What is a certificate of occupancy?

A certificate of occupancy is granted upon the successful completion of all approved work on a project. Projects that consist of only mechanical and/or plumbing work do not get a certificate of occupancy. Certificates are issued for projects involving commercial use.

Certificates for projects permitted in 2010 and after are available at the Online Permit Center.  Permits issued prior to 2010 often did not have a formal certificate of occupancy.  Other documentation of final approval served the function of the modern-day certificate.

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1. What are the Design Criteria and building codes for San Juan County?
2. I would like to build something. Where do I begin?
3. How can I get information on code that governs my project/permit?
4. What is a site plan, when do I need it and how is it made?
5. What are common building permits?
6. Is there a checklist of application documents?
7. How do I apply?