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Department of Planning and Development

Published on: 9/8/2016 1:55 PM

The mission of the Department of Planning and Development is to protect the county's natural resources; to ensure quality and sustainable community development and affordable housing; and to protect the public health, safety and welfare of our constituents through the application and enforcement of the County of Santa Clara's Ordinance Code and land use policies.​​​​​​​

Please Note - On Wednesday, September 28th, all Planning and Development Staff will be at an off-site training event between 10:30am and 3:30pm. Public counter and permit services will not be available during this period, but will resume again at 3:30 pm that day.


Applicants now have the option of making an appointment with the Planning Office by calling (408) 299-6589 for the submittal and resubmittal of the following application types:

      • Architecture and Site Approval
      • Building Site Approval
      • Subdivision
      • Use Permit

Appointments are available for Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm.

Appointments for application submittals are optional at this time. It is highly encouraged that applicants use the new appointment-based system, which avoids waiting in line and provides better certainty on time needed to visit the Planning Office to submit applications.

Starting in late August/early September, the Planning Office will require the above applications to be submitted by appointment only.


What's New

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Policy Framework -
The County is working with the Open Space Authority to prepare a Sustainable Agricultural Lands Policy Framework for preserving Agriculture in Southern Santa Clara County, partially funded by the State Department of Conservation
Land Development Standards and Policies Draft Revisions
Working Draft of Technical Bulletin #3
Sargent Quarry Project
The project proposes operation of a sand and gravel mining operation and construction and operation of aggregate processing facilities on an approximately 320-acre area four miles south of the City of Gilroy, California.
Lehigh Quarry Information
Permanente Quarry is a limestone and aggregate mining operation and cement plant located in the foothills above Cupertino.
Revised Standards for Roads and Driveways
The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection adopted amendments to the Public Resources Code, Section 4290.
development activity 
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A list of fees associated with various services our department offers.


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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.


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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. To access our Interactive Property Profile, which combines our traditional Property Profile app with an Interactive Map, click here.

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Research a Property *UPDATED*
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70 West Hedding Street
7th Floor East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: (408) 299-5770

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