Is a Certificate of Use/Occupancy always required?

No. A Certificate of Occupancy is generally issued only for new construction (new houses, additions, decks, etc.) or for changes in use of an existing area (finishing an attic, etc.). Certificates are also issued for wood stoves. 

Certificates are not required or issued for roofing, siding, etc.

Show All Answers

1. When I start construction, is the work inspected?
2. Where should this card be kept?
3. Do I need to provide anything else to the inspector?
4. How much notice does the inspector need when I am ready for an inspection?
5. Can I call for plumbing and electrical inspections?
6. What does the inspector look for during the inspection?
7. Does the inspector carry identification?
8. Will the inspector ever come to my house without a call from me or my contractor?
9. Does someone have to be home during the inspection?
10. I’m having an addition built. When can I begin using it?
11. Is a Certificate of Use/Occupancy always required?
12. If I don’t get a Certificate, how do I know the work was completed satisfactorily?
13. Can I occupy my structure before all the work is done?