Information to Know When Leasing or Buying a Building

You will want to know the zoning and use of the building you are interested in leasing or purchasing. You may check for zoning here on the website under the GIS maps. The building owner or realtor should be able to tell you the classification of the building which will determine available usage. In addition, you can contact the Building Services Department for assistance. 


What questions should I ask before buying or leasing a property?

Does my dream fit my building?

What is the zoning classification?

What is the occupancy type/use?

What is the occupant load?

Is there enough required parking?

For buying, Is the property platted?

For buying, Has an asbestos survey or abatement been done?

Do I need to register as a new business with the city?

Yes, you will need to fill out the Certificate of Business Occupancy application and provide a detailed floor plan of operations. In this process, the city will verify the space you have is suitable for your business and meets fire code regulations. Please allow 10 days for the process.

Commercial Building Owners


Do I need a certificate of occupancy for my building?

Yes, a certificate of occupancy is required by the International Fire Code. You may apply for the certificate by completing the Certificate of Occupancy application and providing the documents listed on the application to the permit office.

How do I know who I can lease to?

Your certificate of occupancy will tell you the classification of your building. This will help determine the ways your building could be used by a potential tenant.

What should I know before I remodel a commercial building?

All commercial buildings must have an asbestos survey before remodeling.

Remodeling a commercial building can be more costly than you expect. Do your homework on the building codes. We recommend investing in hiring a designer/architect that knows the city codes this could save you money and time in the long run.