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Rental Housing Licensing

Rental Housing Licensing

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EnerGov is Now Available!

Customers can now access the city's new permitting, licensing and land management system. Follow the link below to set up a Customer Self-Service account (CSS).  When creating a CSS account, please use the email address you used when creating your contractor licensing account. For those with questions on how to set up an account, make an inspection request or submit a permit application, please review the user guide Learn more about EnerGov.

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2018 Standard Long-Term Rental License Fees

$105.00    Application Fee – Required for all applications per single dwelling unit or per building for multi-unit buildings

$50.00      2017 SmartRegs Fee – Due if property was not SmartRegs compliant by 3/31/17

$100.00    2018 SmartRegs Fee – Due if property was not SmartRegs compliant by 12/31/17 and for new rental properties subject to the SmartRegs program

2018 Short-Term Rental License Fees

$105.00    Application Fee – Required for all applications

$25.00     A one-time business license fee of $25

Boulder Revised Code

Tenants, landlords, and the city all play a role in the implementation of this community program.

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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Rental Housing Minimum Standards

The Rental Housing program seeks to preserve public safety by establishing minimum standards for the basic equipment and facilities associated with rental properties, including:

  • lighting, ventilation and heating;
  • fire safety;
  • the use and amount of space for human occupancy; and
  • the safe and sanitary maintenance of dwellings.


The SmartRegs ordinances require all rental housing in Boulder to meet a basic energy efficiency standard by 2019. 


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