Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy

The City of Temecula requires a Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy (PDF) to be completed when:
  • A business changes ownership
  • A business changes locations
  • A business wants to open in a space (without any construction taking place)

Inspections


The Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy involves inspections from:
These inspections are for the health, safety, and welfare of business owners and the general public.

Doing Construction


If you will be doing construction, you must obtain a Building Permit (PDF). If you obtain a Building Permit, you will not need to obtain a Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy for your location.

Obtaining a Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy


Before you start the Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy process, you will need to do the following:
  1. Download the Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy Packet (PDF).
  2. Complete the Building Permit Application (PDF) that is included in the packet.
  3. Provide 2 copies of dimensioned floor plans (see the attached sample in the packet).
  4. Contact Eastern Municipal Water District (E.M.W.D.) at 951-928-3777, ext. 2081 and request a “sewer clearance for the City of Temecula.”
  5. Bring a form of payment (American Express is not accepted) to pay for the Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy and/or your Business License
  6. Go online to TemeculaCA.gov/CSS to register for an online account and submit your paperwork online.

After Permit Is Obtained


After you have obtained your permit, you will need to obtain the appropriate inspections and signatures that are listed in the Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy Packet (PDF). Please see the Non-Construction Certificate of Occupancy packet for detailed instructions.

More Information


If you have any questions, please contact a Community Development Technician at 951-694-6439.