When is a certificate of occupancy (CO)/certificate of completion required?
  • For all new structures prior to moving in.
  • Placement of goods or furniture (other than normal appliances) in the building prior to issuance of a CO is only allowed with the permission of the building official. Commercial occupancies may also require Fire Marshall approval.
  • Passing your final building inspection does not automatically grant a CO. Approval of up to 5 different departments may be required prior to issuance of a CO. Applicant should expect the processing of a CO to take up to 5 days after all final inspections have been completed and approvals are received by the building office.
  • Certificates of Completions are issued for additions and other projects which occur while the structure is occupied. These certificates allow use of the addition/remodeled area to commence and are subject to similar restrictions as the CO.

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1. How does the building code affect short term rentals?
2. Does a change in building code require me to retrofit my building?
3. Do I need a building permit to build a wood deck?
4. Is a building permit needed for storage shed?
5. Who is responsible for scheduling inspections?
6. If I call in an inspection when will the inspector show up?
7. Can I schedule inspections online?
8. Do I have to be present at an inspection I schedule?
9. Do I need a building permit to pour concrete flat work (driveways, walkways, etc.)?
10. When is a certificate of occupancy (CO)/certificate of completion required?
11. It`s the middle of winter, the house is done but I can`t finish the site work till spring. Can I get a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) now and get my final grading inspection next spring?