Because With Rent Jiffy's Certificate of Occupancy offerings for multi-unit properties

you can obtain a Certificate of Occupancy easily and economically. In combination with our Rental Property License expediting you'll be renting legally but most importantly, in a Jiffy!

Certificate of Occupancy Search

Do you have an English Basement or a multi-unit property but are unsure whether there is a previous Certificate of Occupancy? Allow us to search DC and Federal records to determine if one has ever been issued. If one is found then all you need is a Change of Ownership. Easy Peasy!

Turnaround Time: 1-3 days

Cost: $50

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Change of Ownership

Change of Ownership Do you have a Certificate of Occupancy from a previous owner? Great! All you need is a quick Change of Ownership. We will prepare and file everything. A zoning inspection may be required prior to issuance if previous Certificate of Occupancy is older than 10 years. How easy is that?! Turnaround Time: 7-14 days

Cost: $400 + Filing/Issuance Fees

(For a building with total size of 5000sf or less $86.40, above 5000sf fee is based upon exact square footage)

Cost: $400

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Express Certificate of Occupancy

Perfect for the homeowner who has a row house with a converted basement but does not have a previous Certificate of Occupancy. Skip the plans and permitting and proceed right to inspection for approvals. Must meet current building code requirements to qualify. See code requirements by clicking here. Finally get licensed without the huge expense!

Turnaround Time: Typically 30 days

Cost: $1000

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Traditional Certificate of Occupancy

For those owners looking to covert their basements to a rental or property to multiple units or for those who were not approved thus the Express program. Includes architectural renderings, plans, permit expediting and inspections*. No It's not cheap but a legal rental equals more value and less headaches. Good news: It's A tax write off!

Turnaround Time: Typically 90 days

Cost: $4000*

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Have Some Questions?

 
What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
The purpose of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is to ensure that the use of building, structure or land in the District of Columbia conforms to the Zoning Regulations, DCMR Title 11, and to the provisions of the DC Building Code, DCMR Title 12A. In most cases, no person is permitted to use a building, structure or land in the District of Columbia for any purpose, other than a single family dwelling, until a valid C of O for that use has been issued by DCRA.
 
What is an Express Certificate of Occupancy?
An express COO is a fast tracked Certificate of Occupancy and is strictly for those properties that have already been converted but do not have a COO. Under the traditional process, one would need to have Architectural renderings drawn for the property, a variety of inspections and different stages of construction, as well as go thru a 90-120 day waiting period. With an Express COO you would potentially acquire a COO thru a modified program which would not require architectural renderings of the property and only one inspection. However, the property must adhere to the same requirements as any other property. Most applicants have their COO’s in as little as 4 weeks. The cost for an Express is significantly cheaper. Most would pay over $5000 with plans for a traditional Certificate of Occupancy but with an Express the total fee $1000 and includes all Filing and Issuance fees. (Do note this fee DOES NOT include the Rental Property License)
 
What are the requirements for a Certificate of Occupancy?
First, the property must comply with zoning. If your property is not zoned for multiple units (english basements included) then you would need to seek the approval of the BZA before you could apply for a COO. Your property must be in one of the following Zoning Districts to allow for multiple units without a variance from the BZA: C-2-A, C-2-B, C-2-C, C-3-A, C-3-C, R4, R-5-A, R-5-B, R-5-C, R-5-D, R-5-E, SP1, SP2. If you are unsure of your zoning code you may use the DCRA Website to search by your property address to determine your zoning code.

Second, the property must comply with certain building code requirements in oder to be approved for a Certificate of Occupancy.
 
Do I need a Rental Property License as well as a Certificate of Occupancy to rent units?
Yes, you are required by law to have both. Once you have a Certificate of Occupancy you can make application for Rental Property License. However, we do recommend applying for both at the same time with us as we can combine the inspections for both at the same time versus having to do two separate inspections and taking longer.