A Certificate of Occupancy is required as a condition of a change in the use and occupancy of a space in accordance with the International Building Code. Certificates of Occupancy are also required for all new construction and building additions.
To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, gather the materials listed below and submit a completed permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse.
For complete instructions, refer to the Building Permits Page.
- Completed Building Permit Application – See Building Permits article for complete building permit information, including processing time and fees.
- Prerequisite Approvals for a Building Permit – Before obtaining a building permit, your project may need to receive approvals from various city departments if it meets the listed condition.
- Zoning/Use Registration Permit for any change in use of the property. Use Registration Permit Application Contact Licenses and Inspections Zoning Unit (Concourse – 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 215.686.2567)
- Clean Streams Act Compliance – for changes in use of a space 5,000 sq. ft. or more with a Use and Occupancy designation of R-2, R-3, A, B, M and E Use Groups, confirmation of compliance with the Clean Streams Act is required. (As per PA Act 537 and Clean Streams Act.) Contact the Philadelphia Water Department (2nd Floor – 1100 Market St., 215.685.1419)
- Three sets of building plans
- Plans must be of professional quality and drawn to scale (e.g. 1/4″ = 1′- 0″).
- The minimum sheet size is 18” x 24”.
- The following information must be included on the plan:
- Applicable codes
- Construction type, use and occupancy classification
- Delineation of all partitions and identification of fire-resistance rated construction
- Dimensions and use of each space clearly identified
- All exits, including width
- All plumbing fixtures
- A non-refundable filing fee of $100
See Building Permits article for complete building permit information, including processing time and fees.