Code Enforcement Services in the City of San Jose
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.
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: https://secure.sanjoseca.gov/codeEnforcement/blightReport.htm
Although anonymous requests are not accepted, all information regarding who submitted the Complaint is kept confidential.
Thank you. We look forward to serving you.