At Masterplan, as part of our work in securing commercial building permits in Dallas, TX and other certificates and authorizations, we recently helped a client of ours, Sean Horton, obtain a certificate of occupancy for his art gallery in Oak Cliff.
A certificate of occupancy (CO) serves as a license to do business at a specific location within city limits for a particular use. Obtaining a CO involves getting city inspections of the building’s structure, plumbing, electrical systems and other utilities, as well as how it complies with the area’s parking and zoning regulations. Having a CO indicates the building is in livable condition in accordance with the laws of the area. The certificate is necessary to be able to use a structure for everyday use, as well as to be able to sign a contract to sell the space or close on a mortgage for the space.
COs are required every time a new building is constructed, a building built for one purpose gets changed to another (i.e. commercial to residential) or the occupancy of a commercial or industrial building changes. COs may also need to be updated if ownership of a commercial, industrial or multifamily residential property changes.
CO permits remain valid for as long as a business operates in that specific location. They do not need to be renewed—once you’ve got it, you don’t need to worry about it anymore.
About Sean Horton’s New Gallery
Sean Horton announced the opening of his gallery and a brand-new exhibition of paintings and video by Belgian artist collective Leo Gabin in February. This marked the very first Texas exhibition of the group’s art, and an excellent opening of the new storefront space for the gallery on West Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff.
Horton founded and directed galleries in New York and Berlin, starting with Sunday LES, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He founded that gallery in 2006. The Horton Gallery hosted more than 150 exhibitions, art fair presentations and offsite projects around the world. Horton is a native of North Texas, and is determined to make this brand-new gallery space in Dallas his center of operations even as he maintains an office and organizes exhibitions at galleries and other spaces throughout New York.
The Horton Gallery has been a member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) since 2008 and has participated in NADA Miami, NADA New York, The Armory Show, Independent Brussels, Art Brussels and the Untitled Art Fair, among other art shows and exhibitions.
Horton said his return to Dallas represented a homecoming to a city where he first discovered contemporary art and began his career in the art world.
In addition to maintaining his New York office for private sales, advisory services and collections management, Horton says he intends to continue participating in international art fairs and occasionally producing some pop-up shows around New York.
For more information about the new Sean Horton art gallery here in Dallas or about obtaining a commercial building permit in Dallas, TX, we encourage you to contact our team at Masterplan with any questions you have.