Certificate of Occupancy

Certificate of Occupancy

The purpose of the Certificate of Occupancy is to certify the work completed under a permit complies with the Uniform Construction Code. Certificates of Occupancy are issued for new buildings/ structures, reconstructed buildings additions & change of use.  The application for a Certificate of occupancy or Temporary Certificate of occupancy can be accessed online ( Form UCC F 270) 

If you are requesting a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy complete the following steps :

A final inspection must be scheduled and inspected. Failed inspections from each sub code must be listed on the application with a date of completion request. The Construction Official will review and if acceptable approve the request. It is the responsibility of the applicant to call for a final inspection when work is complete or prior to the expiration date of the Temporary Certificate. If there is a justifiable reason the Construction Official has the discretion to extend the Temporary Certificate or not.



The Township of Mahwah does not require a Certificate of Continued Occupancy for a resale or tenant rental. However, the State of New Jersey requires, by Sections N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 and 4.9 of the New Jersey State Uniform Fire Code, a Smoke Detector Certification. This certification requires smoke detectors on every level, carbon monoxide detectors outside all bedrooms and a 2A:10B:C fire extinguisher  (See the Department of Fire Prevention for Fire Code compliance).