Continued Certificate of Occupancy

What is a Continued Certificate of Occupancy (CCO)?
The Township of Wayne requires a Continued Certificate of Occupancy for the sale and rental of certain residential units including, but not limited to, one or two-family homes, duplexes, townhouses and condominiums.  No residential premises may be changed in tenancy, use or ownership unless a Certificate of Continued Occupancy has been issued by the Enforcement Officer. (code reference: Section 100-1 through 100-6)

Timing
Upon submission of a CCO application, the CCO Enforcement Officer has 10 business days to either issue a certificate, provided that the inspections reveal that the residential premises complies with the requirements zoning and property maintenance ordinances, or, in the event of noncompliance, notify the applicant as to the reason(s) why the residential premises failed the inspection.  Please note that this 10-day clock starts once it is determined that there are no open permits on the residential unit.

Exception
If the change of tenancy, use or ownership is between immediate family members (spouse to spouse, parent to child, or sibling to sibling only), no CCO is required.  

Process
Continued Occupancy Application Form

Submit to the Building Department the completed CCO application form and the $100 fee. When you are handing in the application, the Building Department will check to see if there are any open permits on the residence (e.g., an open electrical permit, an open plumbing permit, an open building permit, etc.). If there are any open permits, the Building Department staff will schedule appointment(s) for inspections to enable open permits to be closed. After all open permits are closed, please call the CCO Enforcement Officer to arrange your CCO inspection. The number is 973-694-1800, x3220. The premises cannot be inspected for the CCO until open permits have been satisfied/closed.

If there are no open permits the CCO Enforcement Officer will call you to schedule the CCO inspection.

Once issued, a CCO is valid for 90 days.

Other Important Information

Separate from this process, you also need a CCO Fire Inspection. Contact the Fire Bureau at 973-694-1800, x3300 for information obtaining a CCO Fire Inspection.

CCO Enforcement Officer’s phone number: 973-694-1800, x3220

Upon receipt of purchaser's agreement and acceptance by Enforcement Officer, properties may close and/or be occupied without a CCO while violations are being abated. No such agreement shall exceed 90 days. The inspection of the residential premises shall include a determination that the residential premises conforms, in all respects, to the Zoning and Property Maintenance Ordinances of the Township. If the inspection reveals items such as, but not limited to, additions, attic or basement apartments, finished basements, garages, sheds or pools, second kitchens and/or decks, a determination must be made that the aforementioned were installed or constructed either with the required permits or by virtue of a grant of a variance.

 

Town Hall

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Wayne, NJ 07470
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Wayne, NJ 07470
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