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The County of Santa Clara has jurisdiction over Unincorporated lands.

Department of Planning and Development Covid-19 Operations and Services

By appoin​tment only, the Department of Planning and Development will be available for Virtual Public Counter Consultations. The Department of Planning and Development is currently undergoing facility modifications to be able to interface with the Public in person, in adherence with the required Social Distancing protocols.

Updated: May 3, 2020 – Amended Order Issued, April 29, 2020

Based on an amended “Shelter In Place” order issued Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by the County of Santa Clara Health Officer, and in light of COVID-19 response measures from the Governor of the State of California, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), commencing Monday, May 4, through Friday, May 29, 2020, will be providing Essential Governmental Functions.  DPD Essential Governmental Functions are limited to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our staff and community and shall be performed remotely or electronically, to the maximum extent possible.  When remote services are not achievable and in compliance with Social Distancing Protocols, the DPD office will be open, for Appointments only, beginning the week of May 11, 2020.  

The following activities are authorized under the Order:

  1. ​Public Works projects, subject to Construction Safety Protocols listed in Appendix B-1 and B-2 except if other protocols are specified by the Health Officer; and
  2. Construction projects, as permitted under the State Shelter Order, pursuant to the Construction Safety Protocols listed in Appendix B-1 and B-2

The DPD will provide construction and building inspections services for public works projects and construction projects subject to the sites that are in compliance with Appendix B-1: Small Construction Project Protocol and Appendix B-2: Large Construction Project Site Protocol​, as applicable.  

To facilitate these measures, all non-essential staff will be under a “Shelter In Place” directive, working remotely from home. ​

For information on scheduling building inspections and required safety practices please click the following link​

We are also providing, or working on providing, the following services:

For non-essential inquiries, please fill out the Non-Essential Inquiry form​​. The non-essential inquiry will be reviewed daily and will be responded to on a case-by-case basis. Please note: Response to your non-essential inquiry could be delayed.

Santa Clara County Public Health information about Covid-19

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. The Health Department is taking action to protect the public and keep the community informed. 


InSite, Our new online permit center, is live.

We are accepting electronic applications for Development Permits (Building and Grading) and Planning Resubmittals. Learn how to make digital submittals​.

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Property Profile

A reporting tool designed to provide usef​ul information about a parcel's location, jurisdiction, General Plan designation, Zoning, and other data of interest. We Also have an Interactive Property Profile, which combines our traditional Property Profile app with an Interactive Map.

Mission Statement​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The mission of the Department of Planning and Development is to serve the residents of Santa Clara County by ensuring safe construction, quality sustainable land development, and protection of the natural resources through the fair and equitable application and enforcement of County policies, ordinances, and regulations, while providing excellent customer service through our four core values:​​​​​​​
  • Be knowledgeable
  • Be accountable – Take responsibility
  • Be proactive – Seek solutions
  • Be empathetic, respectful and responsive​

What's New

Housing Construction
The County of Santa Clara is proposing a Countywide Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that would apply to the development of three or more housing units in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County
Ag Worker Housing
The County of Santa Clara is proposing Zoning Ordinance amendments to streamline the permitting process for agricultural employee housing.
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First Community Stakeholder Group (CSG) Meeting - June 10, Wednesday at 6 pm via Video Conference.
Accessory Dwelling Unit
A series of California State Laws impacting the development of ADUs go into effect on January 1, 2020. The County updated its Ordinances to reflect these new laws. The new ordinance is effective March 10, 2020.
RV Park
The Department is proposing several amendments to the County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance in relation to RV Parks.
Quarry Dumptruck
On November 22, 2019, an “Intent to Appeal” was submitted to the State Mining and Geology Board (Board) on behalf of Lehigh Southwest Cement Company (Lehigh). The Board declined to accept the appeal.
Cordoba Center
The project was granted approval at the August 22, 2019 Planning Commission​ meeting. This action was appealed. The public hearing before the Board of Supervisors was in March and the Board issued a Resolution on March 24, 2020.
Development Project Map
A list of current development projects subject to public notification, grouped by geographic area.

Popular Picks

Fee Brochure
A list of fees associated with various services our department offers.
House Frame
Item Information about the permitting process and necessary steps to Build or Remodel a House or another structure.
House Frame
Information and form to see if your property is an Approved Building Site.
What is the Status of My Permit? Email our Permit Center to check up on the status of your permit.
Property Profile
A reporting tool designed to provide the public with useful information about a parcel's location, jurisdiction, General Plan designation, Zoning, and other data of interest. We Also have an Interactive Property Profile, which combines our traditional Property Profile app with an Interactive Map.
GIS Mapping
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.
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How to report a suspected violation
House Under Magnifying Glass
Information in regards to projects on a property, Specific property information, and relevant Maps to a property

Contact Us

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

Phone: (408) 299-5770

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Last updated: 5/20/2020 4:52 PM