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Certificate of Occupancy


In accordance with the Town of Hampton, Zoning Ordinance and Building Codes, Article XII Certificate of Occupancy, states:

g Ordinance and Building Codes, Article XII Certificate of Occupancy, states:

12.1     Existing Units:  “No home, apartment, tenement, dwelling unit, hotel/motel unit, or other residential premises shall be let, rented, leased or otherwise occupied for residential purposes unless a Certificate of Rental Occupancy per 12.1.1 has been issued by the Hampton Building Department to the owner of record of that property. All residential units without a year round Certificate of Rental Occupancy may be used on a year round basis only by the owner of record, meaning to be that person or entity who is the title holder as recorded by the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds”.

A Rental Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained by calling the Building Department and requesting a Certificate of Rental Occupancy inspection. The Building Inspector will conduct an inspection of the property, fill out any code violations on theCorrective Action Form and give you a copy. When repairs are made, you must call for a re-inspection. Upon passing the inspection, a Certificate of Rental Occupancy will be issued upon the payment of the appropriate fee.




BUILDING ADDRESS:_________________________________________________

Property Owner:________________________________________________________

Mailing Address:_______________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:________________________________________________________

Phone Number:___________________________

Application for: ___ Year Round ___ Seasonal (5/1 to 10/15)


1. GFCI (Ground fault circuit interrupter) receptacles in bathroom and kitchen sink area.
2. A switch controlled light at all stairways.
3. All rooms must have a switch controlled light or receptacle.
4. One hardwired smoke detector in common area, on each level – Carbon Monoxide detectors are required, one on each level for all units having solid fuel burning appliances.
5. All electrical service components must be accessible and in safe working order.
6. Adequate guard and handrails on all interior and exterior stairways.
7. Egress window or exterior door in each habitable bedroom. Second egress required in all habitable rooms.
8. All habitable rooms must be able to maintain a minimum average of 65 degrees.
9. All heating equipment must be properly installed.
10. All plumbing fixtures must be in proper working order, with recognized methods for venting and drainage.
11. Anti-scald shower head.
12. All year round structures to comply with NH energy codes.
13. Street address/unit number located on exterior of building, clearly visible from the street. (Minimum of 3” characters)
14. Occupancy Load determination.


1. GFCI – Ground fault circuit interrupter
2. Switch controlled receptacle or light – The switch must be located adjacent to the point of entry to the room being served. The receptacle or light may be located at any point in the room. On stairways, a three way switching arrangement must be utilized
3. Hardwired smoke detector – A smoke detector permanently wired into a 120 volt circuit. This unit is also required to have n internal battery back up.
4. Electrical service components – Electrical panels and service disconnect switches.
5. Guard and handrail system – All components must be in satisfactory condition to withstand imposed loading.
6. Egress windows – An outside window or door, operable from the inside without the use of tools, keys or special effort and providing a clear opening of not less than 20 inches in width 24 inches in height and 5.7 sq. ft. in area. The bottom of the opening shall not be more than 44 inches above the floor. NFPA Section 21.2 (National Fire Protection Agency)
7. Habitable bedroom – Any room used for sleeping purposes with a minimum of 90 square feet with no length or width dimension less than 7 feet.
8. Habitable room – Any room occupied within a dwelling unit.
9. Heating equipment – All heating equipment must be properly installed and recognized as suitable for space heating.
10. Plumbing fixtures – All fixtures connected to the supply and waste system for the structure.
11. NH Energy Code – The following requirements of this code must be met for year round occupancy.
• R-30 insulation in the ceiling
• R-19 insulation in the walls.
• R-19 insulation in ceiling of crawlspace or basement
• Fully operable storm windows