The City of Tucson requires a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Performance Bond to be filed for commercial buildings that seek to begin use of the space while construction has not yet finished. The bond must be held by the certificate of occupancy holder, who may be the owner of the property or a hired contractor who is authorized to complete construction. Jet, through payment of the bond, ensures that any damages caused to the City of Tucson or any person damaged as through a violation of technical building codes will be reimbursed.
Applying for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond only takes a few minutes with Jet’s step-by-step application.
The cost of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond starts at $250 and varies based on the required bond limit. The limit shall be in an amount that would reimburse the City for carrying out the project as indicated in the permit. Personal credit also affects the cost of the bond.
When you choose Jet, you can rest easy knowing that Jet’s prices are not influenced by third parties like a broker would be. Jet Insurance Company’s bond quotes don’t include broker fees and commissions that middlemen add in to ensure they get their cut of the share.
The Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond is used when a commercial building still has construction work to be finished but the owner wants to begin some civilian activities, such as moving in, stocking products, setting up networks, and staff training. In some cases, full business operations can also be allowed, as long as construction and civilian activities are kept separate.
The bond helps ensure that construction will be suitably completed on the property so that the owner can obtain a permanent certificate of occupancy for the building purposes. The City regulates temporary occupancy to prevent extended construction projects going on during business operations that may be potentially dangerous.
When you apply for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond with Jet, you will go through Jet’s easy step-by-step application. The application asks basic information for the bond, as well as the commercial location, project number, bond limit, and a social security number to run a soft credit check. Once the application is complete, you will receive a quote with the approved rate. If you have a higher bond limit, an additional review from Jet may be required.
After you purchase your Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond, Jet will fill out the bond form and sign, seal, and notarize it. Then, the bond will be mailed to you to sign and submit to the City of Tucson.
The original bond can be mailed to:
Attn: Building Official
City of Tucson
Planning & Development Services
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210
No, the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond is needed for the time that the temporary certificate of occupancy is active. The certificate has a term of 30 days at a time and can be maintained for more than one term.
The Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond must be active for 30 days after the duration of the temporary certificate of occupancy. The certificate is issued for 30 days at a time, but can be replaced with another temporary certificate of occupancy or, ultimately, a permanent certificate. Once a permanent certificate of occupancy has been issued, a bond is no longer required.
The Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond obligates that you complete construction within the allotted time in compliance with the City of Tucson Building Safety Administrative Code, Section 309.4. Since the temporary certificate of occupancy is active for 30 days at a time, it is your responsibility to either complete the construction or maintain the temporary certificate until said construction is complete.
Claims on the bond can be submitted by those who suffer damages from the failure to abide by the Building Safety Administrative Code, including the City of Tucson. The best way to avoid claims on the bond is to make sure to properly finish the work under the temporary certificate or maintain the certificate as you finish up the work.
When Jet receives a claim initiation, we begin an investigation into the validity of the claim. Jet is obligated to follow Arizona’s general claims timeline, as indicated below:
However, if the City lays claim on the bond, Jet is obligated to pay out the claim with the bond. If the City or any other claimant receives a bond payout from Jet, you are ultimately the one responsible for the damages and must pay Jet back.
If a contractor is the holder of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Bond, the contractor must carry a Contractor License Bond in order to operate within the state of Arizona. The bond starts at $2,000 but can be as much as $100,000 to make sure that any damages will be reimbursed.