A Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) is a document issued by the Building Division which certifies that a commercial space or newly constructed residential building has been inspected for compliance with the California Building Standards Code and local ordinances which govern construction and occupancy.
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes issues the Certificate of Occupancy to the space or building, and not to the specific business. Should a business vacate a space, and another business of the same use/occupancy takes possession of the space without making any modifications requiring a building permit, the existing CofO remains in effect.
When a commercial space is modified and a building permit is required, the city will conduct a record search to determine if a new Certificate of Occupancy must be issued. A new CofO is triggered when the use or area of the space is changed. If so, the new CofO will be issued when all of the work has passed a final building inspection. If no new CofO is required, the existing CofO on file will remain in effect.
Once a permit is issued, city Building Inspectors will perform the necessary inspections to confirm the space complies with the building codes for the proposed use and that no hazardous or substandard conditions exist.