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1. How do I find zoning and General Plan land use information?
2. How tall can my house be?
3. What size addition may I make to my house?
4. What is a Single Family House Permit?
5. Where is my front property line relative to the sidewalk or park strip?
6. I live on a corner lot. Which is the front and which is the side property line?
7. What are the regulations for "accessory buildings" (e.g., garages, sheds, etc.) and "accessory structures" (e.g., gazebos, trellises, arbors, etc.)?
8. May I build a secondary unit or guest house (also called a "granny" or in-law unit)?
9. What are the rules for fences?
10. Do I need a permit to remove a tree?
11. Can I conduct a business from my home?
12. What permits are required for solar panels and photo voltaic (PV) systems?
13. How can I obtain feedback on a development proposal prior to submitting an application?
14. How much are the fees for planning and building permits?
15. Where can I see a sample site plan, building elevation, and floor plan?
16. Who can assist me in preparing materials for filing a planning permit application?
17. What is a Legal Nonconforming Use?
18. Where do I find the expiration date of an approved Development Permit?
19. How can I extend the life of an approved Development Permit?
20. Can I reactivate a Development Permit that has expired prior to obtaining a building permit?
21. Where can I find more information on land use planning in San Jose?
22. Where is City Hall?