Step 6: Move in!


As the construction and inspection process draws to a close, final review of the project will take place by the building inspector as well as any agencies that also verify that all the work has been done in compliance with building codes and other applicable regulations. In addition, your "final inspection" will be dependent upon certifications and inspections for all applicable permit elements, including but not limited to: fire suppression, well and wastewater, grading, drainage, and site stabilization from erosion and pollutant transport. 

Note: If the fire rebuilding project is constructed in a regulated special flood hazard area, an Elevation Certificate will be required prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy. An Elevation Certificate is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) form that certifies the elevation of a building located within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs).  Elevation Certificates are used to ensure the County's compliance to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that new and substantially improved buildings located within SFHAs are adequately elevated to reduce the risks of flooding. Please submit a completed Elevation Certificate to our Planning, Building and Environmental Services Department (PBES).

When all inspections and requirements are complete, “final approval” will be given to the building permit. You may not move in or occupy the building until you have received "final approval" from PBES Building Official.

Visit the OPC website to find the status of your permit, schedule an inspection, or for inspection results. See "How to check the status of your permit" (PDF) for step by step directions on how to check the status.


For residential single family dwellings, when all inspections and requirements are complete, your permit inspection card signed by the Napa County Building Official will serve as the certificate of occupancy and “final approval” for the building permit. 

For commercial buildings, after all work is approved, PBES will issue a “Certificate of Occupancy” signed by the Napa County Building Official to verify that you are officially ready to occupy the building.