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Certificate of Occupancy in City of Plano, Texas

A Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) is required for change of ownership, change of tenant, and name change.  The certificate should be placed at a conspicuous place at the building. The Building Inspections Department will do inspection of following items to issue the certificate:

  • Suite number on front and back doors of suite, and building address numbers on front and back of building in contrasting colors.
  • Address on electrical service meter.
  • Handicap accessible restrooms (grab bars & under sink pipe protection, etc.)
  • Backflow protection (vacuum breakers on hose bibs, etc.)
  • Electrical cords not allowed through ceiling grid/tiles.
  • Exit lights must be operational.
  • Emergency backup lights must be working.
  • Thumb latch on locks or Code compliant signage on exit doors (panic hardware, lever hardware, no bar lock, etc…)
  • Post occupant load signs (assembly uses only).
  • Mechanical violations (unsafe conditions).
  • Electrical violations (unsafe conditions).
  • Plumbing violations (unsafe conditions).
  • Building violations (unsafe conditions).

Scheduling Building Inspection

To schedule your Building Inspections, please utilize one of the three options listed below:-

  • Online Scheduling Procedures via E-TRAKIT:Please visit E-TRAKIT Webpage to schedule and monitor the status of your inspections. If you are a first time user, you will need to create an account.
  • SelecTXT- Interactive Text Messaging: Procedure
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  • Scheduling Inspections via Phone/IVR: Please contact the Building Inspections Department at 972-941-7140. Please be sure you have the permit number, type/number of inspection and the requested date.

Health and Fire Department Inspections must be scheduled thru the Health and Fire Departments. Prior to scheduling the Final/C.O. Inspection the Fire and Health Inspections must be passed.

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) may be issued to projects upon request from customers needing to occupy spaces or buildings prior to final CO inspection due to scheduling constraints or similar challenges. TCOs are provided as accommodations to projects that do not currently hold a Certificate of Occupancy (CO).

The TCO is limited to the following:

  • Moving in equipment, stock, and key staff prior to grand opening/start of business to the general public.
  • A TCO shall be limited to 45 days from date of issuance.
  • Customers are responsible to complete all work within the period granted by the TCO.
  • Upon expiration, TCOs shall become null and void.
  • A TCO is processed as an additional inspection on a project permit.
  • A full CO is still required prior to full occupancy of spaces or buildings.
  • Note: Once payment for a TCO is made, inspections are required by the Building Inspections Dept. prior to granting of TCO.

The building department carries out following types of inspection for issuing temporary certificate of occupancy

  • Coordination for MEP and Building Trades
  • Coordination with Fire (if required)
  • Coordination with Health (if required)
  • Coordination with Engineering (if required)

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) Fees

  • New Temporary Certificate of Occupancy: $100 TCO fee for each project PLUS $100 for each outstanding trades that have not received and passed a Final Inspection (ex: MEP, Health, Engineering, Fire, Backflow).
  • Renew Temporary Certificate of Occupancy: An additional $100 fee PLUS $100 for each outstanding trades (ex: MEP, Health, Engineering, Fire, Backflow) if a customer needs a TCO renewal.
  • Re-inspection Fees during TCO period: If required during TCO or TCO Renewal process, current re-inspection fee structure in increments of $50, $75, and $100 will be assessed.

Download Certificate of Occupancy Applications

City of Plano Certificate of Occupancy Permit Application

Certificate of Occupancy Application

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