Contributed By McGuireWoods LLP
Prior to a property being inhabited or used for its intended purpose, certificates of occupancy or similar permits are a requirement of most local jurisdictions. The nomenclature varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Certificates of occupancy or similar approvals are evidence that the premises is compliant with the applicable zoning and building code requirements. In most cases, certificates of occupancy are also required any time there is a change in use or tenancy of the premises in question.