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Community Preservation Ordinance

In order to protect the public from health and safety hazards and the harm to property values that result from the neglect and deterioration of property, and to preserve the livability, appearance, environment, and social and economic stability of unincorporated Santa Clara County (County), the County has adopted a Community Preservation Ordinance.

The Community Preservation Ordinance addresses urban property blight in unincorporated County lands and the scope of its application is limited to privately-owned properties in Urban Residential or Commercial base districts as defined in The County Zoning Ordinance.

Conditions identified as constituting property blight in the Community Preservation Ordinance include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Unsecured buildings and abandoned buildings and structures
  • Abandoned construction
  • Conditions that pose dangers to public health or safety, such as abandoned wells, if they are accessible to unauthorized persons due to inadequate security
  • Building or structure in a state of disrepair
  • Overgrown or decayed trees or vegetation creating potential for fire hazards, harboring infestations
  • Graffiti
  • Unlawfully stored or accumulated garbage and refuse
  • Impermissible outdoor storage such as a shipping container stored outdoors
  • Storing, dismantling, or maintaining vehicles in violation of the existing Zoning Ordinance restrictions

The County held two public meetings to provide information and solicit feedback and comments relating to the proposed Community Preservation Ordinance. Details of the public meetings below:

  • November 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Alum Rock Branch Library
    3090 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95127
  • November 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm in Room 157 at the County Government Center
    70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110

The County Board of Supervisors considered and unanimously adopted the Community Preservation Ordinance at its December 18, 2018 meeting.

For more information on the Ordinance please contact Charu Ahluwalia, Associate Planner, at (408) 299-5740 or

Last updated: 5/21/2019 12:18 PM