The County of Santa Clara has jurisdiction over Unincorporated lands.
Department of Planning and Development Covid-19 Operations and Services
By appointment 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:
- 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
- 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 https://www.sccgov.org/sites/dpd/AboutUs/Building/Pages/Building.aspx
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.
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.
Looking for Property Information? Start Here
A reporting tool designed to provide 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.
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