Rental Licensing & Property Maintenance Code

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Rental Licensing & Property Maintenance Code


The City of Columbia Heights created a Rental Density Cap for all single-family residential homes. Information on the ordinance can be found here.

Overview of property maintenance and rental licensing
The Fire Department enforces the City of Columbia Height’s Property Maintenance Code and licenses rental property under the code. This code was adopted in 1989 to provide minimum maintenance standards of existing properties in the city. 

The goals of the code are to protect the character and stability of residential and business areas, preserve property values and correct and prevent housing conditions that adversely affect or are likely to affect the life, safety, general welfare, and health of residents.

Property Maintenance Code

The Fire Department conducts property maintenance inspections on all properties.

These inspections include: 
  • Annual residential rental licensing
  • Commercial and single family
  • Long grass and weeds
  • Outside storage
  • Snow shoveling
  • Repairs to structures
Landlord and Tenant Resources
Rental Property Owners are required to include a Crime Free/Drug-Free and Disorderly Use Lease Addendum to all leases.
More information for Tenants and Landlords here