What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
A C.O. is required for all buildings or structures that are occupied or used for commercial purposes. The C.O. contains information concerning the owner or tenant, address of the building, a description of the portions of the building and the use intended.
When is a C.O. required?
- When a new building is constructed and occupied
- If an existing building or lease space is remodeled, enlarged, or altered
- When any new use, tenant, or occupant is established
- When any use, tenant, or occupant of any tenant or lease space is changed
Why is a C.O. needed?
- When any tenant "name" or ownership is changed
The Fire Department uses the C.O. information to help identify potential hazards that may be encountered while responding to emergency calls.
When the building is new, the C.O. verifies that it conforms to the most current life safety standards. When the building is existing, has an ownership change, tenant change, or change in building use, a new C.O. is required to provide that the building is still safe to occupy.
How is a C.O. obtained?
A C.O. Packet can be obtained by picking one up in our office or contacting us to have one mailed to you.
Once a completed application and the $110 application/inspection fee is received by our office, the application is entered into the computer and routed to the applicable departments for inspection and approval signatures.
- Planning & Zoning - verifies that the use is allowed in the zoning district in which the building is located and identifies any additional requirements based on zoning
- Health Department - issues separate health permit for any businesses serving food or beverage
- Fire Department - performs an inspection and issues approval upon full compliance of the code
- Building Inspections - performs an inspection and issues approval and final C.O. upon full compliance of the code
What should be done with a C.O. once it is obtained?
The C.O. is required to be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises and shall not be removed except by the Building Official.
Special note for restaurants:
Businesses that plan to serve food or beverages require an approved health permit from the City of Rowlett Health Department. Please contact Joe Tilger, Health Inspector for more information.
City of Rowlett Health Services
4401 Rowlett Rd.
Rowlett, TX 75088
- All Home Occupations must be registered with the City. Please complete the Home Occupation Application
and submit to our office. There is no fee for filing and approved applications will be mailed/e-mailed once processed. Home Occupations involving food or drink must also contact Health Services for a permit.
Home Occupation Ordinance