Procedures for Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy

The State New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, at NJAC 5:23-2.23, requires that the applicant for a construction permit (where a certificate of occupancy is required) shall not occupy a building or structure, or any part thereof, until a certificate of occupancy has been issued by the Construction Official.

To qualify for a certificate of occupancy, the permit holder shall:

For residential development:

For non-residential development:

Approval to install shelving or furnishings may be granted prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy upon the request of the applicant after all of the construction inspections have been made and approved.

A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued in cases when the applicant cannot complete a specific portion of the work prior to occupancy. The application requesting a TCO shall contain a list enumerating the outstanding items and the estimated time for their completion. A copy of the appropriate governmental agency recommending issuance of a TCO must be attached to the request.

In the case of multi-tenant buildings, a Certificate of Occupancy for the building shell (including all common areas) shall be issued prior to issuance of a C.O. for a tenant space.

**To obtain a certificate for change of occupancy for residential resale and/or rental units, please contact the Evesham Township Fire Department.