Occupancy Permits

Find out when you need an Occupancy Permit and how to apply.

An Occupancy Permit is required when a business is operating from a commercial or industrial location. Additional permitting may be required depending on the space that you are moving in to. For instance if you are adding walls, adding electrical and plumbing; a building permit, electrical permit and a plumbing permit will need to be applied for. If work is being done outside of this location, a business license will also be required.

Example: A plumbing company will have an occupancy permit for operating from location, and a business license for doing service work throughout the city.

You will need an Occupancy Permit if you are:

  • Developing a new commercial, industrial or residential building
  • Developing an addition to an existing building
  • Changing the use of an existing building
  • Increasing the occupant load in an existing building
  • Changing a floor plan if the change affects any safety codes
  • Changing the owner or tenant

To apply for an occupancy permit you will need:

Here are a couple things to keep in mind:

  • For a change of tenant or owner, you’ll need to submit an occupancy permit application at least 10 days before the new tenant or owner moves in.
  • The City will only issue an occupancy permit once all inspections are completed and all deficiencies are addressed to the satisfaction of the Safety Codes Officer.
  • An occupancy permit application is mandatory when a building permit application is made.

For more information, call Inspections & Licensing at 403-342-8190 or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.