Certificate of Occupancy

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​What is a Certificate of Occupancy?

A Certificate of Occupancy  certifys that a building's compliance with applicable building codes and other laws, and indicating it to be in a condition suitable and safe for occupancy.​​​​

Not all projects require a certificate of occupancy to be issued. A certificate of occupancy is required for the following projects:

  • New commercial and residential structures
  • Tenant improvement of a newly occupied space
  • Tenant improvement or remodel that involves a change in the occupancy type
  • Other projects as determined

Getting Started:

  • Submit a Public Records Request to​ find out if there is an exisiting Certificate of Occupancy for the home or business location. It typically takes 3-5 business days to process.
  • If there is no Certificate of Occupancy or permit history on file, please contact the PDD Ombudsmen team: pdd.ombudsman@phoenix.gov.
  • When required inspections are complete, the inspector will indicate a pass or fail.  Any issues noted will need to be remedied and inspected again in order for a Certificate of Occupancy to be issued.
  • Once all required inspections have passed and the information is documented, a Certificate of Occupancy will be automatically generated if the project requires one. 
  • A green tag signifying compliance with certain code requirements will be given to projects that do not require a new Certificate of Occupancy.

Certificate of Occupancy Guidelines and Additional Resources:​

​For more information, contact Planning & Development at 602-262-7811, or visit the Development Center, City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., second floor.