OVERVIEW
BUILDING SAFETY INSPECTION
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY APPLICATION
A Certificate of Occupancy is required of all commercial establishments and must be applied for
prior to occupancy of the space. A new certificate is required in all such instances: a business
is relocated, occupancy type or use is changed, the name of a business is changed, or
ownership is changed. Ownership changes include selling the businesses to another sole
proprietor, selling the business to another franchisee, or selling the business to another
corporate entity, Certificates of Occupancy are not transferable from one person to
another or from one entity to another. It is highly recommended that each applicant contact
the Development Services Department to verify zoning prior to completing this application and
the required attachments.
Prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy, a Building Safety Inspection is required of the
premises you are registering and can be scheduled with a 48-hour notice upon receipt of your
application. The inspection is conducted by the Building Official and the Fire Marshal, and if
applicable, the Health Official. This inspection ensures that the current mechanical, electrical,
plumbing, building, property and health codes meet the minimum requirements set forth by the
International Code Council and provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.
The fee for the Building Safety Inspection is $200.00; $250.00 if you are registering a food/
beverage establishment sell/serve food and beverages.
All Applicants: The staff is required to determine that each business entity has the proper
documentation and zoning to conduct business in the city, county and state. To that end, each
sole proprietor or corporate entity will need to provide documentation with this application.
Every application must be accompanied with the following documents:
1. A
copy of the assumed name or DBA document issued by Bexar County
2. A copy of the notice from the State of Texas issuing the Texas Identificatio
n
Number (TIN)
3. A copy of the Sales and Use Tax Permit issued by the State
N
ote: The name on all the documents must be the same. If it is a corporate name and a
DBA, the documents should include both. For example, ABC Corporation: DBA XYZ
Store. The Texas Sales and Use Tax Permit must be for the business location in
Universal City.
I
n addition to the documents listed above, some professions are required to have licensing
through agencies of the State of Texas. The agencies can include, but are not limited to the
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the Texas Department of Health and Human
Services, and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, to name a few agencies. Applicants
must include a copy of the State issued licenses.
Food &
Beverage Establishments/Mobile Vendors: Any business or mobile vendor that
intends to sell or serve food, beverages, or alcohol beverages must complete the Food and
Beverage Application as well.
If you have any questions, please call the Development Services Department at (210) 659-
0333, Ext 723.
Rev
ised 11/27/2017
APPLICATION
BUILDING SAFETY INSPECTION
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY APPLICATION
The following is an application for Certificate of Occupancy. The fee for a certificate is $80.00. Certificates are
valid for the duration of the registered business.
Prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy, a Building Safety Inspection is required of the premises you are
registering and can be scheduled with a 48-hour notice upon receipt of your application. The inspection is
conducted by the Building Official, Fire Marshal, and, if applicable, the Health Official. This inspection ensures
that the current mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building, property, and health codes meet the minimum
requirements set forth by the International Code Council and provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
general public. The fee for the Building Safety Inspection is $200.00; $250.00 if you are registering a food/
beverage establishment. If you have any questions, please call the Development Services Department at (210)
659-0333.
You may mail this application(s), attachments, and the fee (payable to the City of Universal City) to the
Development Services Department, 2150 Universal City Boulevard, Universal City, Texas 78148 or deliver your
application to City Hall, 2150 Universal City Blvd., Universal City, Texas. A receipt and the original certificate will
be mailed to the store location in Universal City.
Please answer all of the following:
1. New Building ____ Existing Building ____ Square footage (floor area) ______ Construction Type __________________
No. of Bathrooms __________________
2. Address of Property to be occupied in Universal City _____________________________________________________
3.
N
ame of Owner __________________________________________________________________________________
Owner’s Email____________________________________________________________________________________
4.
O
wner’s home/Corporate address (in case of emergency) _________________________________________________
City _________________________________ State_______________ Zip Code _______________________
Home/Corporate Phone _____________________________ Alternate Phone _________________________________
5.
B
usiness Name __________________________________________________ Business Phone __________________
6.
P
roposed Use of Property/Type of Business ____________________________________________________________
7.
P
ast Use of Property ______________________________________________________________________________
8. Does property require any repairs or alterations? ____ Yes ___ No If YES, has building permit been issued? ________
9. Property MUST be inspected prior to occupancy of building (pre C of O Inspection). Requested date and time of
inspection ________________________________ A.M. ______ P.M. ______
10. Will you be installing or changing any signs on the premises? _____ Yes _____ No
11. I
understand that no signs will be installed or altered without first obtaining necessary sign regulations and permits.
12. Do you have an alarm at your business?
__
Yes __ No. If yes, what type (Indicate all that apply)
Fire Burglar Robbery.
13. Have you applied for your alarm permit(s)?
Yes No. If no, please apply for alarm permits at the Police
Department.
14. I understand and agree that the use of the property is limited to item #6 and no repairs, alterations, or remodeling will
begin without first obtaining necessary permits.
15. I understand that all utilities in the building, electrical, gas, and water must be on prior to the inspections being
scheduled. Additional permits and/or fees may be applicable in some instances.
16. I have attached copies of the required documentation and attachments as outlined in the Overview of Building Safety
Inspection/Certificate of Occupancy.
17. I understand that no Certificate of Occupancy shall be issued until such time that all required documentation has been
provided.
By signing this document, I hereby understand and verify, to the best of my ability, that all of the information
contained herein, and within the required attachments, is true and correct.
S
ignature of Owner* _________________________________________________ Date _____________________
*If the person signing this document is not the owner of the business/corporation, the owner of the business/corporation must provide a
letter, on company letterhead, naming the person(s) who are authorized to sign on behalf of the owner.
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FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Zoni
ng District_______ Permitted Use? ______ Conditional Use? _____ Existing Non-Conforming Use?______
Occupant Load _______ C of O # _________________ Electrical Compliance # ________________________
Building Dept Approval __________ Fire Dept Approval __________ Health Dept Approval __________
Date of Issuance __________________________________
Attachment Verification:
A copy of the assumed name or DBA document issued by Bexar County
A copy of the notice from the State of Texas issuing the Texas Identification Number (TIN)
A copy of the Sales and Use Tax Permit issued by the State
A copy of any State licensing
Food & Beverage License Application, if applicable
Other: ________________________________________________________
Revised 11/2017
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