Certificate of Occupancy


  • Written permission or authorization by a local government for an individual or individuals to live in or occupy a newly constructed or renovated building. This certificate is issued only after the building has been inspected to make sure it complies with local building codes.

Zoning bylaw.

notarized statement, valid permit, legal document


Alternate Spellings
COO, C of O

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    • An affidavit issued at a judicial or tax sale that entitles the buyer to the deed to the property purchased after court confirmation.
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    • A written document stating that the title to a piece of property is legally vested in the present owner.
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      Zoning bylaw.
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