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Certificate of Occupancy Checklist
Releasing of Certificate of Occupancies
This policy is intended to cover the requirements of the Allen Fire Marshal's Office only.  It is the responsibility of the business or contractor to comply with and obtain inspections from the appropriate departments of the City of Allen (i.e. Health, Engineering, Building, Parks and Recreation).

It is the policy of the City of Allen’s Fire Marshal’s Office to inspect all new businesses for compliance with the fire code prior to the issuance of a CO.  For the purpose of the document, a “new business” is defined as any business required by the City of Allen Building Department to obtain a CO.

The Fire Marshal’s Office will inspect all new businesses for compliance with fire code.

The Fire Marshal’s Office will NOT release a CO until all fire department issues found during the FD’s initial and any follow-up inspections are satisfied.

Due to the fact that the Fire Marshal’s Office Commercial Final inspection is used to determine compliance with fire code, life/safety code and fire fighting and property conservation operations, the Fire Marshal’s Office WILL NOT under any circumstances authorize the release of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.

All System Inspections (i.e. Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm, Hood Suppression), where applicable, must be completed without outstanding issues prior to the scheduling of a Fire Department Commercial Final Inspection.

To schedule a FD Commercial Final Inspection, an FD Commercial Final Inspection Request form shall be completed and provided via fax, mail, email, or other appropriate means to the Allen Fire Marshal’s Office.  Once all other required inspections have been approved a Fire Department inspector will contact the sender to schedule an appointment to meet at the business location.  All Fire final inspections and re-inspections shall be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  It is the responsibility of the business/contractor representative to request all Fire final inspections.

FD Commercial Final Inspection/re-inspection fees will be accessed according to Sec 105.8.3 Permit Re-Inspection Fees, of the locally adopted fire code.  All fees must be paid prior to scheduling follow-up inspections.

The Fire Department Commercial Final Inspection must be scheduled through the Fire Marshal’s Office before scheduling the Building Department’s Final Building Inspection.

All businesses are responsible and required by law to maintain fire code related issues at all times.

Conducting business without a valid CO is a violation of City Ordinance.  Failure to comply will result in the closure of the business and a citation issued requiring an appearance in court.  Each day of non-compliance is a separate offense.

If you have any questions please contact the Allen Fire Marshal's Office at 214.509.4400.

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