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408-535-3555

Inquiries and Assistance
M-Tu-Th-F
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Wednesdays
9:00 am-4:00 pm

Plan Intake and 
Permit Issuance

M-Tu-Th-F
8:00-11:30 am/1:00-3:30 pm
Wednesdays
9:00-11:30 am/1:00-3:30 pm
Last customer taken at
11:30 am and 3:30 pm
Permit Center
New for High Rises – Eplan Review
Starting April 1, 2016 the Building Division is reviewing all new high rise projects through electronic plan review. See our new San José Eplans bulletin for more information and instructions. 

Permit Services 
Our bulletin How to Get a Building Permit provides the steps to getting a permit and helps you choose the permit service that fits your project.

Online Permits - Visit www.sjpermits.org to apply for simple permits, schedule inspections, track proposed projects, and more. Online permits is our lowest cost permit service, saving you $40 compared to an Over-the-Counter permit.

Over-The-Counter Permit Service - Walk in with plans, walk out with a permit in hand! No appointment is needed. This service is for single-family and duplex projects or 1-story, non-sprinklered multifamily buildings. Projects are limited to minor structural changes. See How to Get a Building Permit for information on qualifying projects. Service hours:
M-Tu-Th-F: 8:00-11:30 a.m. / 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays:  9:00-11:30 a.m. / 1:00-3:30 p.m.

 
Plan Review Services - For projects with structural changes. For Regular Plan Review, just come to the Permit Center with accurate plans, no appointment needed (you may schedule one if you prefer). For projects with tight timelines, consider the Express or Enhanced Express options that deliver faster service and charge a higher rate.See How to Get a Building Permit for information on qualifying projects. Express service requires an appointment; call 408-535-3555.

STI/ITI Expedited Plan Review - For qualifying Special Tenant Improvements (STI) and Industrial Tool Installations (ITI), we offer expedited plan review that brings together the project designers and the full City review team in one meeting. See the STI/ITI Handout for more information, or email us at at 
 

Got Questions?

Building Information Inspector
For questions regarding permits, codes, inspections or plan review, leave us a message and we'll respond within two business days:
Email: 
    Voicemail: 408-535-7641

Planning, Zoning, and Sign Ordinance Questions
Call 408-535-3555 - Ask to speak with a planner.
A planner will answer your questions regarding planning, zoning, tree removal and signs. 


Validated Parking - We offer validated parking for the lot under the City Hall Tower; entrance is on 6th Street.