Certificate of Occupancy

Use and Occupancy:

A Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) establishes that a new building or renovated structure cannot be occupied until a certificate of occupancy is issued by the building official, which reflects the conclusion of the work allowed by the building permit. Also, no change in occupancy of an existing building is permitted without first obtaining a certificate of occupancy for the new use. Its issuance does not relieve the building owner from the responsibility for correcting any code violation that may exist.

Types of Certificate of Occupancy

  1. Temporary Certificate of Occupancy: This certificate may be allowed for temporary occupancy of the building, if the building can be occupied safely and necessary inspections have been approved.  A $ 500 fee is charged to obtain this type of certificate. See Chapter 11 (Fee Schedule) of this manual.
  2. Partial Certificate of Occupancy: This type of certificate may be granted under certain conditions to allow the occupancy in specific part of the building.
  3. Certificate of Occupancy: This type of certificate is issued upon receipt and approval of all final inspections. Such certificate shall allow full occupancy of the building.

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy contains the following:

  • Building Permit Number
  • Address of Structure
  • Name/Address of Owner
  • Description of Structure Certificate is being issued
  • Statement that structure has been inspected for code compliance
  • Name of the building official
  • Edition of code which permit was issued
  • The use and occupancy
  • Type of Construction
  • The Design Occupant load
  • Sprinkler Requirement
  • Any special stipulations of the building permit

Before Issuance

A Certificate of Occupancy will be issued upon completion and approval of the following:

  • Completion of all approved final inspections scheduled for the project.

  • Water and sewer mains serving properties have passed appropriate tests
  • Utilities that include gas and electric have been installed to the property
  • Curb and gutter and one lift of asphalt have been installed in roadway of easement adjacent to property

Obtaining a Certificate

To obtain a partial certificate of occupancy permit holder must demonstrate to the Inspections Department the safeguarding measures to be taken during continued construction. A site Plan or logistic plan showing how to continue construction with partial occupancy must be submitted.

  • Staging Areas
  • Construction trailers location
  • Delivering truck route
  • Parking location for construction employees and public
  • Type and location of barricades to be used for pedestrian security
  • Protection of adjoining properties
  • Location of barrier walls separating occupancies
  • Rated assembly used as occupancies separation
  • Egress doors to be used during construction
  • Emergency Egress Plan