Certificate of Occupancy

Overview

All buildings with three or more dwelling units, commercial buildings, and industrial buildings must have a Fire Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) issued by the Department of Safety and Inspections.  Non-owner occupied one and two-family dwellings are also required to have a Fire Certificate of Occupancy.  The Fire C of O shows that the building is in compliance with applicable fire, building, housing, and other codes.

Inspections

C of O is a systematic inspection program, unlike other City programs which inspect only in response to complaints. Some commercial buildings are inspected annually while most are inspected on a two or three-years cycle depending on the occupancy classification. Residential inspection cycle are base on the grade letter A, B, C, or D. These grade coming from the severity of individual violations found. However, Fire Safety Inspector will also inspect a building between scheduled inspections if complaints of violations are received.

Violations

If violations are found during an inspection, orders will be issued to correct the violations. The C of O can be revoked for severe violations which are not corrected. A building cannot be occupied or used if the C of O has been revoked. Call Fire Inspections at 651-266-9898 if you have questions about whether a building should have a C of O or for complaints.

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