-family and two-family/duplex properties
$2,273
ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  3 months
  • Live, multifamily and non-residential
$2,599 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  3 months
Zoning Protest (non-applicant) $250 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  4 months
Zoning Verification Letter
  • ABC License, DMV, Massage, Cottage Food, Bingo Letter
$448
ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  Over the Counter
  • Basic Research/Rebuild Letter
$448 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  2 weeks
  • Comprehensive Research Letter
$3,596 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  2 weeks
  • Pay Lending Establishment
$651 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  2 weeks
  • Legal Non-Conforming
$5,170 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  6 months
Development and Use Forms for Planning Development Zones
Planned Development Permit
  • Residential
$12,193
3rd FL - Appointment Required 7 months
  • Residential - Permit Amendment
$11,505 3rd FL - Appointment Required 5 months
  • Non-Residential
$13,493 3rd FL - Appointment Required 8 months
  • Non-Residential - Permit Amendment
$12,805 3rd FL - Appointment Required 5 months
Planned Development Zoning
  • Residential
$22,009 3rd FL - Appointment Required 11 months
  • Non-Residential
$19,796 3rd FL - Appointment Required 11 months
Environmental Review Forms
Appeal of Environmental Determination
  • Applicant appeal
$11,247 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  3 months
  • Non-applicant appeal
$250 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  3 months
Geologic Testing Form $873 3rd FL Email to env-review@sanjoseca.gov
Historic Preservation Forms
Historic District or Conservation Area Nomination $1,679 3rd FL -Appointment Required 12 months
Historic Landmark Nomination Form $4,570 3rd FL - Appointment Required 6 months
Historic Preservation Permit/Amendment $987
3rd FL - Appointment Required 6 months
Historic Preservation Permit Adjustment $223 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  Over the Counter
Historic Property Contract (Mills Act) $2,228 3rd FL - Appointment Required 6 months
Processes and Services Forms
Document Duplication Request Varies ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  2 weeks
Permit Appeal
  • Applicant appeal
$11,247 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  3 months
  • Non-applicant appeal
$250 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov 
3 months
Refund Request Processing Fees Apply ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  3 months
Special Purpose Forms
Stormwater Evaluation Form   3rd FL - must submit with required forms   
Tract Sales Office Adjustment $325 ZoningQuestions@sanjoseca.gov  Over the Counter
Zoning Code Verification Certificate Application for Medical Marijuana See SJPD Website - -
Subdivision Forms
Certificate of Compliance $6,418 3rd FL - Appointment Required 6 months
Covenant of Easement $5,677 3rd FL - Appointment Required 3 months
Petition for Release of Covenant of Easement $5,677 3rd FL - Appointment Required 3 months
Lot Line Adjustment $2,606 3rd FL - Appointment Required 4 months
Lot Line Adjustment (with Development Permit) $3,409 3rd FL - Appointment Required 4 months
Tentative Map $12,023 3rd FL - Appointment Required 6 months
Williamson Act Cancellation $22,271 3rd FL -Appointment Required 6 months

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