Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for all new businesses, a change in use, a change in business name, or a change in owner for a single space, tenant, or building. No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the building official has issued a certificate of occupancy. Use the commercial permit application if any portion of the commercial space is going to be altered (structural, electric, plumbing, or mechanical). The Commercial Permit Application will include a certificate of occupancy once work is complete and the final inspection is approved. 

When you are ready to submit your Certificate of Occupancy packet and associated documents, please email all documents to [email protected] or you can bring a paper copy to the Development Services Center at 401 N Elm St. Denton, TX 76201. Please contact us with any questions at (940) 349-8600 or send us an email.

Submittal Requirements

Submittal requirements for a Certificate of Occupancy:

  • Certificate of Occupancy Application
  • Site plan of property showing the parking lot(s) and all connecting streets
  • Floor plan
  • Letter of Intent
  • Sales Tax ID (if applicable)
  • If multi-tenant: A list of all suite numbers, business names, and square feet
  • If new Food Establishment: Submit menu of new food establishment and expected number of employees on the largest shift

Inspection Required

  • Building
  • Fire
  • Grease Interceptor Inspection (if applicable)
  • Health (if applicable)
  • Survey Verification (if applicable)
  • Zoning Enforcement


  • $75 per building/tenant space
  • $96 for temporary power, if applicable
  • Failed Fire inspections will result in a $50 re-inspection fee