Development Permit Applications


The Department of Planning & Development is only accepting electronic submittals, as paper plan sets cannot be reviewed at this time.

  1. A public user account in the InSite Public Portal will be required to complete the application process, to make payment and upload documents.
    1. To create a user account, see Santa Clara County InSite Public User Manual. Note the public user account email on the Intake form.


NOTE: Over the counter mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and reroof permits may be applied for by a licensed contractor directly on-line. Please visit InSite Public Portal, login and create your “On-Line Permit” application.

  1. Once your user account has been created, login to the InSite Public Portal and Create Development Application.
    1. Select “Application Request” and submit:
      1. A completed Development (Building and Grading) Permit Application form.
      2. A complete Plan Set. If plan set exceeds 100 MB, plans can be separated by disciplines as necessary (i.e. Architectural, Structural, M/E/P, Landscape, Civil). Group the disciplines to minimize the number of files uploaded.
      3. Calcs, Spec Sheets, or any additional supporting documents.
  2. Documents MUST comply with the Building Submittal Requirements, Digital Submittal Requirements, and Naming Conventions.
    1. To upload digital documents, see “How to Submit the Documents Electronically” worksheet.
  3. A Permit Technician will verify completeness of submittal, create a permit application number, provide access to the invoice for payment and uploading of documents, within 72 business hours.


NOTE: Applications for new structures and additions are subject to Planning Clearance prior to processing. If Planning Clearance cannot be granted, you will be notified of next steps.

Additional Notes:

  • If a notification is not received within 72 business hours from the time the application is uploaded, please email us at [email protected].
  • This process is subject to change as improvements are implemented by the Department.


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