Certificate of Occupancy Explained

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What is a Certificate of Occupancy & When is One Needed?

  • No space may be occupied until a certificate of occupancy (CO) is issued.
  • When all appropriate final inspections are completed, outstanding re-inspection fees paid and required vegetative and erosion measures are addressed, a CO will be issued.
  • Power must be on for electrical and mechanical final, and water must be on for plumbing final inspection.
  • *Blower Door test or Duct Tightness test shall be posted at the Electrical Panel at the time of the Mechanical Final.
  • New Business – All new business requires a final inspection and a certificate of occupancy prior to operation.
  • New Residence – All new residential uses including one and two family require a final inspection and certificate of occupancy prior to use.
  • Changes of Use / Ownership – Changes in the business type or use of a building require a new certificate of occupancy.  .

Note:  No new business shall engage in business prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy and a City of South Fulton business license.

Certificate of Occupancy Process

Certificates of Occupancy will be processed 24 hours after all inspections and fees have been paid.
A Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued the same day it is requested.

If you are in need of a CO (Certificate of Occupancy), please note the following requirements:

  • All Finals must be passed
    • Building
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
    • Plumbing
    • Site
  • All re-inspection fees and/or outstanding fess must be paid

 Please email your request for a CO (Certificate of Occupancy) to the Permits Staff.