A Certificate of Occupancy, or CO, is a document issued by the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services' Community Risk Reduction Division, also known as the Fire Marshal's Office. The CO indicates that plans have been submitted, reviewed, and approved; appropriate permits have been issued; fire inspections have been completed; and the building or tenant space and related area is free of fire code deficiencies.
The Certificate of Occupancy for businesses in unincorporated Gwinnett County (not within a city limits) will be issued jointly by the Fire Marshal's Office and Planning and Development. The Fire CO within city limits will be issued by the Fire Marshal's Office upon completion of the final fire inspection.
When is a Certificate of Occupancy required?
Owners, their agents, or designees of all buildings, tenant spaces, and commercial sites, are required to submit plans and specifications of the project to Gwinnett County Fire Plan Review prior to obtaining the required fire permits.