A building or structure shall not be used or occupied, and a change of occupancy of a building or structure or portion thereof shall not be made, until the building official has issued a certificate of occupancy there for as provided herein. Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be constructed as an approval of a violation of the provisions of the building code of other ordinances of the jurisdiction.
A C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy) is required for:
- Change of ownership
- Change of tenant
- Business name change
- Change of use
- New constructions
- Existing building enlarged/altered
These requirements apply to all commercial projects. If there are multiple buildings on a property, a Certificate of Occupancy is required for each separate building. This will include all Apartment Buildings. Building numbers will need to be indicated on the application form (example Bldg. 1 - 10).
Exceptions - The following do NOT require a C.O
- Subleases: A Certificate of Occupancy is not required when an existing tenant subleases a portion of their space or a new business of the same “use” and “occupancy type”. Shared utilities are allowed for a subleased space. Occupancies that are different from the main use will not need a C.O. For example: A bank as a sublease in a supermarket; an eye doctor as a sublease in a big box retail store. If these subleases come in as a finish out permit, the building final will complete the permit. A sublease is defined as a lease of a property by a tenant to a subtenant.
- Change of Ownership on a multi-tenant building (example: shopping center).
Sec. 4-36. - Certificate of Occupancy (Link to Municipal Code)