Property Lines & Easements

Property Line Locations

The City does not maintain records of the physical location of your property boundaries. To determine the exact location of your property lines, you will need to hire a land surveyor (civil engineer). Fences are not typically located on a property boundary, so they should not be used as an accurate reference of where your property line is located.

A land survey is not required to submit for a planning or building permit, but may be required during construction should questions or concerns arise about the property boundaries.

Easements
Some single-family properties have an easement located on their property. Examples of easements could be one which permits access to utility lines and waterways located on or nearby the property or one that grants pedestrian access along or through the property. Utility easements are the most common for single-family properties and are often for PG&E or the Santa Clara County Water District to operate and maintain utilities or access to the creek. A description of the easement boundaries is located in the legal description of your property, as part of the Title Report, or in the property deed. A property owner should be aware of any and all easements located on their property as it may restrict permitted development, since no structures can be built within an easement area. The city does not keep records of easements on private property. For further questions regarding easements, please contact the Public Works Department at (650) 903-6311.
Tax Assesor Maps
The City utilizes the Santa Clara County Tax Assessor Maps (SCCTA) as a general reference, which provides basic information about your lot dimensions (width and depth). These maps are a good starting point to identify basic information about your property and are available online at the SCCTA website.
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