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Rental Housing Licensing Inspections

Rental Housing Licensing Inspections

RHL Home | Standard Long-Term | Short-Term | Occupancy | Rental Inspections

During the COVID-19 pandemic, rental inspection requirements have a 180-day extension

  • To remain in compliance, submit application and fees by license expiration date
  • 180-day extension to submit inspection reports is automatic to accommodate requests of tenants to postpone an inspector entering their home
  • In-home inspections of  occupied rental units are allowed when following proper safety protocols and when access is coordinated between landlords, tenants and inspectors
  • 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. Visit  for more information.
  • 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.

    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.

    A Rental Inspection is required to:

    • license a new standard, or long-term, rental property;
    • renew a license after the previous license has expired; or
    • apply for a new license when ownership has changed.

    A SmartRegs Inspection is required for:

    • a prescriptive pathway for rental units working toward compliance with energy efficiency requirements;
    • most long-term rental properties built prior to 2002; and
    • any other long-term rental unit that is not SmartRegs compliant.

    All of the criteria for rental inspections is available in the Rental Housing License Handbook found in the Applications & Forms database.

    Companies Licensed to Perform Baseline and SmartRegs Inspections*

    Company Name Address Phone
    Abacus Inspection Service 248 S. Madison Ave. - Louisville, CO 80027 303-554-5840
    Boulder Property Rental Inspections 1347 Carnation Cir. - Longmont, CO 80503 303-587-9493
    Davis Inspection Services 590 Bow Mountain Road - Boulder, CO 80304 303-588-1956
    Digs Inspections, LLC 4112 Westcliffe Ct - Boulder, CO 80301 720-582-1547
    Home-Spec Inspections, LLC 902 Sleepy Hollow Road - Golden, CO 80401 720-219-7445
    Independent Services 913 E. 5 th Ave. - Longmont, CO 80501 303-651-3599
    MSE Inspections 4738 McKinley Dr. - Boulder, CO 80303 303-499-3163
    Phil's Inspection Service 617 Clover Lane - Boulder, CO 80303 303-775-3681
    PPS Inspection Services 9705 Quay Loop -Westminster, CO 80021 303-472-3528
    Rocky Mountain Inspections, LLC 500 Manhattan Dr, A2 - Boulder, CO 80303 303-588-9020
    Roberts and Sons 7920 Grasmere Dr. - Boulder, CO 80301 303-581-9937
    Scott Home Inspection 3728 West CR 10 - Berthoud, CO 80513 303-373-2424

    *This list is not all-inclusive. Companies may be licensed by the city to perform a single type of inspection for the rental program. Search additional companies licensed to perform rental inspections through the customer self-service portal. You should always ask the company or person if they are officially licensed by the city to perform the necessary inspections.

    Standard Long-Term & Accessory Unit Rental Inspection FAQs

    • What inspections do I need to get licensed?

    A Rental Inspection is needed for:  a rental property that has never been licensed before;  a rental property whose previous license has expired; or  a transfer of ownership. Rental inspection compliance verification forms must be completed and signed by a licensed inspector.

    • What do the inspections include and who does them?

    Inspections are done by private inspection companies. Re-inspections may be required if there are items to be repaired. If the property is in compliance, the inspector will inform you at the inspection site and will provide a signed inspection compliance verification form. 

    View the list of this page for information about companies licensed to perform both Baseline and Renewal Inspections. Before hiring any company to perform the inspections, ask the company to ensure that their licenses are current with the city, as the city's lists are not verified on a daily basis.

    Charges for the inspection depend on the policies of the licensed rental housing inspector that you have contracted with. Prices vary - please compare prices between companies.

    Rental Inspection

    The Rental Inspection consists of four parts.

    1.            General Life Safety Requirements
    2.            Plumbing Facilities and Fixture Requirements
    3.            Mechanical and Electrical Requirements
    4.            Fire Safety Requirements

    • What if I can't get an inspection completed in time?

    If you are unable to have the Baseline or Renewal inspection completed by the expiration/due date, please call the Rental Housing Licensing Office at 303-441-3152 to request a time extension for completion of these items.

    • My inspections are a few months old - can I still use them?

    Yes, inspections are considered current if they were performed within the last 12 months and if Renewal inspections are submitted within the grace period - within 90 days past license expiration. 

    • Who do I talk to when I have a question about a repair requirement?

    A contractor licensed in the City of Boulder can assist you with determining the cost and extent of the repair work.

    • How are fees for the private housing inspection companies determined?

    The city is not a party to the contract so is not involved in setting the fee. It is up to the property owner to hire the inspector and negotiate a price for the service.

    • What are the requirements to become licensed as a City of Boulder rental housing inspector?

    Visit the Contractor Licensing page to learn more.