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Change of Use

What is a Change of Use permit?

A Change of Use is a change in the purpose or level of activity within a building that involves a change in application of the requirements of the International Existing Building code, the Fire Code, or the Zoning Ordinance. The definition shall also apply to the usage of the surrounding site and access to and from the building, structure or site, as necessary to achieve the purpose of this code, and to obtain compliance with other codes and ordinances, such as the Fire Code and the Zoning Ordinance.

Why is a Change of Use permit required?

When the use of a space changes, the risk factors and neighborhood impacts associated with the space can also change. Alterations to the existing building/space may be required to meet the building code requirements for the new use. Alterations to the existing building and site may be required to meet the Zoning Ordinance requirements for the new use. The Change of Use permit process helps identify those requirements.

What documents are required for paper submission?

Two (2) complete sets of plans. A complete set of plans includes:

  • A site plan, drawn to scale.
  • One (1) additional site plan on either Letter (8.5” x 11”) or Legal (8.5” x 14”)
  • A utility site plan, drawn to scale. (Utility site plan requirements reference.)
  • An existing Plumbing plan if no changes are to be made.
  • Building floor plan, drawn to scale, showing the existing space and any proposed alterations.
  • A bike rack (must indicate location of required bike rack on site plan).
  • A Use Verification form.
  • A Change Of Use/Commercial Remodel Form.
  • Mechanical plans if changes to the heating, ventilation or air conditioning system will be made.
  • Electrical plans if changes to the electrical system will be made.
  • Plumbing plans if changes to the plumbing system will be made.
  • Energy code compliance documents if alterations to the building envelope, lighting or mechanical system will be made.

For online submissions only One (1) set of the documents required above need be submitted.

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