Occupancy Certificate of Code Compliance for Sale/Lease/Rental

What is an Occupancy Certificate of Code Compliance?  

An Occupancy Certificate of Code Compliance (sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Continued Occupancy) is an inspection of Residential and Commercial occupancies for the continuation of the Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Construction Official. Such inspection is required to be conducted at the time a Residential or Commercial property is sold, leased, or rented, or when a Commercial occupancy moves into a new space.

An Occupancy Certificate of Code Compliance is based on a visual inspection of the space and covers all building elements and life safety systems and devices (Fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, exit signs, emergency lights, and fire extinguishers). All life safety devices shall be tested and serviced annually by a state licensed contractor. A Certificate indicates that as a result of a general inspection of the visible parts of the building, none of the following have been found:

  • No work has been performed without construction permits
  • No unsafe structure exists
  • No violation of applicable codes have been found
  • The existing use of the building has not unlawfully existed
  • No violations of the approved site plan

Certificate Requirements  

  • No person, agency, corporation, partnership, firm, company, owner, real estate agent, broker or any other individual shall rent, lease, sell, occupy, transfer title of any dwelling, dwelling unit, commercial building or space, or property without first obtaining a Certificate of Code Compliance from the Department of Community Development
  • A real estate agent licensee who is involved in the sale of any property must obtain or ensure that the seller obtains a Certificate of Code Compliance from the Department of Community Development prior to the sale, transfer of ownership or occupancy
  • It is unlawful for any seller of any property or real estate licensee involved in a sale of any property to knowingly transfer or assist in the transfer of ownership in violation of this  Chapter 20 of Holmdel's Ordinance.

Occupancy Certificate for Residential Properties 

All Residential Properties that are rented or leased to a tenant must receive a Certificate of Code Compliance prior to the tenants occupying the space. 

Apply for a Residential Certificate of Code Compliance

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Occupancy Certificates for Commercial Properties

All Commercial premises, shopping centers, multifamily dwellings and buildings within the Township of Holmdel must comply with Chapter 20 of Holmdel's Ordinance


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