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(A) Required. After development, but prior to occupying a new structure, using land in a different intensity than before, or occupying an existing structure, parcel, or property with a new type of use other than what previously existed, a certificate of occupancy must be obtained from the city. The certificate of occupancy is granted after an inspection and is intended to ensure local zoning compliance. It is intended to ensure that:
(1) After construction, the newly developed structure is the one which has been approved;
(2) Before occupancy, a new use is the same as the use which was approved; and
(3) Both structure and use comply with all zoning requirements and any conditions previously imposed.
(B) General procedural steps.
(1) Upon notification by the applicant to the Zoning Administrator that the structure and or use is ready for inspection, the Zoning Administrator:
(a) Shall contact applicant to establish a mutually agreed-upon date and time for inspection;
(b) Researches and reviews any known records relating to the site in question; and
(c) Inspects for compliance with zoning requirements and with any previous imposed conditions.
(2) Upon inspection, the Zoning Administrator takes one of the following actions:
(a) Issues the certificates of occupancy;
(b) Delays issuance subject to completion of alterations necessary to achieve full compliance and follow-up inspection; or
(c) Denies the certificate of occupancy in writing based on inspection findings of noncompliance with the chapter, and initiates enforcement action pursuant to chapter requirements.
(1993 Code, § 154.218) (Ord. 84-1, passed 1-3-1984)