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Eastville, VA 23347
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Certificates of Occupancy
There is no charge for a certificate of occupancy (C.O.) associated with a building permit for new construction.
It is illegal to occupy or use a structure that requires a C.O., before a CO has been issued.
Certificates of Occupancy are required by the USBC, which states:
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY.
119.1. General. A certificate of occupancy indicating
completion of the work for which a permit was issued, in
accordance with this code and any pertinent laws and
ordinances, shall be obtained prior to any occupancy of a
structure except as provided for in this section. Final
inspection approval or approvals may serve as the
certificate of occupancy for any addition or alteration to
a structure for which a certificate of occupancy has
already been issued.
119.2. Temporary occupancy. Upon the request of the
permit holder, a temporary certificate of occupancy may
be issued before the completion of the entire work
covered by the permit provided that such portion or
portions may be occupied safely prior to full completion
of the structure without endangering life or public
[Note inserted: Northampton County charges a service fee for 30 day temporary certificates of occupancy. Fees are double each time a 30 day temporary certificate of occupancy is renewed. Unpaid fees may be added to the real estate tax bill.]
119.3. Existing structures continued use. Upon written
request from the owner or his agent, or as otherwise
determined necessary by the building official, following
an inspection and provided there are no violations of Part
III (13 VAC 5-62-420 et seq.) of this chapter and the
Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (13 VAC 5-51)
and the structure's use has not changed, such structure
shall not be prevented from continued use and the
building official shall issue a certificate of occupancy as
provided for in the USBC.
[Note inserted: Northampton County charges a service fee for certificates of occupancy for existing structures that are not associated with a building permit.]
119.4. Contents of certificate. Upon completion and
approval of the final inspection or when a structure is
entitled thereto, the building official shall issue the
certificate of occupancy within five working days after
receiving a request for its issuance.
The certificate of occupancy shall specify the following:
1. The edition of the USBC under which the
permit is issued.
2. The group classification and occupancy in
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3.
3. The type of construction as defined in Chapter
4. If an automatic sprinkler system is provided and
whether or not such system was required.
5. Any special stipulations and conditions of the