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A. Purpose. The purpose of this section is to ensure that each new or expanded use of a structure or of a site without a structure, and each new structure or alteration of an existing structure, complies with all applicable provisions of this title. Certificates of occupancy also provide the city with a record of each new or expanded use of a structure or site.

B. Application of Certificates of Occupancy.

1. For use of new or expanded buildings. No buildings hereafter erected or enlarged shall be occupied, used or changed in use until a certificate of occupancy shall have been issued. Such certificates shall be applied for concurrently with the application for a building permit. A certificate of occupancy shall be issued only after such building or enlargement has been completed in conformity with the provisions of this title, with an approved site plan, if required, and when the proposed use conforms to this title and to any and all other required conditions. Any use legally occupying an existing building at the time this title becomes effective may be continued but shall not be changed, unless a certificate of occupancy for the new use shall have been issued by the city, if required by subsection (B)(2) of this section, after finding that such use conforms to this title and required conditions.

2. For use of existing buildings. In the event a change shall be made in the classification of occupancies or use of any existing building which would place the building in a different division of the same group of occupancy or in a different group of occupancies, such building shall be made to comply with the requirements of the city adopted building code, and such change in occupancy classification shall require a certificate of occupancy. A certificate of occupancy shall not be required solely for changes in use within the same division of the same group of occupancy defined by the Uniform Building Code, as adopted by the city.

3. Record. A record of all certificates of occupancy shall be kept on file with the community development department. (Ord. M-4402 § 3(B), 2023; Ord. M-3643, 2004)