Phased Occupancy and Construction Best Practices

This document stems from a request by Contractors and Developers who would like to have a better understanding about how to deal with commercial projects being phased in a strategic delivery process.  This is only used as a guide and is especially important for larger projects.  The primary interest is in understanding the conditions of phasing, the conditions of the project, the permitting process, the inspections process, the documentation needed for life safety, and health concerns necessary for a successful Certificated Occupancy (CO) or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for those designated areas.

As a reminder, these steps are only for Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement (Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical).  For all other associated agencies involved with the project, it is necessary for you to contact them directly to determine how to meet their ordinances and policies in order for them to release their holds at the time of CO and TCO for the phasing strategy.

Below are the best practices that have shown positive results for the project time-line and meet the expectations of the customer.

Key points to consider and understand when developing a phasing plan for a project