Application for Certificate of Occupancy

              Certificate of Occupancy Process

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for

  • A new building and/or structure
  • A new owner for an existing building, structure or business
  • A new use, tenant, or occupancy in an existing building, structure or tenant space
  • A remodeled, altered, or expanding building, structure or tenant space
  • A change in name of an existing business
  • A clean and show (temporary power for 30 days maximum)

Start with filling out our CO Form

The owner and/or tenant must complete and submit a certificate of occupancy application accompanied with the required non-refundable application processing fee of $100.00 along with picture identification.

Application will be evaluated for code and ordinance compliance.  The process may take up to 5-10 business days.

If no additional information is needed, required inspections can be conducted by the building and fire inspectors.

If violations are noted during the inspection process, a correction notice will be issued.  Otherwise, the application will be approved and issued upon successful completion of inspection.

Application submittal will expire after 60 days of acceptance by city official.  To re-apply, another $100.00 non-refundable application will be assessed.

The applicant is responsible to schedule inspections with the City by calling 817-274-7368 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  (Monday – Friday)

If the proposed new business is not similar to the previous use or if new equipment and/or a new operation/process is proposed the applicant must first submit a floor plan, equipment layout, letter describing the new operation along with a $55.00 review fee for evaluation, or a building permit in which the applicant must clearly show compliance with adopted codes and ordinances.  A permit will be required and must be secured prior to a certificate of occupancy submittal.

With an active building permit the owner and/or tenant must complete and submit a certificate of occupancy application which will be approved and issued upon construction and approval from all departments performing inspections and securing a building final.

A certificate of occupancy is issued after the application is reviewed, the building or structure is inspected and it is determined that no violations exist of any provisions of the City of Dalworthington Gardens adopted codes or ordinances. 

Posting of a certificate of occupancy certificate shall be posted in or upon the premises to which they apply so that they are readily visible to anyone entering the premises.

Sign permits will only be issued after a certificate of occupancy is issued.  Signage for business must match the name on the certificate of occupancy.


NOTE:  The building official may, in writing, suspend or revoke a certificate of occupancy if issued in error, or on the basis of incorrect information provided, or when it is determined that the building, structure or portion thereof is in violation of any ordinance, regulation or code adopted by the City of Dalworthington Gardens.

For questions, call 817-274-7368