Certificate of Use Inspections

Most applicants who apply for a Business Tax to operate a business in the City of Boca Raton will also receive Certificate of Use inspections of the premises and proof of compliance with all requirements of the City of Boca Raton Code of Ordinances and all applicable laws and regulations.


Inspections will be made by the City of Boca Raton Code Compliance Division Inspectors to ensure that applicable codes are met and also by the City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services to ensure that the business location meets all fire life and safety codes.

Some of the most common items that will be inspected by Fire Rescue Services are listed below. Other fire and safety codes may be addressed during the inspection. Applicants should try to have all these items up to date to avoid having their Certificate of Use inspection denied and thereby delaying their opening for business until all safety issues are resolved.

Commonly Inspected Items

Fire Extinguishers

Current inspection tag by a state approved and licensed fire extinguisher dealer.

Exit Signs

Exit signs installed and lit. Replace burned out bulbs or dead batteries.

Exits Clear

Keep exits clear of any blockages. Storage of supplies, furniture and other objects are not permitted in aisles or areas leading to exits.

Emergency Lighting

Have emergency lighting installed and operating.

Sprinkler Heads

Keep sprinkler heads free of paint, storage, etc.


Storage must remain 18 inches below the ceiling. Keep storage areas, electrical rooms and stairways free from waste paper, empty boxes and cleaning supplies.

Electric Outlets

Have certified electrician install additional electric outlets to eliminate use of extension cord.