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Obtaining A Certificate of Occupancy

  1. Please complete entire Certificate of Occupancy and Business License packet and include an 11” x 17” floor plan of your building/facility, including a total square footage of the building and all exits. If you are a new business, or relocating an existing business make sure the property is within the city limits, and verify you are using the correct address.
  2. Planning Division will review the zoning and the type of business you will be conducting.  If it is a use permitted by right within that zoning, they return the approved application to the Building Division.  If not, a Planner will contact you with the results of his review.
    • Once planning review is complete the Building Division Permit Technician will notify you to move into your building.
    • When you have completely moved in you will need to contact the Building Division at (530-538-2425) to schedule your building inspection. At which time, you can contact the Fire Department at (530-538-2481) to schedule your fire inspection. You will need to have a responsible party at the site to allow for access and to answer any questions relating to the proposed business and facility.
    • When the Building Inspector and Fire Marshall has approved the building is safe for occupancy the Permit Technician will prepare your Certificate of Occupancy for signature by the Building Official. After it has been signed it will be given to the Staff Assistant who will then prepare your Business License.
  3. Once planning review is complete the Building Division Permit Technician will notify you to move into your building.
  4. When you have completely moved in you will need to contact the Building Division at (530-538-2425) to schedule your building inspection. At which time, you can contact the Fire Department at (530-538-2481) to schedule your fire inspection. You will need to have a responsible party at the site to allow for access and to answer any questions relating to the proposed business and facility.
  5. When the Building Inspector and Fire Marshall has approved the building is safe for occupancy the Permit Technician will prepare your Certificate of Occupancy for signature by the Building Official. After it has been signed it will be given to the Staff Assistant who will then prepare your Business License.
  6. If your facility will require any alterations, additions or remodeling of the building, site or structures you may also be required to obtain a Building Permit. This includes any electrical, plumbing or mechanical/HVAC work. All Building Permits shall receive Final Approval prior to any Business License Occupancy being issued.
  7. If there are any Life-Safety items in need of correction/repairs, they must be completed prior to the Business License Occupancy being issued. A Correction Notice will be issued by the Building Inspector and/or Fire Marshal. After correction/repairs have been made, call the Building Division and/or Fire Department to schedule a re-inspection to verify that corrections have been completed.

The inspection may include, but not limited to, the following items:

  1. Fire Extinguisher(s) - (minimum 2A, 10 BC or larger rating) provided and mount, have serviced (annually), provide clear access, etc..
  2. Exiting – Exit Signs and Emergency Egress Illumination (with back-up power), clear unobstructed path of egress.
  3. Electrical - no exposed wiring, cover plates for junction boxes, switch & outlet covers, breakers labeled, etc..
  4. Fire Protection Equipment – unobstructed access to controls, sprinklers have current 5-year servicing certification. No damaged, corroded or painted sprinkler heads, Commercial Exhaust Hoods – clean, serviced and provided with UL 300 compliant fire extinguishing system - serviced and tagged.
  5. Flammable and Combustible Liquids contained in Approved Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet, or other approved means of storage. Compressed Gas cylinders secured to prevent tipping over.
  6. Storage and Housekeeping – arrange storage in orderly manner to provide access/ egress, remove combustible storage from boiler, mechanical, electrical room, remove waste and rubbish materials from premises, etc..
  7. Provide address numbering which is visible from the street. (Minimum 4” in height lettering)
  8. Structural/Architectural - no holes in walls, leaky roofs/ceilings, broken windows, etc..
  9. Plumbing - in working order, no danger of cross-contamination, check-valves where required, no leaks, etc..
  10. Off-Street Parking provided? Accessible Parking delineated in accordance with current Building Code requirements.
  11. Trash enclosure provided - if not existing?