Certificate of Occupancy

Program Overview 

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for all new businesses that are not applying for a building permit prior to occupancy, and recommended for all others. This program allows business owners and business tenants the opportunity to learn what is required to occupy their space in a way that provides a safe work environment and meets the rules and guidelines of the City and the Minnesota State Building and Fire Codes. It is specifically designed to try and avoid business location decisions that end up not working because of code related occupancy or use issues.

  1. Step 1 - Review and Prepare
  2. Step 2 - Create an Account/PRO
  3. Step 3 - Apply
  4. Step 4 - Review and Payment
  5. Step 5 - Schedule an Inspection

Review and Prepare

The following action(s) need to be completed prior to permit approval.
  • SAC Determination Form
    This is to be turned into the Metropolitan Council 651-602-1421 (Required prior to issuance of permit).

General Information

  • Prior to permit approval, staff will review your permit information.  This typically takes 3 to 4 business days.  Upon approval you will receive an email that your application has been approved and the permit is ready for payment.
  • Upon permit approval (after payment), contact the Building Department to schedule a certificate of occupancy walk-through inspection using the inspections tile on your online permit. An inspection will be scheduled with the new business, a building inspector, and a fire inspector.
  • The program will help eliminate future hardships by ensuring that tenants are aware of City or State regulations prior to relocating to a site.
  • The program will allow the City to obtain emergency key holder information which will assist businesses in the event of a fire or emergency.
  • The program will assist the City in identifying the hazardous materials in our community, thus protecting volunteer fire crews. Repairs, improvements, or concerns will be given in a written form to the prospective business and building owner. 

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