Congratulations! You have made it through the rigorous City of Austin permitting process, conquered the challenges of construction, and now are ready to close out your project and begin utilizing your investment. The closeout process, however, is not an immediate action and this series of blog posts will help layout the major points involved in getting a Certificate of Occupancy for a project.
If you missed check out Parts 1 and 2 of this series:
CO vs. TCO
Posting Fiscal for Water Meters
Environmental Inspectors for the City of Austin do many things when it comes to inspections during construction. Several of the key inspections include: all water quality features (such as rain gardens and water quality ponds), re-vegetation of the site, installation of plants in rain gardens as specified by the landscape architect, drainage items, dewatering operations, number of a configuration of parking spots, accessible routes, and overall safety of the site.
When the items above are complete, the environmental inspector will require a signed and sealed concurrence letter from the Engineer before noting the project for CO in the online system.
A project can get a TCO through an environmental inspection however the site must have all water quality features complete and the engineer’s concurrence letter with a punch list for each item not complete on the site.