Why occupancy permits & inspections are required, here’s how to apply:
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In order to get an occupancy permit for rental, you must provide a copy of a signed lease agreement.
What is an occupancy permit?
· An occupancy permit enforces the city's property maintenance code standards by requiring that an inspection be done to ensure that the house or apartment is safe for occupancy. The maintenance code standards not only protect residents' well being, but also protect financial investments and property values. Occupancy is illegal without an occupancy permit. Occupancy permits can be obtained only after a building inspection is complete. For further information on obtaining an occupancy permit contact the city clerk’s office at 314-355-0400 ext. 104 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Who needs an occupancy permit?
· Anyone who is moving into City of Black Jack must apply for and receive an occupancy permit before moving in.
How do you get an occupancy permit?
Applications are made in person at the City Administration's Window. There is a $50 charge for the application of all rental property and $20 for all owner occupied property, which is not refundable. The occupancy permit will not be issued until the city inspects the dwelling and it is found to be free of any health, safety and welfare issues. Pursuant to Ordinance 729, a conditional certificate of occupancy is not allowed unless it is for exterior seasonal repairs.
Who must obtain an inspection?
Anyone who plans to sell their home or who plans to rent out an apartment or home should make arrangements to have it inspected upon changing use or occupancy. Inspections can be arranged by calling the Receptionist at 314-355-0400 ext. 105. There is a charge of $100 for all occupancy inspections that include the initial inspection and 1st follow up inspection, $25 for 3rd and 4th inspection if needed..
What will the inspection cover?
· Housing inspectors check to ensure compliance with the current property maintenance code and the City‘s Code of Ordinances. These are minimum standards set to preserve the health, safety and general welfare of the public. All inspections are conducted by housing inspectors who are trained to inspect the electrical, plumbing and heating systems as well as general pre-existing building conditions.
What happens if the property doesn't pass inspection?
· If the property fails inspection, correction work will be required, the property owner is allowed 30 days to complete repairs on the building while residents live there and change of occupancy is not permitted during this time. If the work is completed within that time period, an occupancy permit will be issued to the resident. However, if work is not completed within the 30 days, the city will allow an additional 30 days and a 2nd inspection for $25.00 on each request;a conditional occupancy is not allowed. If residents occupy the property after being notified, the city can take legal action against the property owner and its occupants.