The Construction Division of the Inspections Department issues a Certificate of Occupancy when a building has passed all inspections and is ready for use. A new building cannot be legally occupied until a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
The Certificate of Occupancy is the final document in the inspections process. It verifies how a building may be used (for example, residential, commercial, business or multi-dwelling.) As a legal document, a Certificate of Occupancy may be required when selling property or refinancing a mortgage.
The Construction Division may issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy when a building is safe to occupy temporarily while remaining issues are resolved and approved. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy expires 30 days after issuance.
View and Obtain a Copy of a Certificate of Occupancy:
Certificates of Occupancy are available for viewing and printing at the Online Development Center.
- Click on the "Home" tab at the top of the page.
- Click on "View CO" in the Permits section on the left.
- Search by either "Building Permit Number" or "Street Address."
- Click "Submit."
- Click on the appropriate "Group Number" for the project.
Click on the printer icon in the top left section of the page. If you have problems while attempting to print, contact the Development Services Customer Service Center at 919-996-2500.
Approval to occupy building.
Approvals or Permits Issued
Certificates of Occupancy
Key Steps in the Process
None, this is obtained after final inspection is approved.
Expected Processing Time
The Certificate of Occupancy is available at 9 a.m. the next business day after all inspections have been approved. Same-day processing of a Certificate of Occupancy is available for a fee of $10.
- $10 for same-day processing, otherwise, none.
- The Development Services Customer Service Center processes payments.
- Payment types include cash, MasterCard, Visa or check made payable to the City of Raleigh.