Joint Occupancy Evaluation (JOE) Program
The Joint Occupancy Evaluation (JOE) Program has been developed to help facilitate the issuance of an Occupancy Permit for an existing commercial tenant space without a full tenant layout plan review permitting and inspections.
For detailed information regarding the new Joint Occupancy Evaluation (JOE) Program, refer to Building Development Policy 2.4: Joint Occupancy Evaluation Program. The list of Commonly Found Safety Violations in Existing Tenant Spaces and Buildings can assist the customer if an approved change of use is occurring and the space requires a safety inspections. The following is a summary of the improvements in the new Policy:
Business Name Change: A safety inspection is no longer required to secure a Business License from the Finance Department.
Tenant Change without Change of Use: A safety inspection is no longer required to secure a Business License from the Finance Department.
Shell Buildings (Policy 1.5: Commercial Partial Permitting Process for Shell Buildings): The process for a first generation tenant has been relocated to a new Policy 2.8: New Commercial Building and First Generation Tenant Space – Occupancy Permit.
The County now assigns a Project Manager (a single point of contact) to assist customers with projects in the Joint Occupancy Evaluation Program. If you would like to have a Project Manager assigned to your project for the Joint Occupancy Evaluation Program, contact us at 703-792-4040 or BDD@pwcgov.org.