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1303.03 BUILDING PLACARD AND CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY.
(a) (1) Change of Use. When the use or intended use of any existing building or structure is changed, it shall comply with the provisions of this Code and a new Certificate of Occupancy shall be required. Fees shall be paid according to Section 1303.03 (e).
(2) Change of Occupancy. When the occupancy of any existing commercial building or commercial structure is changed, it shall comply with the provisions of this Code and a new Certificate of Occupancy shall be required. Fees shall be paid according to Section 1303.03 (e).
(3) Change of Tenant/owner. When a tenant or owner of an existing commercial building or structure is changed, a new Occupancy Registration shall be required. Requests must be submitted on a form provided by the Building Department, approved by the Chief Building Official and the Public Service Director, and fees paid according to Section 1303.03 (e).
(b) Issuance. If, after final inspection, it is found that the building or structure complies with the approved plans, the Chief Building Official shall issue a Certificate of Occupancy which shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Ohio Building Code and Chapters 3781. and 3791. of the Revised Code.
(c) Conditional Certificate. A Conditional Certificate of Occupancy may be issued by the Building Official for the use of a portion or portions of a building or structure prior to the completion of the entire building or structure when unusual circumstances warrant, provided such portions may be occupied safely prior to full completion of the building or structure without endangering life or public welfare. A conditional Certificate of Occupancy shall also be issued when various zoning regulations such as landscaping, dumpster screening, etc., remain as open items to be completed. A time frame in which to achieve full Code compliance shall be established by the Chief Building Official, with concurrence of the contractor, property owner or their agent, to determine the duration of the conditional certificate. If two different compliance dates are established, the conditional certificate shall be initially issued for the earlier time frame and then re-issued at no additional cost for the longer period. Provisions of this section, paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4) apply both to initial and re-issue end date.
(1) Certificate extension. If full Code compliance cannot be achieved during the time limit noted, a request for an extension of the conditional permit must be received by the Building Department no later than forty-eight hours prior to the expiration date. Any newly determined Code violations discovered during an inspection shall automatically require an extension of the conditional permit to a newly negotiated compliance end date at no additional cost.
(2) Renewal. If Code violations still remain after the expiration of the first conditional certificate, a second, double fee, conditional Occupancy Certificate must be applied for within three working days, or the building is to be vacated until the second conditional certificate is issued.
(3) Limits. No more than two conditional occupancies shall be issued. All buildings not in compliance with the applicable codes at the end of the second certificate are to be vacated until a final occupancy is approved and all violations abated.
(4) Conditional occupancy fees for commercial buildings and/or businesses shall be two hundred dollars ($200.00).
(d) Posting. The Occupancy Placard, Certificate of Occupancy, or notifications shall be securely posted in a conspicuous place on the premises and shall not be removed except by the Building Official.
(e) Certificate of Occupancy Fee. A fee of sixty dollars ($60.00) for one, two and three family dwellings. A fee of one hundred and twenty-five dollars ($125.00) for new businesses and all other new buildings. (Ord. 011-2014. Passed 4-1-14.)