Certificate of Occupancy
It cannot be stressed enough that final inspections must be performed and a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) issued before occupying a building.
Failure to Perform C/O
Failure to do so violates Uniform Statewide Building Code Section 116.1 that states, "A certificate of occupancy indicating completion of the work for which a permit was issued shall be obtained prior to the occupancy of any building or structure, except as provided for in this section generally and as specifically provided for in Section 113.8 for additions and alterations."
Conditional / Temporary C/O's
"Conditional or "Temporary" C/O's may be issued in limited circumstances provided that all safety concerns have been addressed and the building can be safely occupied. Before issuing a C/O for non-residential buildings, approvals must be obtained from Planning, Fire, and Public Works. All related final inspections for associated permits must be completed. Temporary C/O's require a 48 hour (two business days) advance notice to evaluate.
Spaces for Assembly / Educational Use
Any room or space designated for assembly or educational use shall have the approved occupant load sign posted in a conspicuous place. The sign must be durable, legible, and maintained by the owner. The building official can provide the occupant load . Street numbers must be posted to be read from any public right-of-way (Uniform Statewide Building Code 110.5).
Approval of C/O's
When all inspections have been approved, a C/O can be issued. This allows legal occupancy and signals the end of the construction process. Uniform Statewide Building Code Section 116.1 states, " The building official shall issue a certificate of occupancy within five working days after being requested to do so, provided the building or structure meets all of the requirements for a certificate." However, we ask that you allow us a minimum of 24 hours (or one business day) to process the paperwork for any Certificate of Occupancy after all final inspections are approved by the Codes Compliance and Planning divisions.