[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Springfield 12-14-1994 as § 12-5 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No owner, agent or broker shall sell, transfer or grant with right of occupancy, whether or not for consideration, any dwelling unit or premises on which a building is located and used for human occupancy unless a certificate of occupancy is first obtained from the Construction Code Official.
No vacant land or building shall hereafter be occupied or used or changed in use or occupancy, except for agricultural purposes, until a certificate of occupancy has been issued.
The certificate of occupancy shall certify that the building and premises are in compliance with this chapter, zoning and all other ordinances of the Township.
The Construction Code Official may issue a temporary certificate of occupancy in appropriate cases and may, in such instances, grant up to 90 days to correct violations as revealed by inspection of the premises. Such temporary certificate of occupancy shall list clearly on the face thereof all violations and the time within which they must be corrected. Upon the expiration of the time granted to rectify violations, the Construction Code Official shall reinspect the premises. Failure to correct violations so listed within the time specified on the certificate of occupancy shall constitute a violation of this section.
A written application for a certificate of occupancy shall be filed with the enforcing agency by the owner or his/her agent either for the whole or part of a new building or for alteration of an existing building at the same time as the application for a building permit, or prior to any change in use or occupancy, as appropriate. The application shall include:
No certificate of occupancy shall be issued until the Construction Code Official and Zoning Officer have made such inspections as are necessary to determine whether the erection or alteration of the building or structure has been completed in conformity with the provisions of this chapter, Chapter 215, Zoning, and all other applicable ordinances and regulations, or that the proposed use or occupancy of land will conform to the provisions of this chapter, Chapter 215, Zoning, and all other applicable ordinances and regulations. It shall be the duty of the Construction Code Official and the Zoning Officer, upon request of the owner, to make inspection at any stage of the erection or alteration of a building or structure, for the purpose of determining whether such erection or alteration is being made in conformity with the building code and the provisions of this chapter, Chapter 215, Zoning, and all other applicable ordinances and regulations, but the failure of the Construction Code Official or the Zoning Officer to make any such inspection shall not in any manner entitle such owner to a certificate of occupancy if such erection or alteration when completed does not conform to the building code or the provisions of this chapter, Chapter 215, Zoning, and all other applicable ordinances and regulations.
The certificate of occupancy shall be issued or denied within 10 days from the date of inspection of the premises.