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The current owner or landlord is responsible for arranging a housing inspection. After the unit has passed the inspection, the new tenant or owner completes the application for Residential Occupancy Permit and pays a $45 charge. The application must be completed and payment must be made before the permit certificate is issued. If you are financing the home purchase, most lenders will require you to have the occupancy permit prior to closing the loan.
You make a structural change in the building (e.g., you want to move a staircase).
You make a change to the light and/or ventilation (e.g., you want to make a window smaller or larger).
You want to change the ingress/egress of the unit (e.g., you want to close off a door to the outside).