An official Certificate of Occupancy (or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) must be issued by the Building Official prior to occupancy of any new building or building space (or addition to a building/building space) constructed under a valid building permit issued by the City of Lawrence Planning & Development Services Department/Building Safety Division. This includes both residential 1 & 2 family construction projects and “commercial” construction projects (commercial construction projects include permits for other than one- and two-family construction projects, including multi-family residential buildings with three or more units).

Except for minor remodeling projects, a Certificate of Occupancy (or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) is also required prior to occupancy of any reconfigured or substantially altered/remodeled commercial building or building space, and for any change in the Building Code use/occupancy classification of an existing commercial building or building space (“Change of Occupancy”). A Certificate of Occupancy is generally not required for 1 & 2 family residential alteration, remodeling or repair projects.