Final Certificate of Occupancy

After all field inspections have been approved, each permit file is reviewed for issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy (CO). Before a CO can be issued, the following items must be satisfied:

  • Plan Review (Building Code) conditions on the permit must be complied with.
  • Other Town Agency approvals must be obtained when applicable.

Plan Review Conditions

Your permit may have been issued with a condition letter. This letter lists any special building code conditions that need to be satisfied as pertains to that particular job. Some conditions are directives such as providing flag men at the site. Directive conditions must be complied with, but don't require a submitted response. Other conditions do require the submittal to the Building Inspection Division of additional information such as test reports, special inspection reports, certifications required from architects or engineers. It is at this time that the Building Inspection Division will verify that a satisfactory response has been submitted by the permittee (you) for all of these conditions before a CO can be issued.

Town Agency Approvals

Zoning Compliance

Written certification of zoning compliance shall be obtained from the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Planning and Zoning, and shall be submitted to the Division of Building Inspection by the permit holder.

Other Town Agency Approvals

At this stage the permit is reviewed to insure that other Town agency approvals have been satisfied. The following are agencies whose approval may be required and the format in which this approval is accomplished.

Greenwich Fire Marshal

This office has fire inspectors that will inspect the work done under the permit. You are responsible for scheduling this inspection directly with the Fire Marshal's office. When this inspection has been made and approved, the Fire Inspector will notify the Division of Buildings directly, usually by email. If the Fire Inspector signs your Inspection Record Card you will be required to bring the card into our office so we can make a copy of it. We will not accept a copy that is not made by our staff. This approval does not apply to one and two family dwellings.

Contact the Greenwich Fire Marshal at 203-622-3950.

Public Works, Sewer Division

New buildings that are connected to the Town sewer system require an inspection of the sewer connection by the Sewer Division of the DPW You are responsible for arranging for these inspections with the Sewer Division prior to backfilling. After inspection, you will be issued a Notice of Sewer Connection (Sewer Final). You must submit this notice to the Building Inspection Division before a CO can be issued.

Contact the Sewer Division at 203-622-7760.

Public Works, Engineering Division

P&Z conditions often require approval from the Engineering Division prior to CO. If Engineering approval is required, you are responsible for arranging the inspection and providing the Engineering Division with any information they need. After inspection, the Engineering Office will send a memo to the Division of Building Inspection stating they have no objections to the issuance of a CO.

Contact the Engineering Division at 203-622-7767.

Health Department, Division of Environmental Health

All buildings that involve any of the following will require approval from this Division prior to the issuance of a CO:

  • Buildings that are supplied with water from a well
  • Buildings that discharge into a private septic system
  • Child care facilities
  • Cosmetology facilities (nail/beauty salons, etc.)
  • Irrigation wells
  • Public pools (including private clubs)
  • Serving or preparation of food for the public
  • Variety/food stores (including mini-marts)

This Division will issue a memo to the Division of Building Inspection stating their approval. It is the responsibility of the permittee to obtain all inspections and approvals from this Division. Contact Environmental Health at 203-622-7838.

Issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy

After all required inspections have been approved, and all conditions have been met, the permit process is complete and a CO will be issued. This CO is generated through the automated permit management system (Cstone) and printed out within a few days of the permit process completion. This certificate permits legal occupancy of the building and is mailed to the permittee with a copy to the owner.

Occupancy of any building or altered portion of a building without first obtaining a CO is a violation of Section 118.1, of the CT State Building Code.