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Commercial Change of Occupancy

A review or inspection any time a commercial location changes ownership with or without a change of use. This is in addition to any building permits for construction.

Required Forms & Documents

  • Application for Change of Occupancy (1 original signed): 5-page application package.
  • Building Floor Plan or Sketch (2 copies or sets): Existing AND Proposed Floor Plans, illustrating building layout with dimensions and preferably to scale, entrances/exits and door widths for exterior doors and restrooms. Label on all rooms/areas within the building with the proposed use. Floor plans may be hand drawn, but must accurately depict the existing and proposed use of the building/unit. It is important that any proposed changes on the proposed floor plan, including structural, plumbing, electrical and mechanical (AC) are shown. Please provide information on building permits submitted for those changes. NOTE: Change of Occupancy classification (change of use) must have information regarding the previous AND new occupancy classification, occupant load, show compliance with the Florida Building Code and Life Safety Regulations. Plans from a licensed design professional (architect/engineer) may be required if submitted information and plans are not sufficiently detailed.
  • Parking Lot Site Plan or Sketch (2 copies or sets)
  • Signed Lease or Property Owner Consent Letter (2 copies or sets)
  • Commercial Business Guide for Change of Occupancy Process.


At Time of Application
  • Zoning Review: $101

Note: Payments by check should be made payable to either "CCBCC" or Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. Payments are also accepted by Mastercard or Visa credit or debit cards.

Department Reviews

  • Intake/Sufficiency: A review of the application & its required documents to verify completeness for acceptance and payment of initial fees.
  • Building: Ensure that the proposed commercial structure will comply with the applicable accessibility requirements of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA). This may include internal and external accessibility requirements, as applicable.
  • Fire: Proposed commercial space shall comply with requirements per currently adopted Florida Fire Prevention Code.  As applicable to the particular occupancy, this may include proper fire rated tenant separation, extinguishment requirement, egress marking, emergency lighting, and other fire safety features accordingly.
  • Zoning: A review the proposed work for compliance with the land development regulations. This includes zoning, setbacks and any other regulations pertaining to the location and type of structure.

Typical Inspections

Inspection Type (IVR System Code):
  • Building Final (925): Made after all work is complete. Electrical, mechanical, plumbing, driveway and tree final inspections may be made prior to the building final inspection.
  • Electric Final (935): Made once power is connected to the building, all electrical work has been completed and all electrical trim is installed.
  • Fire Final (937)
  • Zoning Final (965)

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