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Harry Freitas
Harry Freitas

Permit Center
Hours of Service

Code Enforcement
Open:  8:00 am - Noon
   1:00 - 5:00pm
Closed:  Noon - 1:00pm
Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
Creating and maintaining a safe, healthy, attractive, and vibrant place to live, work, and play in San José is the mission of the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE). We work closely with our community and the City Council to achieve this mission within the context of applicable regulations.

Planning Division 
Planning Official Steve McHarris oversees the Planning Division, which updates and implements San José’s General Plan; reviews development proposals for zoning and environmental compliance, and obtains public input on those proposals; supports the Planning Commission; and administers a variety of programs.

Building Division 
Chief Building Official Chu Chang oversees the Building Division, which conducts plan reviews, issues building permits, inspects projects for building code compliance, and provides lead management of the Permit Center and online permitting at

Code Enforcement
Code Enforcement Official Diane Buchanan oversees the Code Enforcement Division, which manages programs to ensure compliance with housing and neighborhood health, building and zoning codes.

Development Services Partners
The Planning and Building divisions and the Public Works Department, Fire Prevention Bureau, and Office of Economic Development work together to enable coordinated development services to our customers and community.

Media Relations

Media are encouraged to contact PBCE Public Information Manager Cheryl Wessling at or 408-230-4423 for facts about the department's programs and activities or to connect with subject matter experts. View our news releases at the PBCE section of City News Releases.