Downtown Height Limits

Operating Cranes in San Jose

City of SJ Construction Crane Notification Form

Crane Fee Program Ordinance (City Code of Ordinances)

Crane Fee Program Application

Crane Fee Billing Form

Crane Fee Program Published Monthly Rates - as of 9/28/2021


Downtown Height Limits (Aerial Map)

Downtown Height Limits (Contours Only)

Downtown Crane Guidance Area Boundary

Maximum Presumed FAA Crane Height Limits (Contours Only)

Maximum Presumed FAA Crane Heights above Existing Downtown Height Limits (Contours Only)


Downtown San Jose Crane Height Guidance Study

7/10/2020 - Introduction to Crane Guidance Study

7/10/2020 - Zoom Video

08/14/2020 - Crane Guidance Update

08/14/2020 - Zoom Video

9/11/2020 - Crane Guidance Update

9/11/2020 -  Zoom Video 

10/30/2020 - Crane Guidance Update

10/30/2020 - Zoom Video

12/04/2020 - Crane Guidance Update

12/04/2020 - Zoom Video

2/19/2021 - Crane Guidance Update

2/19/2021 - Zoom Video

2/22/2021 - Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee

3/09/2021 - City Council


City of San Jose Construction Crane Fee Program Study

4/21/2021 - Developer Working Group Presentation #1

6/30/2021 - Developer Working Group Presentation #2

9/01/2021 - Developer Working Group Presentation #3

9/16/2021 - Developer Working Group Presentation #4

9/28/2021 - City Council


Downtown Airspace Development Capacity Study (DADCS)

In 2007, new airspace protection mapping was undertaken by the City of San José which placed height limitations on allowable development surrounding Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) in order to minimize impacts to airline service.  The airspace protection mapping consisted of a combination of the lowest critical One-Engine Inoperative (OEI) and United States Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) airspace protection surfaces. However, due to the changing environment in aviation operations as well as the need and desire for future building development in the City of San Jose, a new study was undertaken to assess the existing conditions and future needs of the Airport and the development community.  In February 2018, a comprehensive study referred to as the Downtown Airspace Development Capacity Study (Project DADCS) was initiated over and spanned a thirteen-month period.  The City of San José along with the consultant project team of Landrum & Brown (L&B), Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Flight Engineering, LLC., assessed the impacts of increased airspace protection heights for SJC and the tradeoffs between increasing allowable building development heights and the impacts to aviation departure operations from Runways 12L and 12R at SJC. 

The study consisted of a comprehensive evaluation of the following metrics which will be described in extensive detail in this report: 

  • Existing conditions assessment for SJC aircraft operations
  • Existing real estate and land use environment in the Downtown Core and Diridon Station
  • Creation and evaluation of various airspace protection surface scenarios
  • Aircraft performance and range capability assessment of existing and future destinations served from SJC
  • Evaluation of aviation and real estate impacts associated with each of the airspace protection scenarios.  

This final report is a compilation of the various technical memorandums and studies that were assessed by the project team during the thirteen-month period.  
On March 12, 2019 the City of San José City Council approved a new policy on airspace surface protection heights in the Downtown Core and Diridon Station areas.  The new airspace protection surfaces provide additional development height opportunities within the Downtown Core and Diridon Station which will be described in detail in this report.

[Downtown Airspace Development Capacity Study (DADCS)]