What is a Certificate of Occupancy?

Certificate of Occupancy, or C.O., is required for all buildings or structures that are occupied or used. Basically, when a tenant leases a space a new C.O. will be required. Upon issuance of a C.O. and approval of all required inspections, utilities will be released with the new tenant’s name. The C.O. contains information concerning the owner or tenant, address of the building, a description of the portions of the building, the use intended, building code verification for the group and classification of the building or structure, and approval of the Building Official.

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1. Where is the Building Inspections, Permits, & Code Enforcement Department located and what are the hours of operations?
2. What forms of payment are accepted?
3. When is a permit required?
4. What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
5. When is a Certificate of Occupancy required?
6. Why is a Certificate of Occupancy needed?
7. Can a Certificate of Occupancy be revoked?
8. How long does the review process take on residential projects?
9. Can a permit be picked up without the general contractor or subcontractors being listed on the permit?
10. What construction can occur on property before issuance of a building permit, and when can dirt work commence on a project?
11. Is a permit required to occupy or use a building?
12. Can application be made for a building permit while the site is being platted or zoning is pending?