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(a) For New Uses. After completion of the whole building or structure, and upon the sworn application by the owner or his duly authorized agent, setting forth such facts as the Zoning Official may require, and after actual inspection of the premises by the Zoning Official, he shall, upon finding the facts to be as represented, issue in duplicate an occupancy permit, certifying that the premises comply with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, and may be used for the purposes set forth in the permit, which purposes shall conform with the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. No change of use shall be made in any building, structure or premises, or premises now or hereafter erected or altered that is not consistent with the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. Any person desiring to change the use of his premises shall apply to the Zoning Official for an occupancy permit, setting forth such facts as may be required.
A copy of the occupancy permit shall be kept at all times upon the premises affected, and shall be displayed upon request made by any building inspector, City fireman or police officer. A record shall be kept of all occupancy permits issued, and the original applications therefor shall be kept on file in the same manner as applications for building permits. No owner, tenant or other person shall use or occupy any building or structure thereafter erected or altered, the use of which shall be changed after the passage of the Zoning Ordinance without first procuring an occupancy permit; provided that an occupancy permit once granted shall continue in effect so long as there is no change of use, regardless of change in the personnel or tenants or occupants.
(b) For Existing Uses. Upon written request from the owner, tenant or occupant, the Zoning Official, after inspection, shall issue an occupancy permit for an existing use legally existing at the time the Zoning Ordinance is made effective, certifying the extent and kind of use and whether any such existing use conforms with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance.
No change or extension of use, and no alterations shall be made in a nonconforming use or premises without an occupancy permit having first been issued by the Zoning Official stating that such change, extension or alteration is in conformity with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance.
(Ord. 58(72-73). Passed 11-21-73.)