Certificate of Occupancy

The City of Arvada municipal Code (Chapter 18) and the International Building Codes require that before any building may be occupied or used for any purpose, a valid Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) authorizing such use or occupancy must first be issued by the Chief Building Official or his designee. The Certificate of Occupancy must be posted in the building or occupied space.

OCCUPANCY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS A USE NOT INVOLVED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS OF THE BUILDING, FOR EXAMPLE, STOCKING OR STORAGE OF FURNISHINGS, GOODS OR PRODUCTS, HIRING OR TRAINING OF EMPLOYEES, PLACEMENT OF FILING CABINETS, DESKS, TABLES AND CHAIRS, MANUFACTURING OF PRODUCTS, SALES OF GOODS; GENERALLY, THE USE OF THE BUILDING BY ANYONE NOT INVOLVED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OR REMODELING OF THE BUILDING.

Commercial Certificate of Occupancy Procedure:

1. Submit a written request for certificate of occupancy (see related links) ONE WEEK (5 working days) in advance of your desired occupancy date for comercial and 3 working days for residential.
2. Obtain all necessary inspection approvals from Planning, Engineering, Fire, Utilities Traffic and health departments (if necessary).
3. Bring all required documents for files and recording including the inspection record card after obtaining all required signatures.
4. Pay all required fees (utility tap, impact fees, etc.) And escrow amounts (if necessary).
5. When the Certificate of Occupancy is issued to you, post it in a conspicuous place in the building.

Required Approvals & Recording:

  • Inspection record card must have inspector's signatures for all required building, plumbing, electrical and HVAC inspections. 
  •  Final report by special inspector(s) for special work categories.