Each town is different - depends, also, if you are purchasing a single family or multi-family home. What you are really getting on a resale home is a CCO (continued certificate of occupancy) while most of the time a CO is for new construction. At the very least you will need a smoke detector/carbon monoxide compliance certificate (plus a fire extinguisher is now required on this too).
On a multi-family CCO ( 3-families and over) you will also have to check for green card compliance which does not run hand in hand with the town CCO since it is issued by the state and you must check for code violations otherwise you will inherit them upon title. Best to file early for the CCO since larger towns like Newark, etc. are backed up nearly 3-6 weeks and sometimes you have to close with a temporary ("as is" filed by the buyer's attorney) if the home needs issues corrected within a specific time period.
Filing for a CCO can cost anywhere from $75 to $300 depending on the town and some towns require both the buyer and seller be present to sign.
If you need further information regarding this subject, please feel free to contact me.
Sandra Bolcar, Broker Associate
RE/MAX VILLAGE SQUARE
(973) 228-1000 ext 132