- Airport Land Use Commission
Intended to minimize the public's exposure to excessive noise and safety hazards around airports, and to ensure that the approaches to airports are kept clear of obstructions that could pose as aviation safety hazards.
- Historical Heritage Commission
The Historical Heritage Commission (HHC) was established by the Board of Supervisors to protect, preserve, and promote historic resources within Santa Clara County.
- Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and is the primary decision-making authority for certain development applications. It also advises the Board of Supervisors on various land-use policy matters.
- Applicants' Roundtable
A forum to advise applicants of upcoming changes in County policies, explain and clarify current policies, and gain feedback and suggestions regarding our process and policies.
- San Martin Planning Advisory Committee
A committee to serve in an advisory role for development and land use concerns in the San Martin Planning Area.
- South County Joint Planning Advisory Committee
A committee to serve in an advisory role for development and land use concerns in the southern area of Santa Clara County. This committee is a joint venture between the County, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and the area of San Martin.
- State Minimum Fire Safe Regulation Appeals
The County has recently adopted an ordinance to more effectively implement State Minimum Fire Safe Regulations, which apply to lands designated as in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) and, since July 1, 2021, in the Local Responsibility Area (LRA) Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ).
- Zoning Administration
Zoning Administration is a function of the Planning Office including the conduct of public hearings and issuance of permits required under the Zoning Ordinance, including Design Review, Special Permit, and Variance. Public hearings may also include concurrently processed applications for single building site approval, grading, or other required discretionary approval. Zoning Administration also includes the processing and approval of various administrative permits, with our without public hearing, such as Entertainment Events, under provisions of Division B3, Amusements, of the County Ordinance Code, Title B.