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Certificate of Occupancy

About Certificates of Occupancy

Every new business, tenant, or building is required to have a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O). This certificate indicates that the building or tenant meets the minimum adopted building and fire codes. If a Certificate of Occupancy already exists for the same use, the new tenant may be eligible to use the Information Change Form process. This process does not result in a new C/O in your name, it allows like-for-like businesses to update the Fire Marshal’s Office records and obtain a Fire Inspection.

See the video on New Businesses Moving into an Existing Building:

https://www.cobbcounty.org/fire/fire-marshal/informational-videos

The Certificate of Occupancy process with the Fire Marshal’s Office starts by requesting a Plan Review Appointment and submitting plans through the portal.

 

Plan Review

Tenant Certificate of Occupancy Process (Existing Building with a New Business)

Certificate of Occupancy Process for the Fire Marshal: 

Follow steps outlined in Tenant Space Build-out link below to  submit for a Certificate of Occupancy. For plan submittal requirements see checklist provided under Submittal Checklist .

For an in-person review at one of our locations, when requesting a Plan Review Appointment for a new application add text in the job description field; If it is a re-review/revision add text to the NOTES section. You can also request to have a virtual meeting via zoom or teams or a phone call while your plans are reviewed.

 

Unincorporated Cobb:

1.) Submit to Cobb County Community Development

2.) Schedule a Plan Review Appointment, Submit all Documents (refer to submittal checklist below)

  • Video (Creating an account in MobileEyes)
  • Video (Submitting a Permit Application)

3.) Submit the approved/stamped plans back to Community Development

4.) After the permit is obtained, schedule inspections with our office through the online portal

 

City Limits of Acworth, Kennesaw, Powder Springs:

1.) Schedule a Plan Review Appointment, Submit all Documents (refer to submittal checklist below)

2.) Submit the approved/stamped plans to the city

3.) After the permit is obtained, schedule inspections with our office through online portal

Information Change Submittal / Sublease (Existing Certificate of Occupancy)

The Information Change process is only applicable when there is a valid Certificate of Occupancy for the same use.  To submit for consideration please submit the Information Change Form and all required documents to the Contractor Permit Portal.

Use our Contractor Permit Portal to submit an Information Change Form

Information Change Form

Sample Floor Plan

Sample Scope 

    • Video (Creating an account in MobileEyes)
    • Video (Submitting a Permit Application)

 

To determine if a  Certificate of Occupancy is already on file for your space, please use link provided below:

Online Forms

New Building and Building Addition Plan Submittal Process

Certificate of Occupancy Process for the Fire Marshal:

Use  the steps outlined below to submit your plans for review. Site plans are required to be approved before the building plans will be approved.  For plan submittal requirements see checklist provided under Submittal Checklist .

For an in-person review at one of our locations, when requesting a Plan Review Appointment for a new application add text in the job description field; If it is a re-review/revision add text to the NOTES section. You can also request to have a virtual meeting via zoom or teams or a phone call while your plans are reviewed.

 

Unincorporated Cobb:

1.) Submit to Cobb County Community Development

2.) Schedule a Plan Review Appointment, Submit all Documents (refer to submittal checklist below)

  • Video (Creating an account in MobileEyes)
  • Video (Submitting a Permit Application)

3.) Submit the approved/stamped plans back to Community Development

4.) After the permit is obtained, schedule inspections with our office through the online portal

 

City Limits of Acworth, Kennesaw, Powder Springs:

1.) Schedule a Plan Review Appointment, Submit all Documents (refer to submittal checklist below)

2.) Submit the approved/stamped plans to the city

3.) After the permit is obtained, schedule inspections with our office through online portal

 

Care Occupancy Procedures (Daycare, Personal Care Home, Community Living)

Site Plan Review

For a site development in the Cities please reach out to our office via email to fmoinspect@cobbcounty.org with a brief narrative explaining the project to obtain guidance on submittal.

For a new site development in Unincorporated Cobb that requires a Land Disturbance Permit please contact Site Plan Review at Community Development (770-528-2147). 

 

RESUBMITTAL/RE-REVIEW/REVISION

To initiate an initial plan review for City Projects to submit for re-review of your  County project, submit plans through the contractor portal link below:

 

https://www.cobbcounty.org/fire/fire-marshal/certificate-occupancy/submit-plan-review-appointment-request

Emergency Radio Responder Coverage System (ERRCS) Requirements

FMO Fees

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