Real Estate Term of the Day: Certificate of Occupancy

Real Estate Term of the Day: Certificate of Occupancy

CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (C/O) – a document issued but a local government to a developer permitting the structure to be occupied by members of the public.  Issuance of the certificate generally indicates that the building is in compliance with public health and building codes (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)

See also: Sequence of Inspections provided by the Douglas County Building Division

In residential real estate, Certificates of Occupancy are always required for new homes and new structures (e.g. garages).  They may be also be required for home additions.  Please refer to your local building division (both county & city) for rules on C/Os.  Below are the links to the local county building/development department offices in Metro Denver:


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