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Department of Planning and Development

Published on: 9/30/2015 9:55 AM

The Department of Planning and Development is the protector of Santa Clara County's natural resources. We work to ensure quality and sustainable community development. We strive to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our constituents through the application and enforcement of County of Santa Clara's Ordinance Code and land use policies.




We are Modernizing - Please Excuse Our Dust

We are modernizing and undergoing a Floor Remodel Project with upgrades to the 7th Floor Front Counter and customer service areas. Please bear with us during the ongoing construction which is anticipated to conclude in Autumn 2015.

The service level of the Dept. of Planning & Development’s Permit Center will be significantly reduced on Monday, Oct. 5th between Noon and 5:00pm due to staff training. If possible, please plan your visit to avoid this time.

Again, thank you for your patience during this process.


What's New



General Plan Update
The General is in the process of having several of its elements updated.
Current Development Projects
A list of current development projects subject to public notification, Including:
            • Santa Clara County Jail Replacement; File 10729
            • Stanford Perimeter Trail; File 8464
            • Hindu Temple Expansion; File 5056
            • Cahn Thai Temple; File 10302



Updated Fees
Several of our fee schedules have been updated.



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We create and maintain several maps and mapping applications that can be used to gain information about a property, including development activity, political jurisdictions, hazard areas, land use regulations, and other spatial data.



Contact Us


70 West Hedding Street
7th Floor East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: (408) 299-5770

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