A temporary occupancy permit is required to occupy a building or a portion of a building before the building is completed. Under the California Building Code, temporary occupancy of a residential or commercial building that has not been completed may be approved if the chief building official can make the finding that no substantial life, safety or health hazards exist by allowing occupancy of the building. Prior to approving a temporary occupancy permit, Permit Sonoma staff will verify that all required approvals, including but not limited to, zoning, well and septic, sewer and water, encroachment and fire are obtained. A Permit Sonoma building inspector will inspect the building to verify that it is safe for occupancy. Additional work or corrections to existing work may be required before temporary occupancy is approved. In no case shall the building be occupied until the building inspector has granted approval.