Authorization To Occupy / Use

No building or structure for which a Certificate of Occupancy is required under Clark County Title 30 shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the Building Official has issued a Certificate of Occupancy.

Stocking goods, training employees or installing furnishings may be considered a form of occupancy.  Specific questions concerning occupancy authorization should be directed to the assigned building inspector and fire inspector.

Certificate of Completion
A Certificate of Completion is a document issued upon completion of work on a structure not intended for occupancy, such as a water tank, or a structure that requires further permitted interior work to occupy, such as a shell building.  A Certificate of Completion does not authorize occupancy of the structure.

Tenant build outs within a shell structure (permitted as interior remodels) may not receive a final building inspection or receive any type of occupancy authorization, including a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, until the shell building has received approval of the final building inspection and has been granted a Certificate of Completion.

Certificate of Occupancy (CO)
A Certificate of Occupancy is a document issued upon completion of a structure designed and permitted for immediate occupancy after completion and approval of all permitted work.  This certificate will be issued within 3 working days of the final building inspection approval.

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO)
A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) may be granted for all or a portion of the building or structure when it has been determined that no substantial hazard exists and all required inspections and clearances are partially or fully approved.  Results of required inspections and clearances may be reviewed by checking your permit online.

A TCO may only be issued for a commercial or multi-tenant residential project.  Single-family residential units are not eligible to be granted a TCO.

To apply for a TCO, the owner, owner’s representative or general contractor shall submit a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Application Form and pay an application fee of $125.00.  After all sub-trade permits are approved for final inspection or partial final inspection, all required clearances from other departments and agencies are approved, the permit holder may request a Partial Final Building Inspection.  Upon approval of this inspection, the temporary occupancy may be granted, subject to the conditions listed on the TCO Conditions Letter.

Click here to obtain a TCO application form online, or you may obtain a copy at our offices at 4701 W. Russell Road.  To review this department’s policy addressing the issuance of a TCO, click here: (P&P 9.00.12)

Copies of Existing Certificates
Copies of all Certificate types can be obtained by accessing our Document Image Search program, available on this website.  When searching for an occupancy certificate, use Building Applications as your selected Application type.

Department/Agency Phone List
The following departments and agencies may have required clearances prior to the issuance of a TCO or CO:

Last modified at 10/11/2017 8:22 by System Account