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RE: BUILDING CODE: Certificate of Occupancy

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Bill Polhemus wrote:  "Wouldn't this fall under the Owner's responsibility?"

Seems like a legal rather than Engineering Question. Such matters can be passed on to tenants via a lease or rental agreement. Has that been reviewed? In California, this pass-thru is more likely for non-residential space.

Bill Cain, S.E.
Berkeley, CA

> Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:00:27 -0500
> From: bill(--nospam--at)
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: BUILDING CODE: Certificate of Occupancy
> A member of this list referred a friend of a friend to me for help on
> this issue.
> The client is a church that has set up shop in a small office park
> space. The previous occupant of the space was also a "storefront
> church," and they simply moved out, and the new church moved in.
> There were no changes made to the interior space by the new tenant.
> The city has "red tagged" the space, claiming they need to submit a full
> set of architectural and engineering drawings for approval in order to
> obtain a Certificate of Occupancy in accordance with the City of Houston
> Building Code (NOTE: CoH BC is based on IBC 2003).
> I have still to do a bit of research on this, but I am puzzled as to why
> the tenant is required to do this, if they did no interior alterations.
> Wouldn't this fall under the Owner's responsibility?
> Comments gratefully appreciated.
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