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Development Review Guide

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Receive a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or a Letter of Completion

Your project will go through one last round of review and inspection prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Letter of Completion. For new buildings, a CO is required prior to occupying the building. In certain cases, other than single-family homes, a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) can be issued pending minor remaining items awaiting completion or where only portions of the building are complete. For alteration and projects which do not add significantly to the building space, a Letter of Completion is used.

Once construction is substantially complete, you schedule times with City Inspectors to do final reviews of approved plans and inspection of the completed work. Outside agencies also perform final inspections.

City Inspector Roles
Building - structure, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical finals
Engineering - curb, gutter, sidewalks, utilities (check for construction damage)
Stormwater - grading, floodplain, erosion, soil preparation
Water/Wastewater - backflow, meters
Zoning - parking, setbacks, landscaping

Non-City Inspectors
Poudre Fire Authority
Larimer County Health Department

Once the final inspections and reviews are performed and approved, you may request your Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of Completion. There are a number of documents you must submit as a final step for new construction.

Once all inspections and approvals are signed and all final paperwork is received, counter staff at the Development Review Center will issue and provide you with the Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of Completion.