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Rental housing licensing and inspection program

Licensing and inspection of rental properties

Bloomington requires that every dwelling unit being rented must have a rental license prior to renting.

The focus of the Rental Licensing and Inspection Program is to maintain the quality and stability of rental dwelling units which will preserve the value of land and buildings throughout Bloomington. Rental housing conditions that adversely affect or are likely to adversely affect the life, safety, general welfare and health of renters can be corrected and prevented by enforcing minimum standards within the city.

The Rental Housing program licenses many types of rental dwelling units including:

  • Single-family homes
  • Townhouses
  • Condominiums
  • Duplexes
  • Multi-family buildings
  • Housing with services dwellings
  • Accessory dwelling units

Environmental Health Inspectors annually inspect both the interior and exterior of all rental dwelling units within Bloomington. They also respond to complaints concerning rental properties and systematically inspect the exterior of rental units throughout the year.

Applying for a Rental License

Step 1. Apply for a rental license with the Business Licensing Division

PDF iconRental housing application  including inspection checklist

Step 2. Schedule a rental dwelling unit inspection with the Environmental Health Division

After your application is processed and reviewed you will be contacted by Environmental Health notifying you to schedule an inspection. To schedule, please call 952-563-8934.

Note: Non-functioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors will result in a failed inspection. Here are some information sheets to reference before your inspection.

Additional resources

File a complaint

The City wants to maintain the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Click the following link to learn more about filing a residential, commercial, or rental property complaint.

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