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What is a COO?:

Most builders and contractors understand the bottom line in their construction projects. That is, their projects need to pass inspection. Then, the Department of Building and Safety will grant their Certificate of Occupancy. It authorizes that a building is ready for habitation. However, the process is not that simple. There are many steps that must be taken, first. Primarily, they must prove the building is compliant with California’s Building Code. That is where HERS Raters come in.

What is the Process of Attaining a Certificate of Occupancy?

Builders must take three steps to gain final approval. First, the Certificate of Compliance verifies the plan-set meets energy efficiency standards. This is necessary to receive a building permit. Then, construction may begin. At this stage, it is time to inspect the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing installations. HERS Raters will test and report on the efficiency of all these systems. Typically, this should be completed before walls are put up. Once everything passes, the Rater can sign off on the Certificate of Installation. Next, the project must obtain a Certificate of Verification before the final inspection. The COV is the last document to authenticate construction. HERS Raters will perform final testing on the job site and enter their findings into an online database. This legally binding document ensures consistency between state codes and the actualization of the building plan. Now, it’s finally time to call for a final inspection!

Are There Penalties for Noncompliance?

So, what happens if someone opens a place of business without the Certificate of Occupancy? Or, what if they try to build a property anyways? Well, there are always consequences for breaking state law. It’s not usually a question of if, but when this issue is caught. The State may administer fines, lawsuits, liens, and/or legal charges. Places of business may be closed, and properties forced into demolition. One thing is for certain. That is, there will be no way to pass inspection or sell the property. A property undergoes serious scrutiny when being sold. Any legal issues will be found and freeze transactions from occurring. 

I Would Like to Receive a Certificate of Occupancy

In conclusion, we hope this article has been informative. If so, please subscribe to our blog. Presently, you should understand what all goes into passing inspection, behind the scenes. BarrierEnergy can take care of all reporting required by the State, from Certificate of Compliance to Certificate of Occupancy. Our HERS Raters inspect and report building energy efficiency. Do you work in Southern California’s construction industry? Check out a full list of the services we offer or learn more about us. Currently, we provide services in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County.

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