The SJPD Permits Unit is primarily an administrative unit which conducts regulatory oversight over various businesses operating within the city. Regulatory oversight includes enforcement of various sections of the San Jose Municipal Code and conducting criminal investigations that may develop through the normal course of business. The Permits Unit issues business permits and ensures compliance with laws through inspections of the various businesses that it regulates including: taxi companies, tow companies, massage parlors, entertainment venues, gaming establishments, bingo parlors, and peddlers.
The Permits Unit works closely with the City Attorney’s Office to implement Municipal Code changes that impact these businesses in addition to initiating legal sanctions against violators. In addition, the Permits Unit also manages the false alarm program and assesses financial penalties to repeat offenders. Complaints about businesses regulated by the Permits Unit are also investigated and resolved. The Permits Unit also provides direction for the enforcement of the Municipal Code sections to these businesses regulated by the Permits Unit to the uniformed Patrol Division of the Police Department.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Closed to the public
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 to Noon, Closed: 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Friday: 8:30 to Noon, Closed: 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
The Permits Unit operates on an appointment schedule with limited walk-ins.
To contact the Permits Unit to make an appointment, phone: (408) 277-4452.
Freeze Lifted on New Taxicab Driver Permits - Now accepting NEW applications.
The freeze on the issuance of new Taxi Driver permits will be reviewed quarterly.
As of 25th, April, 2010, until further notice, the San Jose Police Department will again begin accepting NEW Taxi Driver Permit applications.
Check this web page periodically to see if the freeze on new taxi driver permits is in effect.