Certificate of Use and Occupancy

RESIDENTIAL CERTIFICATES OF USE AND OCCUPANCY

Certificate of Use and Occupancy Permit

NON-RESIDENTIAL CERTIFICATES OF USE AND OCCUPANCY

Certificate of Use and Occupancy Permit

  • Complete the Application for Certificate of Use and Occupancy - Existing Structure (PDF)
  • Submit the completed Permit Application in person or via first class mail to the Code Compliance Department
  • Review Administrative Order #2017-2 (PDF) 
  • Non-residential buildings are to be inspected for compliance utilizing one of the two following options.  The decision as to which option is to be used will be at the discretion of the Director of Code Compliance. 
    • Option #1 - International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
      • The currently adopted IEBC sections 1301.5 Evaluation, 1301.6 Evaluation Process, 1301.7 Building Score, 1301.8 Safety Scores, and 1301.9 Evaluation of Building Safety shall be used. 
      • Structural members shall be evaluated to verify they are structurally sound and capable of supporting imposed loads in accordance with Chapter 16 of the currently adopted International Building Code (IBC) for the proposed use.
      • The currently adopted International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and the currently adopted International Fire Code (IFC) as it applies to existing buildings and structures shall be used for the inspection.
      • Accessibility requirements shall be in accordance with the "Complete Change of Occupancy" section of the currently adopted IEBC that pertains to a Change of Occupancy unless otherwise directed by the Director of Code Compliance.
    • Option #2 - International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) & International Fire Code (IFC)
      • The currently adopted IPMC and the currently adopted IFC as it applies to existing buildings and structures shall be used for inspection. 
      • Accessibility requirements shall be in accordance with the "Complete Change of Occupancy" section of the currently adopted IEBC that pertains to a Change of Occupancy unless otherwise directed by the Director of Code Compliance.
  • Contact the Code Compliance Department for questions related to the Certificate of Use and Occupancy process or to schedule an inspection

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CERTIFICATE OF USE AND OCCUPANCY

  • The owner of record or an authorized agent may request a copy of the current Certificate of Use and Occupancy. If a valid Certificate of Use and Occupancy is on file with the Township, a copy will be provided.

  • Existing structures that do not have a valid Certificate of Use and Occupancy require the owner to complete an Application for Certificate of Use and Occupancy (PDF), pay the applicable fees and schedule an inspection with a Code Official. Per the Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act (MCOCA) – PA Act 133 of 2016, any documented violation(s) shall be classified as either a basic violation or a substantial violation. Inspection results shall determine the type of Certificate to be issued. Refer to Section 3 for Certificate types.

  • If a change of use occurs on the premises, even if there is a valid Certificate of Use and Occupancy on file for the previous use, the owner must follow the procedures described above for existing structures that do not have a valid Certificate of Use and Occupancy.

  • Any owner or authorized agent requesting a re-issuance of an existing Certificate of Use and Occupancy must follow the same procedures described above for existing structures that do not have a valid Certificate of Use and Occupancy. At the Director of Code Compliance’s discretion, a re-issuance for a name change only may be granted without an inspection for a nominal fee as listed on the current fee schedule.

  • For questions related to Certificates of Use and Occupancy, contact the Code Compliance Department.