Agreeing with Alex, the homeowner is typically the party which obtains the CO. However, if its a foreclosure or pre-foreclosure (short sale) that you are interested in purchasing then sometimes it is the buyer's responsbility to obtain the CO. Your best bet would be to contact the town either via telephone or go there in person to find out what their requirements are for a CO. I've included this link for some of the forms but you must contact them directly in order to set up the inspection, etc. (most importantly the first form which is Application for Certificate and the third form Application for Smoke Detector/Carbon Monoxide). The telephone numbers are also on the forms. http://www.kearnynj.org/ConstructionDepartmentForms
In addition if you are the responsible party for obtaining the CO, the closer to the closing date, the more expensive the fee can be.
Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Prudential NJ Properties
973-992-6363 ext 116
CO is a certificate of occupancy. Every time a property transfers title, the Town must inspect the property for compliance with Zoning, fire code, safety and other issues. The owner of the property is the one that must apply for this inspection with the Town (or its agent). The buyer cannot apply. Let me know if you have more questions about this or other issues.