How do I get a certificate of occupancy when I can't complete my landscape in the winter?
To pursue the option below please submit written request detailing why the site cannot be completed accompanied by 1-3 bids from licensed landscapers for review by the building official and planning. Please allow at least 10 business days for review.
15-1-13. COMPLETION OF SITE IMPROVEMENT WORK PRIOR TO THE APPROVAL OF PLATS OR ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY.
(C) GUARANTEE FOR COMPLETION. No Certificate of Occupancy will be issued, nor any plat approved when plats are required by this Code, unless the Building and all required Site or Public Improvements are completed, or the Developer has provided adequate security to Guarantee completion of the Site or Public Improvements. When the Site or Public Improvements and the Building cannot be completed simultaneously due to weather conditions or other factors beyond the control of the Developer, excluding financial inability to complete the project, the City may grant plat approval for recording and/or issue Certificates of Occupancy for the project, provided the following conditions are met:
(1) The Building or Buildings, or portions thereof, on the Property to be platted or occupied have been constructed in accordance with the approved plans for those Buildings, and are in full compliance with applicable Building and fire codes, and are completed to the extent that only exterior Site or Public Improvement work remains unfinished; and
(2) The Building Official determines that occupancy of the Buildings, or portions thereof, prior to completion of required Site or Public Improvements is safe and that Access for emergency vehicles is adequate with the Site or Public Improvements unfinished; and
(3) The Developer posts an adequate Guarantee for the benefit of the City to insure completion of the Site or Public Improvements in full compliance with the approved plans within one (1) year from the date of plat approval, if required, or issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy, whichever occurs first.
(D) AMOUNT OF GUARANTEE FOR SITE OR PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS. The amount of the Guarantee for Site or Public Improvements to be posted by the Developer, shall be equal to 125% of the amount reasonably estimated by the City Engineer, or his designee, as being necessary to complete remaining Site or Public Improvements as shown on the approved plans. In the event that the Developer disputes the City’s cost estimate, the Developer may prove a lower construction cost by providing binding contracts between the Developer and contractor or subcontractor appropriate to perform the required work as a stated, fixed price. These contracts must be supported by a 100% performance bond, insuring performance by the subcontractor or contractor. Bid proposals are not satisfactory for this purpose. If the contracts submitted are acceptable in form, the amount of security required shall be 125% of the total contract price of all such contracts submitted, plus the estimated reasonable cost of performing any work not covered by the contracts. Specifications in such contracts shall be sufficiently clear to identify the work called for under the contract.
What info do I need before I dig/excavate?
You need to know the color code for underground lines before you start to dig. The colors can be found by clicking the link below.