What is a Certificate of Occupancy?

According to the City of Dallas, a certificate of occupancy is a document issued by the Building Inspection department, which permits land and/or buildings to be used for the purpose(s) listed on the certificate. “Except for single family, handicapped group dwelling unit, and duplex uses, a person shall not use or occupy or change the use or occupancy of a building, a portion of a building, or land without obtaining a certificate of occupancy from the building official….”picture

In our Law 101 posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more complex discussions.


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