Certificate of Occupancy

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It cannot be stressed enough that final inspections must be performed and a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) issued before a building is occupied. Failure to do so violates USBC 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 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 a C/O can be issued in non-residential buildings, approvals must be obtained by the Planning Department, a completed Fire Department checklist, and all related permit final inspections have been completed. Temporary C/O’s require a 48 hour (Two Business Days) advance notice so that the conditions can be evaluated.

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 occupant load can be obtained from the building official. Street numbers must also be posted so they can be read from any public right of way (USBC 110.5).

When all inspections have been approved a C/O can be issued. This allows legal occupancy and signals the end of the construction process . USBC 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 Zoning divisions.