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Subdivision Ordinance (Title 19)
Land Division
As described in the general provisions of Title 19 of the San José Municipal Code, the Subdivision Ordinance regulates and controls the division of land within the City. The Subdivision Ordinance supplements the provisions of the State Subdivision Map Act concerning the design, improvement, and survey data of subdivisions, the form and content of all maps provided for by the State Subdivision Map Act, and the procedure to be followed in securing the official approval of the City Engineer, the Director, and City Council regarding such maps.

Tentative Map
Pursuant to the Subdivision Ordinance and State Subdivision Map Act, a Tentative Map facilitates the division of land, and provides clear transfer of ownership of any lots that are created. The Tentative Map is the parcel configuration proposed prior to a Final Map or Parcel Map, the official recorded document.