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Kevin L. Riley
Director of Planning & Inspection

Email: Planning & Inspection
Telephone: 408-615-2450
Fax: 408-247-9857

Monday - Friday
8:00A-12:00P, 1:00P-5:00P

1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Use Permits


Within most zoning districts, certain uses are designated "conditional." Such uses may be established only by first securing a Use Permit. These are typically uses which have the potential of adverse impact and therefore, require more review than other permitted uses.

All Use Permits are revocable, conditional, or valid for a term period. Use Permits are confined to the particular use, building, property and plans submitted for which the Use Permit is granted. The life of a Use Permit approval, unless otherwise conditioned or revoked, shall continue indefinitely, with the exception that the approval shall expire and become null and void twelve (12) months following the cessation of the conditional use. (SCCC 18.110.010)

In order to grant any Use Permit, the Planning Commission must make the following findings:

  • That the establishment or operation of the use or building applied for, under the circumstances of the particular case, is essential or desirable to the public convenience or welfare;
  • That said use will not be detrimental to any of the following:
    • The health, safety, peace, morals, comfort, and general welfare of persons residing or working in the neighborhood of such proposed use;
    • Property or improvements in the neighborhood of such proposed use; or
    • The general welfare of the City;
  • That said use will not impair the integrity and character of the zoning district; and
  • That said use is in keeping with the purposes and intent of this title.

How to apply for a Use Permit
Applications must be to the Planning Division. Within approximately three weeks, a hearing date for Planning Commission consideration of the proposed project will be identified. Applications shall be accompanied by twelve (12) copies of fully dimensioned site plans, floor plans and elevation drawings of proposed structures and one 8 ½” x 11” reduced copy of each of the drawings. Applications must have the property owner’s signature prior to submittal. Detailed instructions and submittal requirements are provided on the application form. Such application shall be accompanied by a non-refundable fee as shown in the Planning Application Fee Schedule. 

For a detailed explanation of the Use Permit process and other requirements, please click on the link below:

Use Process (continued)

Last updated: 3/26/2010 12:05:08 PM