One-Stop Permit and License Center

The Permit Center is located on the first floor of City Hall, 455 E Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas. The Center is designed to serve customers with any size project, from homeowners and contractors with small projects to developers and consultants with large complex projects. The Permit Center brings all City development departments under one roof and seeks to provide assistance to a broad range of community members. Please take note that the permitting process will vary based on your project scope.

The Permit Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 12 pm (in-person), 1 pm to 5 pm (virtual). Please call the number listed below in the contact info if you have questions or want to set up an appointment with City staff.

Development Review Handbook

Before starting your project, we encourage you to review the Milpitas Development Review Handbook (PDF). The Handbook provides a step-by-step explanation of the City’s development review process and an introduction to planning. It also includes helpful tools and checklists to help guide you through the development review process.

General Questions & Information 

Planning Contact

Permit applications may be submitted by email
Planning provides public information (e.g., Zoning Code requirements for new development, information about pending applications for new projects) and coordinates the processing of Planning permit applications. Planning also advises on environmental review requests under CEQA.
Building Contact

Building issues building permits and checks building plans to enforce local and State laws related to building construction, maintenance, use, repair, and rehabilitation. In addition, the department provides inspections after a building permit has been issued for building construction to ensure compliance with approved plans. Building permits are required for new residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, as well as building additions, remodels, repairs, and changes in use.
Land Development Contact

Permit applications  may be submitted by email

The Land Development Division manages the City’s Street Encroachment Permit Program, reviews/approves Public Improvement Plans, Subdivision Maps and Title Documents, provides feedback to Planning Services on requirements on new entitlements, and inspection services for construction work in City streets. The Division also reviews private development plans and maps for conformance with City Standards, local, state, and federal requirements. City staff ensure that private development projects provide required public infrastructure in accordance with development Conditions of Approval. 
Fire Prevention Contact

Permit applications may be submitted by email
The Fire Prevention Division provides in-house plan review services, feedback to Planning on requirements for new entitlements, and collaborates with the Building Department regarding fire-life safety standards of construction. Additionally, comprehensive fire prevention inspection services and enforcement are conducted to ensure compliance with the California Fire Code in new construction, tenant improvements, and existing occupancies. 
Code Enforcement Contact Code Enforcement violations can be reported by using the MyMilpitas App, or if you need assistance regarding a parking complaint for a vehicle parked on public property. 
Finance Contact

Applying for and receiving a business license issued by the Finance Department is the last step in the permit process before operating your business. Review this information to determine which sections apply to your business.