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Certificate of Occupancy

what is the certificate of occupancy

Revised 10/02/07

Reference: CBC 110, Appendix Chapter 1

“No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the Building Official has issued a certificate of occupancy therefor…” (California Building Code, Section 110)

What is a Certificate of Occupancy?

The purpose of a Certificate of Occupancy is to ensure the safety of the occupants and the public by verifying that the proposed use is consistent with construction type of the existing building. A Certificate of Occupancy is a document certifying:

  • That the type of construction of the building meets the requirements for the occupancy group of the proposed business;
  • That the proposed business meets

    the requirements of the California Building Codes and

  • That the proposed business meets the local ordinances governing construction and occupancy.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Occupancy?

The City’s Building and Safety Division will issue a Certificate of Occupancy, (C of O) when the proposed use of the new business is consistent with the design and construction of the existing building. Prior to issuing a C of O, the City will do a record search and perform the necessary field inspections to verify the adequacy of the proposed use and to confirm that no hazardous or substandard conditions exist in the subject buildings.

Each operator of a business must request a Certificate of Occupancy from Building and Safety at:

23920 Valencia Blvd. Suite 140

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