Generally, anything that is considered to be a safety or sanitation requirement must be completed before occupancy of a new building will be granted. A Certificate of Occupancy is required to be issued by the Building Inspector before a building can be occupied legally.
Some of the items that must be complete before occupancy is granted include, but are not limited to the following:
• Approval of onsite wastewater system by the Miami County Environmental Health Department (Growth Area);
• Smoke detectors required by code installed and functioning;
• At least one fully functioning bathroom including a tub or shower, a lavatory and a water closer; any openings in the DWV system for additional fixtures shall be capped;
• A kitchen sink and cooking facilities;
• A water heater with a thermal expansion tank;
• At least one exit including landings, stairs, handrails and guardrails that fully comply with code requirements; additional exit doors do not have landing that are over 30 inches above the outside grade shall be blocked by approved guardrails or be locked by temporary double keyed deadbolts;
• Handrails on stairs with three or more risers and guardrails on porches, decks or similar platforms located 30 inches or more above adjacent surface;
• Required electrical receptacles, switches, lights, fixtures, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, and cover plates;
• Final approval of the electrical service, including grounding system;
• Required mechanical heating equipment shall be completed and approval received;
• Address posted;
• A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained until a full final approval of the residence is given.