Dealing with city government - getting a certificate of occupancy
March 27, 2014 10:58 AM Subscribe
Dealing with city government - getting a certificate of occupancy. I don't know where else to turn for strategies or information, so thanks for reading. I'll try to make this concise:
-Did large house renovation/addition - all went well. We love it and the process was very smooth.
-Financed the project with a construction loan. The bank will give us the final two disbursements once we produce the certificate of occupancy. Note that these last two disbursements are equivalent to 20% of the borrowed amount, in this case $64,000. Not to mention that I should get a C of O regardless once a project like this has been completed.
-To get a C of O the town requires a number of inspections and a set of as built site drawings.
-The town has all of the above. With the exception of a memo from the engineering department that says the drainage system was inspected (which it was).
-This memo is issued from a guy in engineering after he speaks with the inspector
-I've called him multiple times, my contractor has spoken with him as has my architect but no resolution. He has only said he'd speak with the guy who did the actual drainage inspection.
What do I do? Not only can I not get a response from him, there is no way for me to know the status of this missing memo. As far as I can tell I have no leverage. The inspector who issues the C of O has no control over the guy in engineering (a flaw in the system as I have learned).
Any thoughts on how I might get this resolved would be appreciated.