Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Services in the City of San Jose

(408) 535-7770

Code Enforcement is a division of the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement. We utilize education and enforcement tools to facilitate compliance with Municipal Codes designed to maintain a healthy, safe and clean environment, carry out land use policy, and preserve the quality of life standards that residents and businesses enjoy in our community. 

Announcement - Yard Waste Enforcement Suspended

Effective November 24, 2014 and continuing through March 2015, Code Enforcement will NOT take any complaints for early set out of yard waste.  Seasonal weather often generates more yard waste.  Residents are encouraged to regularly sweep leaves and branches to keep the storm drains clear.  

Common Code Violations

  • Blighted and unmaintained properties
  • Hazardous and overgrown vegetation
  • Vacant and unsecured properties
  • Building Code violations (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.), including construction or change of occupancy without permits.
  • Visible storage of junk and debris in the front of residential properties
  • Disruptive and illegal businesses in neighborhoods
  • Early set-out of garbage and recycling   
  • Overflowing garbage containers
  • Signs, including signs in the public right-of-way or  failure to have required permits
  • Inoperable or abandoned vehicles on private property.
  • Illegal dumping of garbage on private property.
  • Zoning requirement violations for structures and land use requirements, including the use of the structure, location, configuration and size.
  • Parking violations on unimproved surfaces.  Unimproved surfaces can include but are not limited to: lawn dirt, gravel and plywood.
  • Graffiti on private property.
  • Substandard housing conditions.
  • Smoking in bars and restaurant
  • Smoking in unapproved outdoor areas

Issues that are NOT code violations:

  • Civil disputes between private parties
  • Evictions
  • Personal grievances

Contact us:

Code Enforcement
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph: (408) 535-7770

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