||Applications are available at the Certification Window at City Hall, Room 905. The filing fee is $120.
Certificates, if approved, are issued within five business days (not including date of filing, weekends or holidays) and held at the department's Certification Window. After seven days, certificates are mailed to the applicants.
If certification is denied, the contact person listed on the application will be notified. Any person whose application is denied may request that the Zoning Administrator reconsider his or her determination. If such a request for reconsideration is made, the Zoning Administrator shall review any additional information presented and shall have an on-site inspection of the property conducted, even if an on-site inspection was previously made. No on-site inspection shall be conducted without the prior written consent of the owner or the owner's agent. Within five business days after the request for reconsideration is made, the Zoning Administrator shall render a final decision which shall consist of either issuance of the certificate or issuance of a written statement setting forth the reasons for denial. The failure of the Zoning Administrator to act within five business days of the request for reconsideration shall be considered a waiver of the requirement for the issuance of a certificate.
A certificate does not authorize a property owner to expand a dwelling unit that is a nonconforming use. A nonconforming use is a use that was lawfully established in accordance with the zoning regulations in effect at the time of its establishment but is no longer allowed by the use regulations of the zoning district in which it is now located. A nonconforming use cannot be expanded without an administrative adjustment from the Zoning Administrator or a variation from the Zoning Board of Appeals.