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Certificate of Occupancy
What are type of structures required a certificate of occupancy?
A Certificate of Occupancy indicating completion of the work for which the permit was issued shall be obtained prior to occupancy of a structure.
The final inspection approval or approvals may serve as the Certificate of Occupancy for any addition or alteration to a structure for which a Certificate of Occupancy has already been issued.
All new residential and commercial structures are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy prior to their occupancy or use.
A new Certificate of Occupancy is required for existing structures when changing the occupancy or use of the structure or a portion thereof.
A building permit must be issued in order for a Certificate of Occupancy to be obtained. At minimum, a site plan and a copy of the floor plan must be provided for evaluation of the permit application. Additional information may be required depending upon the nature of the request.
All work associated with the building or structure must be complete and approved prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Final inspection approvals are required for the building permit and all associated permits including electrical, mechanical, gas, plumbing and fire protection systems.
If the property is in a flood hazard area, a FEMA Flood Elevation Certificate must be submitted and approved.
The approval letter from the Health Department is required for structures on private sewage disposal or well water systems.
Any requirements specified on the permit by other city departments or agencies including, but not limited to, Fire Department, Development Engineering, Development Construction, Public Utilities, Planning, Zoning or the Environmental Coordinator must be satisfied prior to issuing the Certificate of Occupancy.
For all new buildings, commercial pools, or relocating a new business to an existing building, the fee will be $30 (normally, the fee is assessed at the time of permit issuance), plus 2% state levy.