Occupancy Permits

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The Division of Building and Code Enforcement manages the building permit process, the occupancy permit program and the inspections associated with each.

Occupancy Permits

An occupancy permit is required at any change of ownership or representation of ownership, change of tenancy or construction activity. Occupancy permits are not transferable.

It is the responsibility of any person, owner, corporation or agent to not occupy or permit the occupancy of any commercial or residential premise or structure in the city without first obtaining an inspection and certificate of occupancy. The term "occupancy" includes the movement of furniture, equipment or other property into the premise or structure.

Residential Single-Family Permit Process
  • A residential occupancy permit is a two part process: to get the occupancy permit, the structure must pass a Maryland Heights building inspection.
  • Includes single-family homes, duplexes, and condos.
  • Inspection fee is $75 and includes up to 2 re-inspections. 
  • The City has no preference for which party applies for the inspection.
    • The applicant may be the owner, buyer, tenant, or agent and he/she will receive a fixed inspection time at the time of scheduling.
    • Someone must be present during the inspection; lock box entry is not allowed by City policy.
      • If this person is not the applicant or owner, they must be listed as an authorized representative on the inspection application form.
    • The inspection includes both the interior and exterior of the structure and normally takes less than an hour.
    • If there are any violations, the inspector will leave a Field Correction Notice listing these violations. Violations must be corrected and a reinspection performed.
  • The occupancy permit must be applied for in person by one adult member of the household. 
    • Occupancy permits may be applied for prior to the inspection, but are only released once the property passes inspection. 
    • When applying for the occupancy permit, you must present: 
      • A photo ID
      • A copy of the home rental, lease or purchase agreement.
    • There is NO fee for this application.
    • In special cases, the building commissioner may grant temporary occupancy permits. This is up to his discretion. For these requests, please contact Paul Garlock at (314) 738-2241 or pgarlock@marylandheights.com. Download Temporary Residential Occupancy Permit here.

Commercial Structure Permit Process

Applicants should apply for a commercial occupancy permit by submitting the Commercial Occupancy Permit Application.

  • Tenants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure adequate time to address zoning or inspection issues prior to the desired move-in date. 
  • Application must be made a minimum of 10 business days before a tenant intends to move into a space, unless work requiring a building permit is proposed, in which case application is required in conjunction with the building permit application.
  • The fee for inspection is $5 per 1,000 square feet with a minimum of $100; two re-inspections are included.
  • Both the interior and exterior of the building will be inspected.
    • If any violations are found, the inspector will leave a Field Correction Notice listing these violations, and a re-inspection must be performed once they are corrected. 
  • When the noted violations/deficiencies are corrected and the inspection is passed, an occupancy permit and business license will be mailed to the applicant.
  • The applicant must contact the City Clerk's office for a Business License.
  • In special cases, the building commissioner may grant temporary occupancy permits. This is up to his discretion. For these requests, please contact Paul Garlock at (314) 738-2241 or pgarlock@marylandheights.com. Download Temporary Commercial Occupancy Permit here.

Residential Multi-Family Structure (New)

An occupancy permit is automatically issued, free of charge, upon the successful completion of all inspections.

  • The apartment complex's manager arranges and pays for the inspection.
  • In most cases, occupancy permits are released to the complex, not the individual tenant.

Residential Multi-Family Structure (Existing)

  • All apartments must be inspected at change of occupancy.
  • All complexes must be inspected at change of ownership.
  • Owners and managers must make each unit available for inspection before the unit is occupied.
  • The Building Commissioner will ensure all inspections are completed.
  • The cost of inspection is $60 per unit. The fee includes two reinspections. Additional inspections are performed at an additional cost.

 

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