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Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Completion

august 2022, issue 2

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BRIEFING ON CONSTRUCTION & Some other stuff

Written by TATIANA gUSt

A Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Completion are documents issued by the building department, to the builder or owner once the construction project has been completed. These documents have different meanings, and we will review in detail what each of them represent from a building code compliance point of view. 

Let us start with the Certificate of Completion. A Certificate of Completion is provided under two different criteria: 

  1. to a building that was built and not intended for immediate occupancy, such as a shell building that later will have a permit to do a tenant buildout for the individual spaces, or 
  2. to an existing building, which already possesses a Certificate of Occupancy, but has undergone improvements or a remodel, where the use or classification of the building has not changed. This means that the building is going to be used in the same manner as originally was used. 
certificate of occupancy

Now let’s discuss Certificate of Occupancy. A Certificate of Occupancy will be issued to projects that meet the following criteria: 

certificate of completion
  1. to a new construction building that is intended for immediate occupancy, such as a house, a store, or a restaurant, or 
  2. to an existing building, which has been remodeled with a different use than the original Certificate of Occupancy was issued for. For example, an office building that is remodeled to become a retail store. The use of the building is different; therefore, the building department will issue a new Certificate of Occupancy for the new remodeled space, or 
  1. when a building has been deemed unsafe, the building official will require that upon a new permit to repair/restore the building a new Certificate of Occupancy will be issued for the structure. 
In other words, both documents provide proof that a building or remodel has been substantially completed in accordance to approved plans and applicable codes. However, the Certificate of Completion only indicates the project has been completed but does not grant occupancy. In order to occupy a building, you must have received at one point or another a Certificate of Occupancy. The Certificate of Occupancy is not lost due to remodels, but it is lost if the building is deemed unsafe or you change the use of the building.   Let me know if you have additional questions about the building codes or construction process. Follow us for more and share our blog! 

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Exposure represents the adjustments due the characteristics of the terrain surrounding the building.

Exposure B.For buildings with a mean roof height of less than or equal to 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness B, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 1,500 feet (457 m). For buildings with a mean roof height greater than 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where Surface Roughness B prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 2,600 feet (792 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater.

Exposure C.Exposure C shall apply for all cases where Exposure B or D does not apply.

Exposure D.Exposure D shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness D, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 5,000 feet (1524 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater. Exposure D shall also apply where the ground surface roughness immediately upwind of the site is B or C, and the site is within a distance of 600 feet (183 m) or 20 times the building height, whichever is greater, from an Exposure D condition as defined in the previous sentence.

 

 
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