Use & Occupancy
All new and resale homes and businesses in the Borough of Trappe require a valid “Use & Occupancy Certificate” to be in possession of the new property owner before the structure may be inhabited or used as a business.
The use must be approved as an allowed use in the zoning district and in order to make that determination a Zoning Use Application should be submitted with the U&O application.
A general checklist of items that will be looked at during Use & Occupancy inspections is available at Borough Hall and on our website.
PLEASE NOTE: If the person making application for a “Use & Occupancy Certificate” is not the current property owner, an “Owner’s Authorization” form bearing the property owner’s original signature must be included with the application. ONLY ORIGINAL SIGNATURES ACCEPTED – Forms that have anything other than the original signature of the property owner (i.e. faxed, e-mailed, or containing an e-signature) will be denied and returned for correction and re-submission.
Failure to complete the process necessary to obtain a “Use & Occupancy Certificate” prior to settlement/taking possession of the structure can potentially have negative outcome as follows: (1) fines will be issued in accordance with the current year’s Fee Schedule; and (2) being served with a Cease and Desist Order requiring evacuation of the premises until a valid Use & Occupancy Certificate has been issued.