Business Owners

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) must be issued prior to occupancy of commercial-use property. A CO is required anytime there is a new business, tenant change, or ownership of a commercial space. A completed Certificate of Occupancy Permit Application (PDF) must be submitted with the required fees to Development Services located at 305 N. Arch St., Royse City, TX 75189. Fire and building inspections are then scheduled and must pass prior to issuance of the CO. Please see the below documents to help prepare you for your Fire CO Inspection.

Annual Fire Safety Inspections

Annually, fire inspectors inspect existing commercial buildings and structures to identify fire hazards and to ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met. Violations are documented and require reinspection to ensure compliance with code requirements. 

Due to licensing requirements, some businesses such as daycares, nursing homes, and hospitals are required to have an annual fire inspection. If your business is due for an inspection, please call 972.524.4819 or email to schedule.

Fire Watch

In the event that a building's fire protection system is deemed out of service, a fire watch will be ordered by the Fire Marshal's Office for all premises left unprotected by the shutdown until the fire protection system is returned to service. 

The Fire Watch Guidelines (PDF) and procedures shall be reviewed and filled out by the business owner and staff and the fire watch log and all forms (included in the Fire Watch Guidelines PDF) shall be returned to the Fire Marshal's Office at the termination of the fire watch.