Certificate of Occupancy: What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
A Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) is a document required by the building code to operate a commercial business within the City of DeSoto. When a commercial structure is in compliance with all building, fire and health codes and the proposed business use is allowed by the zoning regulations, the building official is authorized to sign and issue a Certificate of Occupancy. Certificate of Occupancy applications are available on-line.

The Certificate of Occupancy must be posted in a prominent place on the premises and shall not be removed except by the building official. A new Certificate of Occupancy is required when ownership changes or a new business occupies the premises.

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1. Water Heaters in the Garage: If I have an existing electric or gas water heater in or accessible from the garage, must I raise it 18 inches above the floor level when it is replaced?
2. Common Homeowner Permits: What are some of the more common permits that homeowners should be concerned with?
3. Acquiring a Permit: How does one acquire a permit?
4. Inspections Required: When is a building inspection required?
5. Building Permits Required: Why does the City of DeSoto require building permits?
6. Construction Hours: What are the hours of work for construction?
7. Building Codes and Zoning: What is the difference between a building code and zoning?
8. Contractor Registration: Do I have to register as a contractor with the City of DeSoto?
9. Requesting a Building Inspection: How do I request a building inspection?
10. Building Codes Adopted: What building codes has the City of DeSoto adopted?
11. Certificate of Occupancy: What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
12. Certificate of Occupancy Inspections: What inspections are required for a Certificate of Occupancy?