Certificate of occupancy | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Certificate of occupancy


 

“Certificate of Occupancy” (C of O) inspections (also known as “Point-of-Sale” or POS inspections) are required by Ordinance 68-97 Section 1306.53 for all non-owner occupied 1 and 2-family rental properties, and all multi-family houses and apartment buildings that have been rented or leased in the past 24 months. Inspections are also required for properties sold under the Lakewood First Time Homebuyer Program. New businesses are required to have a C of O inspection per the Ohio Building Code Section 111. This inspection includes interior, exterior and yard areas including accessory buildings. Code violations cited must be corrected before the property can transfer ownership.

C of O inspections of owner occupied 1 & 2-family properties are NOT required by law and are completely voluntary.  Should an owner request one, an inspection will be conducted. Code violations cited must be corrected before the property can transfer ownership.

Applications are available online (below) or can be obtained in the Building Department. Applicants need to provide all required information on the form. Incomplete applications will be returned for resubmittal. Applications will be accepted at the front desk with payment and an inspection appointment will be scheduled. Inspection reports can take up to 10 days to complete.