Contributed By Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
This will vary by municipality. Typically, the issuance of a certificate of occupancy or its equivalent will be from a municipality. After inspection of the fire and life safety systems, vertical transportation, etc, projects will be issued a certificate of occupancy or a temporary certificate of occupancy. In multi-tenant properties like office buildings, one obtains a certificate of occupancy on the entire shell and core of the building, and then temporary certificates of occupancy on each tenant space within the building, until the building is built out, when one can obtain a permanent certificate of occupancy on the entire structure.