Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required prior to use or occupancy of any Commercial Building as follows:

  • Prior to occupancy of a new building or tenant space
  • Prior to a change of Occupancy Classification of a building or tenant space
  • Whenever permits have been issued for renovation of a building or tenant space.
    • In instances where the building or tenant space being renovated has a valid Certificate of Occupancy, final inspection approvals serve as the Certificate of Occupancy.

A building or tenant space cannot be stocked prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy unless approved by the Commercial Building Inspector.


Prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for any building or tenant space, all of the following must be inspected and approved:

  • All departmental final inspections
  • All required exit lights and emergency lighting, including the emergency generator, if provided
  • All required final inspections for all associated sub trade permits
  • Elevator shaft enclosures, including a third party elevator inspection for verification and approval of equipment installation
  • Exit stairs including handrails and guardrails
  • The Final Report of Special Inspections, if applicable
  • Grade exit lobbies, exit corridors or exit passageways
  • Removal of trash and construction debris from in and around building
  • Other items, established during the inspection process, as required for occupancy

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

If a clear Certificate of Occupancy cannot be issued due to departmental final inspection issues such as landscaping, paving, lot stabilization, etc., a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) may be issued, which allows additional time for compliance and approval. There is a $119 fee for a TCO.