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Guiding Gilroy’s Growth

The City of Gilroy Community Development Department is committed to working with the public, development community, and non-profit organizations to:

  • Enhance the quality of life in our community
  • Promote safe, attractive, and sustainable development
  • Facilitate development projects that meet the city's objectives 

Economic development is a key component of the Community Development Department's team that works across divisions and departments to streamline commercial and industrial development. Visit the city's Economic Development Division and the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation web pages for more information about new and expanding commercial and industrial projects in Gilroy.

Building Division

For general building permit and other building permit questions, please call 408-846-0451 and leave a message. Alternatively, you can come into City Hall during our normal business hours. We can take in applications, review plans, complete inspections, and issue permits.

On-site inspections will only be conducted on those sites adhering to safety protocols outlined in Appendix B. Some inspections may be performed remotely through the use of photos or videos. Please go to the Building-Safety-Division page for more information or call 408-846-0451. Electronic building plan submittals are being accepted and reviewed. All electronic submittal communication will take place over email, phone, or other electronic means. To submit plans, email Plan Submittal an electronic copy of your plans.

For questions regarding the status of a building submittal, please email Christina Villarreal. For a faster response, please include your permit number and address in the header/subject line.

Planning Division

For general zoning and planning related questions, please email the Planning Division for fastest service. Alternatively, you can call 408-846-0440 and leave a message. Alternatively, you can come into City Hall during our normal business hours. We can take in applications, review plans, complete inspections, and issue permits.

Please email the Planning Division to submit your applications digitally. Application materials may either be attached to the email or shared with a file sharing service such as Box.com.

New applications will be assigned to a planner who will reach out to you remotely. After a planner has reached out, they will provide an invoice to pay for permit fees.

Resubmittals can be sent electronically directly to the planner assigned to your project. Please contact the planner assigned to your project for information on planning inspections.

Fire Inspection, Hazardous Materials and Wastewater Pre-Treatment

Fire Prevention staff are conducting construction inspections, state mandated inspections and responding to life/safety matters. If there is an immediate threat, please call 9-1-1. For non-urgent life/safety fire inspection, hazardous materials or pre-treatment matters, please call 408-846-0451 and leave a message.

Housing Services

Housing  services include the review of quarterly reports and payments to agencies that are CDBG and Gilroy Housing Trust Fund recipients.  Staff will reach out via email requesting quarterly reports.

Eviction Moratorium: The City of Gilroy is subject to the Santa Clara County eviction moratorium as well as state mandates. For information on the moratorium, please visit the Santa Clara County website. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/osh/EvictionMoratorium/Pages/home.aspx

If you are a tenant or landlord and need additional assistance or advice, please email Project Sentinel or call Project Sentinel at (408) 720-9888.

Code Enforcement

If there is an immediate threat, please call 9-1-1. For non-urgent life/safety code enforcement matters, please call 408-846-0451 and leave a message. Someone will respond within two business days.

 Special Event Permits

 For more information visit: http://www.cityofgilroy.org/707/Special-Event-Permit

Divisions


The Community Development Department is committed to working with the public, development community, and non-profits to enhance the quality of life in our community; promote safe, attractive, and sustainable development; and facilitate development projects that meet the city's objectives.  Follow the links on this page to access information about each of the Community Development Department's Divisions.

Economic Development


Visit the city's Economic Development Division for more information on economic development programs and services offered by the City of Gilroy.