Certificate of Occupancy Permit

A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any new building can be occupied or 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.


 Certificate of Occupancy Application 


1. Contact or meet with a representative in the Planning and Zoning office to check the zone, discuss signage, and complete the Certificate of Occupancy application.

2. The Certificate of Occupancy application will be delivered to the Permit Technician for processing.

  • Department: Public Works  | Permit Technician: Kim Estep
  • Phone: (304) 696-5540 ext. 2003
  • Email: estepk@huntingtonwv.gov

3. Payment for Certificate of Occupancy in Business and Licensing.

  • The cost of the Certificate of Occupancy permit is $75.00. 
  • Payment:
    • In-person at City Hall in Room 103, 800 5th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701, and pay via cash or check or Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Please note that an additional 3.75% (minimum of $2.50) service fee will be applied to all credit card transactions.
    • By mail to City of Huntington Certificate of Occupancy PO Box 1659, Huntington, WV 25717 and pay via check. Make checks payable to "City of Huntington".

4. Schedule for Certificate of Occupancy Inspection. 

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

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

8. You can open for business once you have obtained a Huntington Business License.