USE AND OCCUPANCY PERMIT?
WHAT IS USE AND OCCUPANCY PERMIT?
Use and occupancy permit is a final confirmation that the constructed, extended or rebuilt building is safe to use.
Every building permit should expire with the issue of an use and occupancy permit.
The Building Code Implementation Act passed in 2015 provides an opportunity to accept buildings erected, extended or rebuilt before 2015 without a legal basis, ie without a construction project and building permit.
This, of course, presupposes that the building is safe, the construction work has been completed before 2015 and the building complies with, for example, the general plan or the detailed plan. The construction project is replaced by a building audit in such a procedure.
BUILDINGS WITHOUT BUILDING PERMIT
In this situation, legalization of the building is possible through the use and occupancy permit procedure if the construction work has been completed before the summer of 2015.
In this situation, as-built drawings and audits with expert opinion on the construction work must be prepared to verify that the constructed or rebuilt building is safe and complies with, for example, § 11 of the Building Code. Requirements for the construction works.
Buildings erected or rebuilt in the period 2003-2015 must, among other things, comply with the current general or detailed spacial plan.
BUILDINGS WITH BUILDING PERMIT
In a situation where the building has been erected or rebuilt on the basis of a building permit, the construction technical documentation of the building must be submitted to the local authority.
This is a set of documents certifying that the building has been properly constructed and the installed technical systems are safe, including electrical installations, gas appliances, heating appliances and hearths.
Among other things, the journals of building operations and reports of covered Works must be also submitted. Usually, individual houses do not have these documents prepared. In this case, they can be replaced by a construction audit
USE AND OCCUPANCY PERMIT APPLICATION
If the owner of the property is not able to obtain all the necessary documents and apply for a use and occupancy permit himself, then we can offer our help. It is not wise to jump into unknown waters or make it through trial and error, just let the experts do their work to get the best and fastest possible result.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE
Each building has its own character, problems and issues. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. An application for a use and occupancy permit requires a number of relevant documents and obtaining these documents / audits takes the most time, unlike local government procedures. It should also be borne in mind that the results of investigations / audits may not be immediately positive and it may take time to make the necessary corrections.
According to the Building Code, the local government has time to process the use and occupancy notice within 10 days, ie within 10 days after notification, if the local government does not submit additional requirements, the building can be used. The 10-day notice procedure is in practice non-existent, as local government send a majority of use and occupancy notices for additional verification, ie add 30 days to the 10-day processing time.
As part of additional verification in the procedure of both use and occupancy notice and use and occupancy permit the local government and the Rescue Board will examine the documents submitted to the application and, if necessary, inspect the site. If questions/comments arise during the procedure, a corresponding note will be attached to the application, which can be resolved upon its return. Therefore, depending on the content and complexity of the comments submitted, the duration of the procedure may be extended.