Virtual & Online Services

The following online services are available for consultations and the submittal of permit applications.

Virtual Public Counter Consultations

New Planning (Land Use) Applications Planning (Land Use) Application Resubmittals Development (Building and Grading) Permit Applications

Public Inquiries

  • Email our Permit Center at [email protected] and our permit technicians will respond to you​

The planning division has revised the planning application checklists and master application forms. Any new planning applications submitted on or after January 8th, 2024 must use the newly implemented checklists and master application
Please note, any applications requests that have not been converted to a new planning record must also use the new checklists and master application.

Checklists and Procedures

Planning Division

  • Planning Master Application
  • Residential application checklist
    Agricultural employee housing, Building site approval, CEQA analysis, Design review, Grading abatement, Grading approval, moveable tiny homes (ADUs), Pre-screening applications, Special permit, Temporary agricultural residence
  • Non-residential application checklist
    Architecture & site approval, CEQA analysis, Grading abatement, Grading approval, Hemp, Signs, Special permit, Use permit
  • Miscellaneous application checklist
    ABC state license clearance, Agriculture building exemption, Bingo permit, Certificate of compliance, Dance permit, Entertainment permit/Circus license, Event with tents and/or fireworks, Fortune telling, Grading abatement, Grading approval, Landmark alteration permit, Landmark designation/Heritage resource inventory, Lot line adjustment/Lot merger, Open space easement compatible use determination, Parade, Mills Act participation, Stream setback exception, Subdivision, Tree removal, Variance, Williamson Act compatible use determination, Zoning amendment/General Plan amendment
  • SB330 Housing Development Project
    Housing development projects pursuant to Senate Bill 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019.
  • Planning Fees

Building Division

  • Alternate Material, Design, or Method of Construction
    A permit application and review process that can be used to propose an alternate means of code compliance. This process is separate and in addition to any other permit application made for a project.
  • Building Permit
    A building permit must be obtained before you construct, enlarge, alter, move, replace, repair, improve, convert, or demolish any building or structure.
  • Demolition Permit
    As well as a Building Permit, a Demolition permit is necessary in order to demolish an existing structure.
  • Drainage Permit
    If your project is creating more than 2,000 square feet of net new impervious area or changing an existing drainage pattern, a drainage permit is required.
  • FEMA - Change Special Flood Hazard Zone designation
    If your project proposes to change your Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Special Flood Hazard Zone designation, FEMA has created a process of preliminary approval.
  • FEMA - Remove a Structure
    To remove a structure from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Special Flood Hazard Zone, an application to amend (Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA)), or revise due to the inclusion of fill (Letter of Map Revision-Fill (LOMR-F)), the limits of the flood zone is required by FEMA.
  • Fire Marshal Permits and Clearances
    Various permits and clearances issued by the Fire Marshal's Office.
  • Generator Application for Residential Use​
  • Grading Permit
    After your project has received Grading Approval from the Planning Office, you are authorized to apply for a Grading Permit.
  • Grading or Drainage Permit Modification
    If you need to modify your existing Grading or Drainage Permit.
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Permit
    Information and Permitting requirements for a Photovoltaic (PV) Solar System
  • Post Approval Monitoring
  • Renewable Energy Permits
    Information and procedures to apply for an Electric-Vehicle charging station, Wind Turbine system, or Fuel Cell Power Generating System
  • SB9 Urban Lot Splits
    A parcel/lot within a single-family residential zoning district and within a U.S. Census defined urbanized area is potentially eligible for ministerial approval of 1) two dwelling units on a parcel (Urban Two-Unit Development), and/or 2) two-lot subdivisions, each lot permitted with two single-family dwelling units (Urban Lot Splits).
  • SolarApp+
    County of Santa Clara and SolarApp+ provide near instant PV Solar permits for Residential Rooftop systems.
  • Stormwater Quality Permit
    If your project creates more than 2,500 square feet of new impervious area, or changes the existing drainage pattern on the property, a stormwater quality permit is required.
  • Subdivision Maps and Improvement Permit
    After the Tentative Map​ is approved in the Planning Office, Tract/Parcel Maps for recording and Improvement Plans require review and approval prior to recording.
  • Temporary Residence
    A bonding procedure to allow for the limited-time occupancy of a mobile home or recreational vehicle during the permitted construction of a dwelling or following a casualty event.
  • Underground Utility Waiver
    A petition to evaluate special circumstances that may warrant an exception to the requirement for the underground installation of utilities. 

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Permit Status

What is the Status of My Permit? Email our Permit Center to check up on the status of your permit.


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Digital Document Submittal Requirements

To encourage more efficient and sustainable plan review, Santa Clara County accepts digital submittals for all applications reviewed by the Planning and Development Services Office.

  1. The Applicant will compile all application materials in the required formats​ (including Naming Conventions​).
  2. Upload all required materials via the Insite Public Portal (with a hyperlink to the portal) or bring a thumb drive with all required materials to the Planning and Development Services Office to make the submittal.

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