Certificate of Compliance

Are you looking to sell a rental property? Then look no further because you have come to the right place.  


If you are the Buyer of a property that has already been sold to you without a COC completed, please contact us at 402-441-7521 so this can be reported to our Building and Safety I.T. personnel.


Every owner of a 3 or more unit property shall tender to a prospective buyer, at the time of the transfer of ownership of such 3 or more unit property, a copy of a valid certificate of compliance or a notice of deficiencies, which shall include a copy of any notice and order issued pursuant to the Lincoln Minimum Housing Code or any other applicable law or ordinance, issued by the Building Official. 


The owner of any 3 or more unit property desiring to sell or transfer the same shall file an application for a certificate of compliance.

Certificate of Compliance Application


The Building Official shall issue a certificate of compliance for a 3 or more unit property only after he/she has inspected such house and has found that it complies in all respects with the Lincoln Minimum Housing Code and all other applicable laws and ordinances. If such 3 or more unit property is found not to be in compliance with the Lincoln Minimum Housing Code and all other applicable laws and ordinances, the Building Official shall issue a notice of deficiencies. 


A certificate of compliance shall be valid only for ninety (90) days from the date of issuance. A certificate of compliance shall not be deemed a warranty or guarantee that a 3 or more unit property complies with all provisions of the Lincoln Property Maintenance Code or other applicable laws and ordinances, nor shall the City be held responsible for any violations not noted or discovered by the Building Official during his/her inspection of the house. 


The Building Official is hereby authorized to establish reasonable fees for inspections made pursuant to an application for a certificate of compliance, which fees, before becoming effective, shall by approved by the Mayor. (Ord. 16530 &2; December 6, 1993).

Requirement for this inspection is placed on the seller of the building. Building and Safety will contact the seller for an inspection.


A Housing Inspector and a Fire Inspector inspect apartment building or hotel/motel or boarding house. The inspection includes the exterior of the building, common hallways and grounds, and interiors of apartment units or hotel rooms. Current cost is $90.00 per building for first 3 units and $12 per unit for each additional unit plus a $65 Fire COC Fee.

Condition of Building

Inspectors will determine if the following items are in poor repair, missing, or improperly constructed (the following lists are not all-inclusive)

Exterior: Deteriorated/Missing Areas

  • Soffit
  • Fascia
  • Siding
  • Trim
  • Handrails – height and connection
  • Guardrails – height, condition, intermediate rails
  • Stairs – condition and spacing
  • Premises ID
  • Gutters – clogged/hanging
  • Screens – missing/torn
  • Windows
  • Foundation
  • Drainage from structure
  • Paint condition – 25% or more missing is a violation
  • Roof Structure
  • Locks – doors and windows

Exterior: Weatherproofing

  • Doors
  • Windows – broken or boarded
  • Roof
  • Foundation Walls
  • Siding
  • Mortar
  • Porch/Patio Deck
  • Garbage Storage/Removal

Interior: Inadequate Maintenance

  • Surface coverings – carpet, vinyl, counter tops
  • Floors deteriorated – holes, buckling
  • Walls deteriorated
  • Ceilings deteriorated
  • Suspended ceilings
  • Paint interior 

Interior: Structural Hazard

  • Floors
  • Foundation
  • Stairs
  • Ceilings

Interior: Inadequate Sanitation

  • Inadequate sanitation
  • Light – ventilation
  • Utility shut-off
  • Appliance – defective
  • Mold/Mildew
  • Occupancy – improper
  • Lighting – halls and stairs
  • Roach/Rodent/Insects
  • Supplied Equipment – operational
  • Maintenance of doors, trim, cabinets
  • Bath exhaust fan
  • Dryer venting to exterior

Interior Plumbing: Install Gas Line Shut-off Valve

  • Kitchen stove
  • Dryer
  • Water Heater
  • Gas-fired appliance

Interior Plumbing: Repair

  • Water heater – drip leg
  • Installs without permit
  • Waste system deteriorated
  • Waste system back-up
  • Kitchen sink
  • Lavatory
  • Shower
  • Tub
  • Toilet leaks

Interior Plumbing: Water Supply Leak

  • Kitchen sink
  • Lavatory
  • Shower
  • Tub
  • Toilet

Interior Plumbing: Inadequate Sanitation Facilities

  • Lavatory
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Inadequate water
  • Water-heater repair
  • Plumbing (sewer line)
  • Privacy separation

Fire/Life Safety

  • Smoke Detectors
  • Fire Door Separation
  • Fire doors close and latch
  • Egress
  • Exit sign lights and location
  • Fire resistive construction
  • Combustibles stored by fuel burning appliances
  • Exits – provided
  • Emergency Lights
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Impeded exiting
  • Storage under stairs
  • Fire Extinguishers – out of date
  • Alarm Systems
  • Grills on decks

Electrical Safety

  • Hazardous electrical wiring
  • Garbage disposal wiring
  • GFCI outlet improperly wired
  • Continuous use of extension cords
  • Exposed wiring
  • Missing outlet covers
  • Light fixtures – hazardous wiring