Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Services in the City of San Jose

(408) 277-4528

What is Our Mission?

It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division of the department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement to work in partnership with the residents/tenants and employers/employees of San Jose to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment.

What Types Of Codes Do We Enforce?

The Code Enforcement Division enforces regulations related to the following:

  • Blight on private properties (items in front yard, inoperable vehicle storage, graffiti, etc.)
  • Building Code violations and construction without permits
  • Hazardous property conditions
  • Hazardous vegetation on private, developed property
  • Housing Code violations (minimum standards for safe, sanitary housing)
  • inoperable and abandoned vehicles on private property
  • Lawn Parking
  • Signs, including signs in public right-of-way and signs without permits
  • Smoking in public places
  • Solid Waste (inadequate service, early set-out of containers, illegal dumping)
  • Water waste
  • Zoning requirements for structures (such as use, location, configuration and size) and land use requirement

What Tools Does Code Enforcement Use?

Code Enforcement utilizes a variety of tools in an effort to achieve compliance. Education is our primary tool as many individuals may be unaware they have a violation.
We will work with the responsible person and provide a time frame to resolve the issue without penalty.

If education does not resolve the condition, Code Enforcement may utilize the following tools:
Administrative Citation - This remedy is designed to address minor violations. The Citation fines range from $75 - $5,000

Civil Penalties - This remedy is used for major violations. Penalties of up to $2,500 per day, per violation may be assessed after a hearing before the San Jose Appeals hearing Board.
Abatement This remedy is used where the City needs to abate a public nuisance. Unpaid costs can result in a property lien.

Judicial remedies - the two most common options are criminal prosecution or Cńvil injunction.

Referral - Occasionally, Code Enforcement will determine that no violation is present and may refer the impacted parties to the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations (408) 792-2314.

How Can I Obtain Service or Learn More?

Please phone 277-4528, or on-line at:

Although anonymous requests are not accepted, all information regarding who submitted the Complaint is kept confidential.

Thank you. We look forward to serving you.