Rental License & Inspections

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Richfield Rental License & Inspections

Rental Inspections will not be conducted for the time period covered by Governor Walz’s Stay At Home Order (3/27-4/10).  Following the lifting of the Stay At Home Order, Rental Inspections shall be resumed or limited.   Please contact City of Richfield Housing Inspections staff during normal business hours to discuss your particular needs.



The purpose of the rental license requirements is to assure that all rental housing in the city is decent, safe and sanitary as well as operated and maintained so as not to become a nuisance in the community.

Rental Homes and Apartment License Application

Certification Forms

Common Rental Housing Corrections

The beginning of each month a Rental Property List is posted containing a list of those who have obtained a rental license in the community.

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Richfield City Code Section 407 requires that all residential rental property be licensed and inspected.  The process to obtain a rental license include:

  • Owners of a rental property make application to the city for a license;
  • Schedule an inspection, in which a city inspector will conduct an inspection of the interior, exterior and common areas of the property.  Appointments for inspections will be made with the owners/managers in advance, to provide reasonable notice;
  • If a violation exists at the time of the inspection, a report will be given to the owner/manager, indicating the areas that need to be corrected and the timeframe in which the violation should be corrected; and
  • Licenses will be renewed on an annual basis.

New owners are required to provide tenants in affordable units a 3-month protection period Section 409. A notice must be sent to tenants within 30 days after a building transfers ownership. 

Summary of Ordinance and sample notice to tenants 

Occupancy Limits for Dwellings and Apartment Units

 Room Type

 Room Area (in square feet)

 Maximum Number of Persons

 Sleeping Room 

 70 or more but less than 120 

 1 per room

 Sleeping Room 

 120 or more but less than 180 

 2 per room 

 Sleeping Room

 180 or more

 3 per room

 Multiple Purpose Room(s) 

 At least one room 120 or more 

 2 per dwelling unit

 For further details on occupancy limits refer to Section 405.15 of the City Code.

Owners of rental property are also responsible to ensure that the use of their property complies with the Richfield Zoning Code (Section 507.07, Subd. 45) for the definition of "Family".

Manager/Owner Resources