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Virtual & Online Services

The following online services are available for consultations and the submittal of permit applications.


Public Inquiries


Checklists and Procedures

  • Movable Tiny Homes​
    Planning Clearance for Movable Tiny Homes
  • Open Space Easement Compatible Use Determination
    An evaluation of proposed uses and development is compatible with an open space easement.
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Permit
    Information and Permitting requirements for a Photovoltaic (PV) Solar System
  • Post Approval Monitoring
  • Pre-Screening Process
    The pre-screening process is an optional review for property owners, architects, engineers and developers that provides preliminary project evaluation by County agency staff prior to application submittal.
  • Renewable Energy Permits
    Information and procedures to apply for an Electric-Vehicle charging station, Wind Turbine system, or Fuel Cell Power Generating System
  • Rezoning, Zone Changes,
    and Zoning Interpretation

    Information and procedures to have the zoning of a property interpreted for a specific use, or to apply for a rezoning or zone change for a property.
  • Special Permit
    A special permit is necessary for uses presumed to be generally appropriate within a zoning district, but whose intensity, impact, or other characteristics require discretionary review.
  • Sto​rmwater Quality Permit
    If your project creates more than 2,500 square feet of new impervious area, or changes the existing drainage pattern on the property, a stormwater quality permit is required.
  • Subdivision
    The subdivision procedure provides for the division of land for the purpose of sale, lease, or financing.
  • Subdivision Maps and Improvement Permit
    After the Tentative Map​ is approved in the Planning Office, Tract/Parcel Maps for recording and Improvement Plans require review and approval prior to recording.
  • Temporary Residence
    A bonding procedure to allow for the limited-time occupancy of a mobile home or recreational vehicle during the permitted construction of a dwelling or following a casualty event.
  • Tree Removal
    Information for the permit necessary to remove a protected tree.
  • Underground Utility Waiver
    A petition to evaluate special circumstances that may warrant an exception to the requirement for the underground installation of utilities. 
  • Use Permit
    A permit required for certain intensive uses on a property.
  • Variance
    A discretionary review to consider a request for exceptions from certain development standards.
  • Williamson Act Compatible Use Determination
    An evaluation of proposed uses and development on a Williamson Act contracted property to be compatible with and incidental to the commercial agricultural use as required.


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Permit Status

What is the Status of My Permit? Email our Permit Center to check up on the status of your permit.


Landscape Plan Sheet

To encourage more efficient and sustainable plan review, Santa Clara County accepts digital submittals for all applications reviewed by the Planning and Development Services Office.

  1. The Applicant will compile all application materials in the required formats​ (including Naming Conventions​).
  2. The Applicant will store all required permit materials onto a thumb drive.
  3. The Applicant will bring the thumb drive and two paper plan sets, as required, to the Planning and Development Services Office to make the submittal.

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Last updated: 10/19/2020 3:32 PM