An Occupancy Permit (PDF) is required from the City of Sunset Hills whenever occupancy is established or changed in a residential structure. This includes all homes, trailers, apartments, etc. The city is not specific as to who is required to obtain the permit, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the owner of the property. For property sales, this is a 1-step process for the entire transfer of the property from 1 owner to another. Sellers typically apply for the permit ahead of the sale in order to ensure that the home is ready to sell.
An Occupancy Inspection should not be confused with a professional home inspection. The city checks for cosmetic issues and does not insure such inspections for any use as a home warranty. The fee is a flat $25 and an application is good for up to 6 months. A permit has to be issued within that time frame or the application becomes invalid.
The process is simple and requires an application and fee to set up an inspection time with the City Inspector. Inspection times are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the inspection, any deficiencies are noted and the inspector prepares a report that is mailed to the property owner. The owner or applicant is responsible to call for any re-inspections required. Once there is an approved inspection, a permit is generated and mailed to the applicant unless there are other instructions given by the applicant, regarding the permit disposition.
The items checked in an occupancy inspection include:
Every dwelling unit shall be clean, sanitary and fit for human occupancy
Every foundation, floor, wall, ceiling and roof shall be structurally sound, reasonably weather tight, watertight, and rodent proof; shall be capable of affording privacy and shall be kept in good repair
Every window, exterior door and basement hatchway shall be reasonably weather tight, watertight and rodent proof, and shall be kept in satisfactory working condition and in good repair
Every inside and outside stair, porch and appurtenance thereto shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the load that normal use may cause to be placed thereon, and shall be kept in satisfactory condition and good repair
Every plumbing fixture, water and waste pipe and sanitary sewerage facility shall be properly installed and maintained in good sanitary working condition
Gutters, downspouts and other storm drainage facilities shall be properly installed and maintained in good working condition
Every water closet compartment floor surface and bathroom floor surface shall be constructed and maintained so as to be reasonably impervious to water so as to be kept in a clean, sanitary and dry condition
All equipment (including smoke detectors) and their appropriate supply systems, including gas, electricity, oil, water, wood or coal, shall be so constructed or installed that they will function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in satisfactory working condition
All stoves and fireplaces shall be so constructed or installed that they will be function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in satisfactory working condition
Any auxiliary structures, such as sheds, barns, garages, fences, retaining walls or other outbuildings, shall be constructed properly and maintained in a safe working condition. Any outbuilding found so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe or vermin-infested as to be a public nuisance shall be corrected or the structure removed
Any exterior painted surfaces, including fences, shall be finished. Surfaces which have peeled, scaled, deteriorated or failed to the extent of being unsightly shall be corrected
All trash, debris, weeds, abandoned vehicles or parts thereof shall be removed from the premises. In the case of new construction, landscaping shall be completed, and vegetation shall be established. If vegetation is not established, erosion control can be implemented with the approval of the city inspector. Occupancy can be granted via an occupancy agreement until the vegetation is established
All hard surface areas, including concrete, asphalt, brick or stone driveways and sidewalks, shall be free of large cracks, potholes and depressions
Anything relative to the property that exists in violation of any provisions of the building code of the city, the fire prevention code of the city or other ordinances of the city.