What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
A Certificate of Occupancy is an approval that is issued by the Building Official that allows a building or structure, in whole or in part, to be used or occupied. The Certificate of Occupancy indicates the conditions under which the building shall be used. The building owner shall only use the structure in compliance with the Certificate of Occupancy and any stated conditions.

A final Certificate of Occupancy is only issued after the final building inspection has been approved, and the permit has been closed. It is usually associated with building permits for new residences, new commercial buildings; or spaces that have had a change in occupancy, alterations, repairs or remodeling.

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1. What is a permit?
2. How do I get a permit?
3. Do I need a permit?
4. When does my permit expire?
5. How long does it take to get a permit?
6. How much does a permit cost, and when do I pay for it?
7. What are the different types of permits?
8. How many copies of plans do I need to turn in?
9. When can I start working on my project?
10. Can I start demolition without a permit?
11. What inspections are required and when?
12. How do I schedule an inspection?
13. How far in advance to I have to schedule an inspection?
14. Do I have to be licensed or registered to get a permit or do work?
15. What codes apply, and where can I get copies?
16. What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
17. Can I get a temporary certificate of occupancy?
18. What is a change of occupancy or change of use?
19. What are the different types of permit application forms, and where can I get them?
20. Who do I contact about work located in the public right-of-way?