Certificate of Occupancy
A Certificate of Occupancy documents the legal use or occupancy of a building. Every building built after 1938 requires a Certificate of Occupancy. If you are a property owner, you must apply for a new Certificate of Occupancy if construction or alteration has changed your building's use, occupancy, or means of exit.
You must file an application for a Certificate of Occupancy with the Department of Buildings (DOB) to begin the inspection process before a new Certificate is issued. Download the Certificate of Occupancy fact sheet.
Letter of No Objection
DOB provides Letters of No Objection to confirm the legal use of a building constructed before 1938. To request a Letter of No Objection, go to the DOB Borough Office where your property is located.
Bring any property-related materials you have that demonstrate the longstanding use of the property. Examples of such materials include:
- Old property surveys
- Property deeds
- Water bills
- Tax assessments
Before you visit a DOB Borough Office, research the construction records for the property by using the Buildings Information System (BIS).
Learn more about a Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of No Objection.
Contact a DOB Borough Office for more information and assistance with a Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of No Objection.