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Certificate of Occupancy

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What is a Certificate of Occupancy? (C.O.)

A C.O. is a document approving a location to be ready for business. The C.O. contains information concerning the owner or tenant’s name, business name, address of the building, a description of the portions of the building and the use intended, building code verifications for the group and classification of the building or structure, and approval of the Building Official.

What should be done with a C.O. once it is obtained?

  • The C.O. is required to be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises and should not be removed except by the Building Official
  • The C.O. must also be taken to the post office to start mail delivery