Buying or Selling a Home
When buying or selling a home, the Building Department wants to help make sure that the property is safe and healthy for human habitation.
To this end, a Certificate of Approval is required on all houses being sold or transferred to another party prior to the closing of the residential sale.
The seller is required to complete and submit a Home Sale or Transfer Application (PDF) and pay a $180.00 fee.
- A housing Inspector will provide a code inspection of the home. To help make sure that the inspection is successful, review the Pre-Inspection Checklist (PDF).
- The dwelling's heating system must be tested and certified by a licensed contractor to be safe for use. A required form called a Furnace/Boiler Certification (PDF) must be filled out by the hired mechanical contractor and submitted to the building department before the final approval will be granted allowing occupancy.
- If the seller completes the inspection, a Certificate of Approval is issued that is good for six months.
- The buyer must submit a Roof Acceptance Letter (PDF) prior to closing stating that the purchaser is aware of the condition of the roof of the house he/she is purchasing and accepts it in "AS-IS" condition.
If the seller does not finish the inspection process, the buyer must purchase a Approval Letter To Close (PDF) for $40.00 that will allow the closing to transpire. Attached to the letter to close is a "Remaining Violations Disclosure Form" that must be returned to the Building Department along with the signed closing document. The buyer will then have sixty days from the closing date to perform the repairs.