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What is a Certificate of Occupancy?


A certificate of occupancy is a document that proves that a property has complied with all building codes and regulations and is ready to be occupied. A certificate of occupancy is necessary residential/commercial tenants as well as retail stores and its customers.


Example of a Certificate of Occupancy (DCRA | Washington, D.C)

Regardless of municipality/city you are in, the document should list the following:

  • Address

  • Description of the property (use and square footage)

  • Zoning Codes

  • Property Owner

  • Relevant permit information (square, lot, permit no.)



City Permit | Washington, D.C. | Permit Expediting

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