A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) describes a building’s legal use and type of permitted occupancy. Check Status of Certificate of Occupancy for any property in New York City using House Number or Job Number.
All new buildings must have a Certificate of Occupancy. Existing buildings must obtain a new CO when there is a change in use, ownership or type of occupancy. The CO is an important document and you may need it during selling or renting the property. The NYC Department of Building issues a Certificate of Occupancy when all construction work is done according to the submitted plans and building codes. The issuance of certificate confirms following:
- The construction work complies with all applicable laws
- All paperwork has been completed
- All fees owed to the Department have been paid
- All relevant violations have been resolved
- All necessary approvals have been received from other City Agencies.
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy in NYC
The property owners must make sure that a building or unit has a Certificate of Occupancy. In some cases, the Department may issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) after checking that a property is safe to occupy and there are no health hazards. You can use a TCO to move furniture or luggage to the property. TCO has an expiration date of 90 days.
For all buyers, it is strongly recommends that you purchase a property having a final Certificate of Occupancy, not a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). If you buy a building having TCO, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the building obtains a final CO documenting its compliance with the Building Code and the Zoning Resolution.
Getting a Copy of a CO
You can print a copy of a building’s CO from any computer. Use House Number, Borough or Job ID to look up the property in above search fields. In the search results, click on “View” link to display all COs. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view and print the certificate.