Certificate of Occupancy

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Certificate of Occupancy

A document issued by a local building or Zoning authority to the owner of premises attesting that the premises have been built and maintained according to the provisions of building or zoning ordinances, such as those that govern the number of fire exits or the safety of electrical wiring.A certificate of occupancy is evidence that the building complies substantially with the plans and specifications that have been submitted to, and approved by, the local authority. It complements a building permit—a document that must be filed by the applicant with the local authority before construction to indicate that the proposed construction will adhere to zoning laws.

In legal practice, the requirement that a certificate of occupancy be presented on the day of closing is usually attached as a rider to a contract for the sale of a house or building. If the seller is unable to present the certificate of occupancy the buyer may refuse to complete the sale.

Some cities require that a landlord file a certificate of occupancy for apartments to be leased. This requirement is designed to prevent a building's deterioration to such an extent that it could expose its tenants to risks to their health and lives. Each time an apartment is vacated, an inspector from an appropriate government agency—such as the housing authority—inspects the apartment to make sure that it meets minimum standards of habitability. If the apartment does not, the inspector may issue a warning to the landlord to correct the violation within a certain period of time or the landlord will be prevented from leasing the apartment.

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The daily also said that another reason for the municipality not to issue the certificate of occupancy was that the mosque within the complex has not been constructed in compliance with the architectural plan approved by the municipality.
He said in an affidavit filed in Cancun's lawsuit, though, that he was afraid he would be arrested if he didn't return K&R's certificate of occupancy.
Public Works officials have said they want to help but their hands are tied by a city ordinance that requires all public improvements to be completed before they sign off on a temporary certificate of occupancy.
Payment of rent will begin on the earlier of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy or the 15th month following the land acquisition.
Elevation Certificates (existing pre-construction, under construction once house is lowered to new foundation, and final certificate for Certificate of Occupancy (C/O).
The vacant two-story building sits in a residential zoning district (R8B) but has a commercial certificate of occupancy allowing an opportunity to continue use as an office building or the possibility for conversion.
The building isn't licensed to be a hotel; the certificate of occupancy is valid only for single-room occupancy apartments, deeming it "illegal use in a residential district," according to an inspector's note on the Department of Buildings website.
The grievances include allegations of improper site work, lack of proper inspections, no certificate of occupancy, plans not approved by a licensed architect and improperly manufactured and installed stone walls and columns.
Searchlight Minerals today announced that on August 8, 2008, the Town of Clarkdale, Arizona issued a Certificate of Occupancy for the main production building that is anticipated to house the majority of the Company's initial 100 to 250 ton-per-day (tpd) commercial production module for the extraction of precious and base metals from a 20 million-ton slag pile in Clarkdale, Arizona.
WINCHENDON - For the first time since spring, the Senior Center will open its doors to the public this week after receiving a certificate of occupancy from Building Inspector Paul Blanchard.
In its suit, MacThompson is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court It is asking the court to order the city of Nashua to withdraw its stop-work order on the structure and to issue a certificate of occupancy for the three-story building.
Furthermore, to allow time for possible additional delays and preparation for operations, AOC is now proposing to open the CVC in July 2007 with a temporary certificate of occupancy and the expansion spaces in August 2007, at which point a final certificate of occupancy will be issued for the CVC.

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