A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is a document that indicates that a building or structure has met all the applicable building codes and is safe to occupy. A CO is usually issued by the local government, such as a city or county, after a final inspection of the building has been conducted.

It’s important to have a CO checklist because it assures that a building has been properly inspected and is safe for occupancy. A CO is also necessary for obtaining certain permits and for insurance purposes.