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A Certificate of Occupancy is required for any new business or change of ownership of an existing business. For the reoccupancy application follow this link:
The Re-Occupancy Application is used to request a commercial Certificate of Occupancy due to the following:
Change of Ownership of Business
Applications are reviewed by the Zoning Administrator to ensure the proposed use meets zoning district requirements. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Zoning Administrator to discuss and resolve any zoning issues or concerns prior to submitting application.
David Breneau, Zoning Administrator
Depending upon the type of proposed business, more than one inspector may be required to perform an inspection. Specialty inspectors include:
Sanitation (trash storage requirements)
Inspections are performed Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Application and inspection fees are based on square footage of proposed business space, or by number of units for multiple dwelling unit buildings. Payment shall be made by check, payable to CITY OF DEARBORN.
PREPARING FOR YOUR INSPECTION
Make sure all areas of the building space are accessible for inspectors.
Utilities must be connected and serviceable.
Abate insect and/or rodent infestations prior to inspection.
Ladder must be on site so inspectors can see all concealed equipment above drop ceilings and in attic areas. If the building has roof-top equipment, a ladder meeting OSHA standards must also be available so inspectors can gain access to the roof.
TO CANCEL OR RE-SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION
Call (313) 943-2120 to cancel an inspection. There is a $50 fee for cancelling/re-scheduling a scheduled inspection (unless more than one business day notice is provided).
A $50 fee will be charged if an inspector cannot gain entry for a scheduled inspection.
Inspection reports expire if the property is not approved for occupancy within 6 months of the original inspection.
Inspection reports are valid for the applicant and proposed business only.
Inspection reports indicate if a permit is required. Permits must be obtained by licensed contractors.
Permit application forms are available online at cityofdearborn.org and at the Dearborn Administrative Center. Call (313) 943-2442 for permit information.
A re-inspection is required to ensure that all noted violations have been corrected and all repairs have been made. Additional items may be noted during the re-inspection if they are health and/or safety related.
There is no charge for a re-inspection; however, a $50 fee will be charged if work is not complete and another inspection is required.
Call (313) 943-2120 to schedule a re-inspection.
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
A Certificate of Occupancy will be issued after a re-inspection has been performed and all noted violations have been corrected, required repairs have been made and all fees have been paid.
Fire suppression systems or alarms must be re-certified. (documentation required)
Certificates of Occupancy are prepared in the business name.
Conditional Occupancy may be allowed when required repairs cannot be made due to weather-related conditions. Conditional Occupancy will only be allowed if all health and safety items have been corrected and exterior property maintenance items have been addressed.
FAILURE TO COMPLY
Failure to comply with ordinance requirements is a misdemeanor and will result in enforcement measures.