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Certificate of Occupancy Permit

A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any new building can be occupied or before an existing building can be used for a new purpose.  This applies whenever a new business goes into an existing or new structure or there is a change of business owner.

1. Make appointment to meet with the City Planner to check zoning and signage. 

  • City Planner:  Breanna Shell
  • Department: Planning and Development
  • Phone: 304.696.4438
  • Email: shellb@cityofhuntington.com
  • Location:  City Hall, Main Floor, Room 2

2. Obtain and complete the City of Huntington Building Permit application.

  • Type of Permit:  Mark Occupancy Certificate and check either New Business or Existing Business.  Fill in owner and address information. 
  • Description of Work: Complete if doing work prior to opening.
  • Certificate of Use and Occupancy:  Fill in the Business Information.
  • Other Permits:  Mark other permits that you may need for your new business.
  • Total Cost of Labor and Materials:  Provide the cost of the project. 

3. Submit the application to the Inspections and Permits Division.

  • Location:  City Hall, Room 1

4. Pay for the Certificate of Occupancy in Business and Licensing.

  • Location:  City Hall, Main Floor, Room 20
  • The cost of the Certificate of Occupancy permit is $75.00. 

5. Make appointments with each of the Inspectors (the Business Services Advocate or Permit Technician can schedule the inspections for you).  The Inspectors will inspect the building in accordance to the 2012 International Building Code to determine if the structure meets the appropriate codes for the intended use. 

6. Upon completion of the inspections, a representative from Business and Licensing will contact you to pick up your Certificate of Occupancy. 

  • B&O and Licensing Specialist:  Becky Bartlett
  • Phone:  304.696.5969
  • Emailbartlettb@cityofhuntington.com
  • Location:  City Hall, Main Floor, Room 20

7. After you have received your Certificate of Occupancy, you may apply for your Municipal Business License. You will need to bring your WV Business Registration Certificate (other documents may be required).

8. You will be able to open for business once you have obtained a Municipal Business License.