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Certificate of Occupancy in City of Detroit, Michigan

The certificate of occupancy is called the Certificate of Occupancy & Compliance (C of O) in Detroit. This certificate indicates that a building meets all city codes and is safe to occupy. You may not LEGALLY occupy or use a building without a certificate of occupancy.

The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSE&ED) of Detroit City Government issues C of O on the request of the customer. The department verifies that all the required division approvals (electrical, plumbing, mechanical and building) have been obtained.

The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department department does not issue Certificates of Occupancy for legally existing structures because of periodic building changes. It is infeasible to expect that a building that was completely constructed under a previous building code must conform to current codes each time a change is adopted.

What are the fees for Certificate of Occupancy?

There are no fees for Certificates of Occupancy. However any outstanding inspection fees must be paid before a certificate is issued.

How to get Certificate of Occupancy?

Before requesting certificate of occupancy, please make sure that inspections in ALL disciplines have been approved. The building inspections are valid for up to one year, otherwise a re-inspection may be required. Request for certificate of occupancy can be submitted via email, fax or in person in Room 408. (Applications are available on line or in Room 408.)

  • STEP 1: Customer visits Permit Information Center and requests a Certificate of Occupancy. An application is completed and attached to the Building permit for routing purposes.
  • STEP 2: Customer takes a seat and waits for name to be called
  • STEP 3: Licenses & Permit Clerk notifies customer of approval or denial.
  • STEP 4: If all approvals are on file, the Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
  • STEP 5: If all approvals are not on file, you will be told which ones need to be obtained below

Certificate of Occupancy Issuance Process

Upon receiving the application and fee, the COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT will review for proper zoning and use of the building or lease space. The department will schedule a building inspection, and if approved by the Building Inspector the Fire Marshall will perform their inspection. If applicable, upon receipt of a Food Establishment Permit Application, a Health Inspection will be conducted and if all approved you will be issued a Certificate of Occupancy and Food Establishment Permit.

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