The purpose of the mapping program is to ensure that private property is subdivided in accordance with the state’s Subdivision Map Act and all City of San José ordinances. There are two different types of maps that are processed by Public Works. These are Final Maps, more commonly known as Tract Maps, and Parcel Maps and are approved by the Director of Public Works
Tentative Maps - The requirement of tentative maps are governed by the Subdivision Map Act as well at Title 19.12 of the City of San Jose Municipal Code. For more information on the application of a tentative map please visit the Planning Division's Applications and Appointments page. Once the applicant has an approved tentative map, a Parcel Map or Tract Map prepared by a licensed Civil Engineer or Land Surveyor is submitted to Public Works for review and approval.
Final (Tract) Maps - This type of map is required for all subdivisions creating five or more parcels, five or more condominiums as defined in Section 783 of the Civil Code, a community apartment project containing five or more parcels, or for the conversion of a dwelling to a stock cooperative containing five or more dwelling units. Tract Maps first require approval of a Tentative Map by the Planning Department
Parcel Maps - This type of map is generally used to subdivide/reconfigure property into 1 to 4 lots. However, non-residential subdivisions greater than 4 lots can be mapped with a Parcel Map if the project meets applicable exemptions in the Subdivision Map Act.
Additional Tract and Parcel Map resources are available on our Applications, Instructions and Resources page.