A Certificate of Occupancy is required for any business to operate.
A direct application for a Certificate of Occupancy is made available to businesses that are not changing the use of their building or space that they intend to occupy and they are not doing any additions or remodeling that would otherwise require a building permit.
Once the application is made, the business is required to make an appointment with a Fire Inspector for a life safety inspection. They can call (859) 231-5668
If a change of use is occurring or remodeling is taking place then the business needs to apply for a building permit. They will be furnished a Certificate of Occupancy once all of the building permit conditions have been met.
To fill out and submit an application for a Certificate of Occupancy, go to lexingtonky.gov/permits
Need help through the permitting process? Visit Lexington's One-Stop Shop.