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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Furniture storage prior to TCO/CO not allowed

Furniture storage, furnishing of new buildings not allowed until TCO/CO

Early storage of furniture will not be allowed in new buildings prior to issuance of a TCO/CO. Florida Building Code states:

[A]111.1Use and occupancy.

A building or structure shall not be used or occupied, and a change in the existing use or occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall not be made, until the building official has issued a certificate of occupancy therefor as provided herein. Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction.

In cases where permission was granted to bring furniture into a building before CO was issued, it resulted in the furniture being set up, the home being decorated and then occupied before a TCO/CO was issued. When this occurs, it creates conditions which can be unsafe and difficult for the City to conduct inspections as required and allowed by state and local laws. 

When furniture or any other materials/items unrelated to the construction of the building are found to be stored on site, a stop work order will be issued until these items are removed. 

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