A Certificate of Use and Occupancy (sometimes referred to as a "Certificate of Occupancy" or a “CO”) is a document that proves the building complies substantially with the plans and specifications that have been submitted and approved by the local fire and/or building authority.
No non-residential building or structure shall be used or occupied (occupy/occupied is defined as; to reside, operate a business, move property or equipment into), and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building, structure or portion thereof shall be made, until the Village has issued a certificate of occupancy therefor as provided in this section.
Types of Certificate of Use and Occupancy
1) Certificate of Use and Occupancy: Temporary - If the building official finds that no substantial hazard will result from occupancy of any building or portion thereof before the building is completed, a temporary certificate of occupancy may be issued for the use of a portion of a building or structure prior to the completion of the entire building or structure. This certificate also permits a property owner to access the property to do work, store tools, equipment or personal belongings on-site. A property owner may not use or occupy the property for any other purpose.
2) Certificate of Use and Occupancy: Legacy – For existing businesses to ensure minimal compliance with fire and life safety regulations. This is for businesses holding a valid Village of Claycomo Business License that were existing at the time of adoption of this ordinance.
3) Certificate of Use and Occupancy – This certification is for businesses that have met compliance with current adopted codes and shall remain valid until one of the following conditions require a new certificate of occupancy:
· Change of ownership
· New business
· Occupying additional space
· Occupying a new location
· A construction project modifying the structure is complete