How do I get a certificate of occupancy? - Posted by Ron M (WA)
Posted by Ron M (WA) on August 16, 2003 at 15:06:50:
My dad purchased some property about 15 years ago that had a large 2-story pole barn on it. He added siding, and 3 12 ft automatic roll-up doors on cement bays to use for his business. He then added a 2nd story floor the entire length and width of the building (60’x120’) and put in a kitchen, master bedroom, master bath, living room, family room, main bath 2 offices and a full intercom system.
He did a real nice job, but didn’t bother getting a single permit for any of it. The property was appraised at $300,000 back in 1995 when his business needed to pay some taxes and he had to borrow against it. The loan balance is $150,000. As a commercial property, the property which also has a single wide mobile home on it would serve a contractor of small manufacturing facility quite well.
He hasn’t personally lived in the property since 1997, but has had it loaned out to a neighbor for their use as long as they maintain it. His monthly payment of $1,850 is killing him and he needs to get out of it.
He wants me to help him dispose of it, but says that he is concerned that because he didn’t do all the work with permits that he may not be able to transfer the title to the property. Is it true that because of the living/office facility in the upstairs portion of the building that he needs an occupancy permit?
Can anyone tell me how difficult it will be to get an occupancy permit for this property if one is required? Can anyone tell me the best way to go about getting the permit if it is required?
Thanks for all advice.
Ron M (WA)