I recently attended a meeting with Zoning that covers new policies and procedures for how C of O’s will be handled moving forward. Please take some time to review these new changes at they will affect you. As always I’m available to come in and meet with you and your team about the changes that are happening at DCRA and the surrounding jurisdictions in regards the permit process.
- A new Special Inspections Certificate must be included upfront on all Third Party Inspection
C Of O Applications. This is to be completed from the third party inspection company.
- Copies of ALL Rough in and final inspections must be included with the C of O package.
- If projects went through Green Review then please make sure the Green inspection is completed and finalized BEFORE YOU SUBMIT for the C of O.
- To help the process move smoother make sure GC keeps receipts for Construction waste management as I’m seeing this get flagged.
Below are some other important reminders when you’re working on a Certificate of Occupancy.
C of O’s are required when:
- Ownership Changes
- Occupancy Load Changes
- Use of space Changes
Each owner must obtain their own certificate of occupancy
Temp C of O’s:
Only used for temporary events such as flea market, farmers markets, or similar events
Core and Shell C of O’s:
Are required after completion of a new building to verify that the buildings plans and systems conform with the approved plans.
Conditional C of O’s :
Issued for the part of a new building before completion of the entire work covered by permit. New guidelines are posted for conditional C of O’s. For additional information on the process please visit http://dcra.dc.gov/service/get-certificate-occupancy