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When do I need a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O)?

Certificate of Occupancy shall be required for any:

  • Change in business, ownership or management within a building;
  • Occupancy and use of a building hereafter erected or structurally altered;
  • Change of use of an existing building  to a use of a different classification;

No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made, until the Building Official has issued a Certificate of Occupancy.

How much does a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) cost?

The cost of a Certificate of Occupancy is $28.50. The fee will be due once the application and all documentation has been reviewed by the Building Inspection Department and Fire Department. On permitted new construction, addition or remodel, a Certificate of Occupancy is issued at the completion of the project at no charge.

Download Certificate of Occupancy Application

 

What inspections are required for a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O)?

If the electricity (but no gas) has been disconnected, at least three inspections are required as follows.

  1. A permanent power inspection ( this is to release power to the utility provider). For this inspection the building will be checked for exposed wiring, receptacles, switches and fixtures are in place, circuits labeled on the electrical and any items that could be a hazard once power is restored. All electrical must be in a code acceptable condition and in good working order. If any of the items fail the inspection, any repairs to circuits and or replacement, alteration or installation of any new electrical lines, circuits or fixtures will require an electrical permit and must be done by a licensed electrical contractor. After the items are corrected and pass a re-inspection we will send notification to Oncor. Arrangements to have service reconnected need to be made by you directly with the electrical company.
  2. The Fire Department must perform an inspection, when that inspection passes, then
  3. Building Inspections must perform a C/O inspection.

If both the electricity and gas have been disconnected two permits may be required and at least three inspections are required.

  1. A licensed plumbing contractor must obtain a plumbing permit, perform a gas test as per code, call for inspection for inspector to verify test, if the test passes notification will be sent to Atmos Energy. Arrangements to have the gas service reconnected need to be made by you directly with the Gas Company. All requirements stated above must also be complete.
  2. The Fire Department must perform an inspection, when that inspection passes, then
  3. Building Inspections must perform a C/O inspection.

If the utilities have nor been disconnected at least two inspections are required.

  1. The Fire Department must perform an inspection, when that inspection passes, then
  2. Building Inspections must perform a C/O inspection

Electrical: All  the electrical must be in a code acceptable condition and in good working condition. Any repairs to circuits and or replacement, alteration or installation of any new electrical lines, circuits or fixtures will require an electrical permit and must be done by a licensed electrical contractor.

Plumbing:  All the plumbing items must be in a code acceptable condition and in good working order. Any repair to plumbing pipes or replacement of fixtures will require a plumbing permit and must be done by a licensed plumbing contractor.

Heating/Air Conditioning: All HVAC must be in good working order. Any repairs and installation of heating and air conditioning will require a permit and must be done by a licensed heating and air conditioning contractor.

Any electrical, plumbing or heating an air conditioning performed by anyone other than a registered licensed master electrician, plumber or mechanical contractor can result in citations and fines to both the owner of the business and the individual performing the work.

List of most frequently items observed by Inspectors is provided below for your information.

  • Suite number on front of suite and building address numbers posted on front of building facing the street in contrasting colors, 6" letter size 7' above ground.
  • Address on electrical service meter.
  • Handicap accessible restrooms (grab bars & under sink protection, etc..)
  • Backflow protection (vacuum breakers on hose bibs, etc..)
  • Electrical cords not allowed through ceiling grid/tiles.
  • Exit lights must be operational.
  • Emergency backup lights must be working.
  • Thumb latch on locks or code compliant signage on exit doors (Panic hardware, lever hardware, no bar lock, etc..)
  • Post occupant load signs (assembly uses only).
  • Mechanical violations (unsafe conditions)
  • Electrical violations (unsafe conditions)
  • Plumbing violations (unsafe conditions)
  • Building violations (unsafe conditions)

This information is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on in place of official regulations and/or policies.