Where and when do I obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for my building?

A Certificate of Occupancy is issued for any change of building use, new building construction, new additions to existing buildings and the construction of new habitable space in existing buildings. The Chief Building Official shall provide each certificate of use and occupancy approved by the Chief Building official to the City’s Planning and Zoning Administrator and to the City Engineer prior to delivering the certificate of use and occupancy to the owner of the building or structure to which the certificate of use and occupancy pertains. No building or structure in whole or in part shall be used or occupied until the Planning and Zoning Administrator and the City Engineer have each endorsed their approval on the back of the certificate of use and occupancy, certifying that the use of the building or structure and the premises upon which the building is situated is in compliance with the City’s Codified Ordinances. The building owner shall only use the structure in compliance with the certificate of use and occupancy and any stated conditions therein. The structure and all approved building service equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the approval.

What permits are needed when installing fire alarms or fire sprinklers?

To install fire alarms, a fire detection/suppression permit and four sets of drawings, is required.

To install fire sprinklers, a fire detection/suppression permit, four sets of drawings and pdf of plans is required. For more information, please call City of Springfield, Community Development Department, Division of Building Regulations at (937) 324-7388 or City of Springfield Fire Department at (937) 324-7610.

How long is a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) valid?

The expiration date of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) is typically 30 days. You may contact the City of Springfield, Community Development Department, Division of Building Regulations at (937) 324-7388, or visit 76 E. High St., 2nd Floor of City Hall, Building Regulations Counter with questions.