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Department of Planning and Development

Published on: 5/27/2016 3:39 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.​​​​​​​


What's New

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Policy Framework -
Working 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
Los Gatos Creek Watershed
Los Gatos Creek Watershed Maintenance Program
The proposed project is a watershed maintenance program that would consist of activities intended to improve the operation of water supply facilities operated by San Jose Water company (SJWC) in the Los Gatos Creek Watershed.
Lehigh Quarry Information
Permanente Quarry is a limestone and aggregate mining operation and cement plant located in the foothills above Cupertino.
Mt Umunhum
Mt. Umunhum
On February 18, 2016 the Historical Heritage Commission will consider a recommendation to include the Mount Umunhum Radar Tower in the County Heritage Resource Inventory and forward a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
            • Santa Clara County is engaged in a review and update of its regulations governing Secondary Dwellings.
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 
Current Development Projects
A list of current development projects subject to public notification, Including:
            • Stanford - Escondido Village Housing Expansion; File 7165
            • Hindu Temple Expansion; File 5056
            • Cahn Thai Temple; File 10302
            • South Valley Islamic Center; File 2145




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Build on or Improve a Property
Item Information about the permitting process and necessary steps to Build or Remodel a House or another structure.

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Report a Violation
How to report a suspected violation


Research a Property
Information in regards to projects on a property, Specific property information, and relevant Maps to a property


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.


GIS Mapping Tools
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.

Fee Brochure 

Departmental Fees
A list of fees associated with various services our department offers.



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

Phone: (408) 299-5770

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