Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is issued for new structures and building additions. It certifies that upon final inspection the completed work met applicable State and local code requirements and the terms of the permit and that the building is safe for occupancy.

Prerequisites
  • Final inspection approval under an issued permit.
Approvals or Permits Issued
  • Certificate of Occupancy is issued upon project completion.
Submittal Requirements
  • None
Additional Information
  • Certificates may be printed from the permit record in Accela Citizen Access (ACA) or can be obtained in person from the Development Services Center
  • Financial sureties may be required to guarantee any required site improvements that are not completed at the time of certificate issuance.
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy
  • A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued when a building is safe to occupy temporarily while the remaining non-life safety issues are resolved and approved.
  • A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is issued for the period of time deemed necessary by the Inspections Services Division to complete the remaining work but cannot exceed 90 days.
Expected Processing Time
  • It is issued after the final building inspection passes and the project has complied with all terms of the permit
Fees
  • Certificates of Occupancy are included in permit fees
  • For Temporary Certificates of Occupancy, a fee is required at time of request
  • See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF)  for specific fees
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
  • Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check