All businesses located within the boundaries of the Cottleville Fire Protection District are required to obtain an occupancy permit from the fire district prior to opening for business as required by Section 111.1 of the 2015 International Building Code as adopted by Ordinance No. 23 which states;
Section 111.1 Use and occupancy. No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made, until the building official has issued a certificate of occupancy therefore as provided herein. For the purpose of this code, occupancy shall be defined as utilization of a building or area for any other use or activity beyond construction. This shall include, but is not limited to: fixtures, furnishing, stock, merchandise, equipment, supplies, decorating, personal belongings or effects, training and all other uses as defined by the Fire Code Official. Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of a violation of the provisions of the codes or of the other ordinances of the Cottleville fire Protection District.
The fee for an occupancy permit is $70.00. (Download the Occupancy Permit Application)
Failure to obtain an occupancy permit through the Cottleville Fire Protection District will subject you to the following occupancy violation penalties as outlined by Section 111.5 which states;
Section 111.5 Occupancy violations. It shall be the duty of the person occupying premises subject to this section to secure an occupancy permit, but any owner of property shall not allow a tenant to occupy without compliance to this section. In the event that a person or entity should occupy premises requiring an occupancy permit without first securing an occupancy permit, they shall be subject to a fine of $500.00. Each day that they shall so occupy shall be subject to a separate fine in the amount of $500.00 and this shall continue until such time as the failure to secure an occupancy permit is remedied or the premises vacated. Such fine shall apply to both the tenant and the building owner who has allowed a tenant to occupy space without an occupancy permit but, in no event, will the total daily fine exceed $500.00 per day.
If the unauthorized occupancy is rectified within fourteen (14) days from the receipt of the violation the fire official has the option of reducing the fee to not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00). In order to be eligible for a fee reduction the following will be required.
1. An application for occupancy permit shall be applied for through this department and the fee required for said occupancy shall be paid within fourteen (14) days or receipt of the violation notice.
2. A payment of a one hundred dollars ($100.00) fee for occupancy without approval shall accompany the occupancy permit application. (So the total due would be $150.00)
3. An occupancy inspection shall be scheduled and approval for at least a temporary occupancy shall have been granted through this department also within the fourteen (14) day time frame.
If after a final and/or occupancy inspection was conducted by this department and approval for occupancy had not been granted but the unauthorized occupancy continues, the tenant and building owner will be subject to the maximum fine(s) as outlined in the first paragraph of this section.