How to Obtain a Certificate of Occupancy?

Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) in New York City involves several steps and compliance with local building codes and regulations. Here’s a general guide on how to obtain a CO in NYC:

  1. Determine if you Need a CO: A CO is required for any new building construction, alteration, or change in use of an existing building.
  2. Submit Necessary Documentation: Prepare and submit all necessary documentation required by the DOB. This may include architectural plans, engineering drawings, permits, inspection reports, and other relevant paperwork.
  3. Plan Examination: The DOB will review the submitted plans to ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations. This process may involve multiple rounds of review and revisions.
  4. Obtain Permits: Before construction or renovation begins, you’ll need to obtain all required permits from the DOB. This may include building permits, electrical permits, plumbing permits, etc.
  5. Construction and Inspections: Once permits are obtained, you can begin construction or renovation work. Throughout the process, you’ll need to schedule inspections with the DOB to ensure that work is being done according to approved plans and building codes.
  6. Final Inspection: After construction is complete, schedule a final inspection with the DOB. They will inspect the property to ensure that it meets all applicable codes and regulations.
  7. Application for CO: Once the final inspection is passed and all necessary requirements are met, you can submit an application for a Certificate of Occupancy.
  8. Payment of Fees: Pay any required fees associated with the CO application.
  9. Issuance of CO: If everything is in order, the DOB will issue the Certificate of Occupancy, allowing the building to be legally occupied or used for its intended purpose.

It’s important to note that the process may vary depending on the specific circumstances of your project and any local regulations that apply. It’s recommended to consult with a professional that is familiar with local building codes for personalized guidance. Reach out to us today to determine if your project requires a Certificate of Occupancy,

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