Commercial Certificate of Occupancy
When is a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) required on a commercial building? Before a building or structure is occupied. Examples:
- All new commercial, industrial, and multi-family structures.
- When there has been a change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure, for example from a warehouse to office.
- Tenant finishes in a shell building.
- Major commercial additions that require Site Plan Approval.
When is a Letter of Completion issued instead of a C.O.? Examples:
- Accessory structures.
- Minor additions or alterations of a commercial building.
- Shell buildings.
What steps are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of Completion?
- Need to obtain a final approval from all agencies that approved the permit.
- Meet all conditions of approval of the permit. Conditions of approval are printed on your new Building Permits and on the back of the permit card.
- Bring in permit card showing all approvals, proof that all conditions are met, and request a Certificate of Occupancy.
Here are some examples of some agencies that may need final approval:
- Larimer County Building Department (Building & Wildfire Approval).
- Colorado State Electrical Board (Electrical Permit).
- Larimer County Environmental Health (Septic or Food License Permit).
- Larimer County Engineering Department (Access Permit, Surveyor's Certification, and Storm Drainage Approval on Commercial Buildings).
- Local Fire Department (Sprinkler and/or Final on Commercial Buildings).
- Larimer County Planning Department (Landscaping & Final Site Plan Approval on Commercial Buildings).
A Temporary C.O. may be request by following the same procedure as above. If final approval was not obtained, but there are no life safety issues as determined by the inspector a T.C.O. may be requested. There will be a $600 fee for temporary certificate of occupancy. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy shall be valid for six months. If a full Certificate of Occupancy is issued within the first month, all but $40 will be refunded. If a full Certificate of Occupancy is issued prior to the six month expiration, $100 shall be refunded for each full month remaining out of the original six month validity period of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.