Planning & Inspection
The mission of the Planning and Inspection Department is to plan for, and review, the development and maintenance of the privately owned, physical environment of the City.
The Planning Division administers land use regulations and process development proposals in the City of Santa Clara as well as shapes public policies related to growth and land uses in the City. The Planning Division strives to maintain a healthy balance between development and quality of life by providing the residents of Santa Clara choices in housing and transportation, protecting the natural environment, promoting the efficient use of public infrastructure, and supporting a strong community character, robust civic life and economic vitality. The Division makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on key community issues and priorities while maintaining the Santa Clara General Plan. The Division is also responsible for administering Zoning regulations through the Development Review process and Code Enforcement.
Building Inspection Division
The Building Inspection Division administers City and State Regulations for the design and construction of all buildings under its jurisdiction in Santa Clara. Building Inspection assures that buildings and structures meet the minimum code requirements to safeguard life, health, prosperity and public welfare of the citizens. The division also administers the housing code and performs tri-annual inspection of all apartments in the City. In addition, the Building Inspection division operates the Permit Center, a “one-stop shop” that caters to various permitting requirements for the City.
Housing & Community Services Division
The Housing & Community Services Division administers Federal, State and local funds for the City of Santa Clara Affordable Housing Fund. Community Development Block Grants are used to promote affordable housing, rehabilitate substandard housing, build new park facilities, provide neighborhood improvements, remove barriers to the handicapped and fund public services for low and moderate income residents. These services are provided through non-profit, delegate agencies under third party contracts with the City. The Community Services Affordable Housing Fund is used to create and retain affordable housing in the City for very-low to moderate income households.