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Rental Housing Licensing

Rental Housing Licensing


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Extended Renewal Deadlines for Rental Housing Licenses: The city is committed to its core value of community safety and is proactively taking steps to keep the community safe. In an effort to follow social distancing guidelines, the city has extended the renewal deadline for rental housing licenses currently set to expire before May 31 by 90 days for occupied properties.

The city is also requesting that in-home inspections of occupied rental units be postponed. We understand that current COVID-19 impacts may cause challenges for scheduling a rental license inspection. We want both you and your tenants to remain healthy and safe during the current public health situation, which includes postponing requests of tenants to allow an inspector into their homes.

The city’s Rental Housing Licensing office has adjusted our process during this time to accept your renewal application by email [email protected] as scheduled and then submit your inspection report once it has been completed at a later date. 

The City of Boulder will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 in our community to determine if further allowances need to be made.EnerGov Customer Self-Service Portal 

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  • The SmartRegs ordinances required all standard long-term rental housing in Boulder to meet a basic energy efficiency standard by Jan. 1, 2019. 
  • Properties must be compliant prior to application submittal for a rental housing license beginning in 2019.
  • Any rental license that expired Dec. 31, 2018, due to SmartRegs non-compliance and/or unpaid program fees will be subject to enforcement action if the property is found to be a rental. 
  • Any rental license that expired Dec. 31, 2018, due to SmartRegs non-compliance will be required to reapply for a rental license, with a complete application packet including current inspection forms, after reaching SmartRegs compliance. All program fees will apply.

Outdoor Lighting Ordinance

Learn how to ensure you are compliant with the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance before your inspection. Single family homes seeking a rental license certify compliance through a rental inspection. Multi-unit dwellings are required to submit a Lighting Certification pdf to receive a four-year term license. Multi-unit dwellings will receive a one-year reduced term license if certification is not received at application, which will be extended to a full four-year term if certification is submitted within the one-year term.

A Lighting Certification can be completed by an architect, electrical engineer, electrical contractor or lighting consultant.

Rental Housing Requirements

Tenants, landlords and the city all play a role in the implementation of rental housing requirements.

The city's Boulder Revised Code and Property Maintenance Code require all rental properties in Boulder to maintain a valid rental license. The code also establishes minimum standards for the use and safe occupancy of dwellings to protect, preserve and promote the physical and mental health of its residents.

The Rental License code states that obtaining a rental license is the responsibility of the property owner. The discovery of an unlicensed rental property will result in legal action.

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