[Any work requiring a permit in Use Groups R-2, R-3, and R-4 would necessitate a Certificate of Use and Occupancy Inspection for these structures.] The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's universal building code specifies the following: SS 403.61. Residential structures. (a) Height requirements. All residential buildings shall be at least 2 stories high and not exceed 6 floors if all habitable rooms are on one floor or not exceed 4 floors if most habitable rooms are on more than 1 floor. Where stairs provide access to more than one floor, they must be wide enough for a person to go up or down them safely. In no case shall steps be allowed to protrude beyond the face of the building.
So, no, it is not necessary to obtain a certificate of occupancy from your local building department before you can legally build in Pennsylvania. However, the law does require certain types of construction (such as use of scaffolding or lifts), so make sure to read all the rules associated with your project to ensure you comply with them.
This section has been modified at the state or city levels. Section 101 contains provisions from other referenced codes, notably 101.4.5 for 527 CMR. Structures or sections of structures must be classed in one or more of the occupation groups indicated below. The classification should reflect the nature and use of the property.
Structural types include buildings, bridges, fences, signs, towers, and tunnels. The presence of machinery, equipment, or materials within a structure may cause them to be classified in more than one structural group. For example, an office building would be classified in both the Manufacturing and the Office sectors.
OCCUPATIONS ARE CASES WHERE IT IS IMPERATIVE TO CLASSIFY SOME TYPE OF PROFESSION. FOR EXAMPLE, A DOCTOR'S OFFICE OR CLINIC IS ASSIGNED TO THE Medical Sector, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY ALSO BE USED AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE. THE CASE CANNOT BE DECIDED BASED ON THE USE OF THE SPACE ONLY, BUT MUST BE LOOKED AT IN RELATION TO THE PRESENT LAW AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE SECTOR.
The following occupation groups have been adopted by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). DHCD is the agency responsible for administering the MA State Building Code (SBC) and the MA Uniform Construction Code (UCC).
Certificate of Occupancy & Building Permit (Mortgagee Letter 2001-27) HUD will accept proof of pre-approval and inspections from jurisdictions that provide BOTH a building permit prior to the commencement of construction (or its equivalent) and a certificate of occupancy (or its equal). In addition, there must be evidence that both the builder/developer and certifying inspector are qualified under local law.
The mortgagee letter is available at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?id=mcn_0003&act=view. You can also call IPD at 1-800-569-4287 for more information on how to submit certificates of occupancy for review.
An occupancy permit is a permit granted under the Building Act 2011 (WA) that defines a building's authorized use and classification, such as "office" or "retail." Before building spaces may be inhabited and used after April 2, 2012, occupancy permits must be obtained. For more information on how to obtain an occupancy permit, see our article "How do I get an occupancy permit for my apartment?"
The term "permit" also is used in other legislation relating to buildings in Western Australia. For example, a permit is required to alter a building's principal purpose or change its height above ground level.
Building owners need to apply for an occupancy permit before they can let apartments within their property become occupied. Occupants who live in unlicensed properties may be fined if an accident occurs on the premises. The owner of the property will be responsible for any fines resulting from an incident occurring on their property.
People who are renting rooms in their homes or offices may be able to claim tax deductions based on their tenants' income. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) provides more information about claiming tax deductions based on rental income.
In addition to being required by law to have an occupancy permit, new dwellings must meet certain fire safety standards. The Building Act requires builders to ensure that newly constructed houses have working smoke alarms on each floor of the home and outside each bedroom.
Permits are necessary for: 1 any building construction, reconstruction (renovation? ), alteration, repair, removal, or destruction; and 2 any building removal or demolition (subject to one exception for single-family homes noted below). The term "demolition" is defined as the intentional reduction of a building to rubble for subsequent disposal. Disposal may occur at a landfill or other permitted site, or dumpster diving can be done to salvage materials for other uses.
The only type of renovation/alteration that does not require a permit is minor maintenance such as fixing a leaky faucet or replacing worn out carpeting. However, if you plan to do major work on your house without first getting a permit, you will need to file an application with your local government office before starting any project.
There are several different types of permits that must be obtained before beginning work on a property. The type of permit required depends on the size of the project, the kind of material being used, and the presence of specific conditions within the city code. For example, if you are adding on to your house, you will need a building permit even if you are staying within the same zoning district as your existing house. If you are tearing down a building and don't use its structural components, you don't need a building permit.
To occupy and utilize any newly constructed structure or to modify the use or occupancy of an existing building or portion thereof, a Certificate of Construction Completion Occupancy (CCC) is necessary. Before a CCC may be given, all work must be permitted. Permission can be granted at any time before the certificate is issued.
The purpose of a CCC is to show that a building has been inspected for safety compliance with local laws and regulations. The CCC is issued by a certified building inspector who checks to make sure that the construction meets all requirements for occupancy as listed in the building code. If problems are found, they will be noted on the CCC and the owner will be notified either orally or in writing about the findings. Any necessary repairs or modifications required by these issues will be noted on the CCC and signed off by the building inspector. For example, if there are major problems with electrical wiring, it would be noted on the CCC and you would not be able to move into the house until those problems were fixed.
In addition to checking for safety issues, a CCC is also needed before you can legally rent out rooms in a house. Without a CCC, illegal apartment buildings with more than three units could be built without any government oversight. These apartments would be very dangerous for their tenants because there would be no way to know if they were being maintained properly or not.