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 commissioning engineer would say that, in addition to the certificate of occupancy, substantial completion requires that all components and subsystems of the HVAC system be documented as completed, started, fully controlled, and balanced per the building's design intent and contract documents.
I'm very pleased that it seems that building and safety and public works are motivated to get this done and are moving very expeditiously, and if we can get past this one glitch, we believe we can possibly see a temporary certificate of occupancy," Alarcon said.
The certificate of occupancy is verification from an independent building surveyor, that the completed facility meets building standards, including matters such as fire separation and occupant safety.
Westwood's only participation, if any, is only applying for the Building Permits and the Certificate of Occupancy which application is mandated by law and regulations," said Ng's lawyers in his motion for reconsideration.
Blanchard said that with the exception of two areas that are not yet up to code, the building will be issued a certificate of occupancy.
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.
If the city has approved the plans and issued a certificate of occupancy, it will stand out like a sore thumb in an area where it looks more like a warehouse than a single-family home.
Planners refused to grant him a certificate of occupancy unless he tore up the turf.
project from platting (if necessary) through Sarasota County's Certificate of Occupancy.
Clarification that the time within which to serve notice of nonpayment on a bond, or the time within which to bring suit for payment under the bond, begins to run from the last date of work or last delivery, and not issuance of a certificate of occupancy or certificate of substantial completion.
It was critical that the borrower group obtain the necessary funding to get the project moving again and buy the furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) to obtain Certificate of Occupancy and get operations going" Dan Palmier, UC Funding's President & CEO said.

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