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MsBinki, Home Buyer in Santa Clara County, CA

I just bought a condo in San Jose CA and I have been looking to get a copy of the floor plan. How do I do that?

Asked by MsBinki, Santa Clara County, CA Tue Dec 25, 2012

HOA representative doesn't have one...

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You should have a copy of your appraisal and that would give you a rough floor plan. If it is a brand new community you could get that from the sales staff.

If you are looking for more details on the building specifics you can check with the county records to see if a plan was submitted for permitting.

What is the reason you want a copy of the floor plan?
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 25, 2012
To add some clarification here, plans for any given home are the property of the architect or designer. Even though there are copies of the plans are on file with the city building department, the city cannot release copies to you without permission from the person who drew the plans.

Cities provide a service whereby they will contact the designer/architect and request permission for you to get copies – once the permission has been given, then you are able to make copies for a nominal fee. If there is no response from the designer/architect after a certain number of days, then it is assumed that there is no problem with you making copies.

If permission is NOT given, then I’d recommend you go with online programs that will help you do drawings yourself – here is a link to applicable programs:


As a last resort, you can hire a draftsman to produce drawings for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2012
Hi Ms. Binki and thanks for your post.

It's not a surprise that the HOA representative does not have copies of the floor plans for your unit. The HOA is responsible for the building and the building exteriors, so the developer will provide to the HOA copies of the building exteriors and common areas, but seldom (if ever) plans of the interiors of any of the homes. That information is available often only through the developer or the City of San Jose.

To get copies of the plans, you need only check the records at the San Jose City Planning and Building Departments to see the floor plan for your unit/model. From there, you can normally print a copy of the plans either at the City offices or they can direct you to a website where some of the plans can be seen and downloaded to the computer. I will caution you, however, that if you're looking for "as built" plans, you will not get these. You can only get copies of the plans that were approved by the city for your community.

So call the Building Department of the City, and you can get information from their offices on how to obtain a copy of the plans.

Good luck!!

Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates & Homes
Tel (408) 426-1616
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 28, 2012
1.) If your HOA has a newsletter, see if they will post a request or small ad seeking one.

2.) If you know the builder's name, try to contact them.

3.) Search old for sale listings and advertisements. Often times realtors will save pdf copies of floor plans so that the next time they have a home to sell in the complex, they can use it. An example would be http://julianalee.com/homes/2005/el_camino_way_4149_f/home-f… , click on "A Taste of Europe in Palo Alto".

Juliana Lee, MBA LLB
Cell: 650-857-1000
Top 3 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty

Over 20 years experience
Over 1000 home sales completed in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Web Reference: http:JulianaLee.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 25, 2012
Thank you for your question:

Terri Vellios gave you an excellent answer. The appraisal should have the floor plan. If you paid for the appraisal, you have the right to get a copy of the appraisal.

Ask The REALTOR who represented you to request a copy from the lender. Or ask your loan officer for a copy of the appraisal.

If neither of those work for you, as Terri Vellios recommended, ask the sales people or the builder for a copy.

if you cannot get a copy of the floor plan from the builder, I recommend that you get a measuring tape, or other measuring device and take the interior measurements of your condominium and create your own copy of the floorplan from the measurements that you took of the interior.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
Email Address: charlesbutterfieldbkr@yahoo.com
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