Commercial Re-Occupancy Guidelines

The re-occupancy review process is initiated by the building owner, tenant or their representative by completing a Commercial Re-Occupancy Application for Permit and providing a plan of the space and submitting the $150.00 processing fee to the City of Wheaton for our review.

Staff will perform a zoning and building review of the documents provided, we will then contact you to set up a time for us to walk through the space to perform an inspection. If during our inspection we have completed our review we can then provide you with a summary of our findings as well as a copy of the review comments. There are three possible summaries;

  1. Approved - Based on the information provided, reviews and inspections performed, the building and/or space is in compliance with codes, a Certificate of Use and Occupancy can be issued.
  2. Conditionally Approved - Based on the information provided, reviews and inspections performed the building and/or space will be in compliance with codes after all conditions/corrections listed on the Review and Summary Form are made, a new C.O. wouldn’t be issued. If applicable, a building permit is required when you change the use.
  3. Denied - Based on the information provided, reviews and inspections performed the building and/or space is significantly not in compliance with codes listed on the Review and Summary Form or the information submitted is insufficient. Additional or new information will need to be provided and/or a building permit may need to be issued if extensive repairs or changes are required.

The summary sheet will also inform you of any additional permits or licenses that may be required from other City departments and/or governmental agencies, for example; the sale of food will require both a city license as well as approval by the DuPage County Health Department. It is at this time that we will also inform you of programs or grants that may be of assistance to you.

The Emergency Notification Form that is included in this packet will be required to be completed and submitted with the permit. This information will be forwarded to the Police Department in the event that an emergency should occur on your premises and they need to either enter the building or notify you of the occurrence.

For new exterior signs see our Signs Guideline.

Revised 3/4/2020