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Residential Rental Licensing & Inspections Program  

As of January 2011, all residential rental property owners must obtain an annual Residential Rental Business license and a periodic inspection of each unit. This applies to all multi-family units (2 or more units) and to condominiums, single-family, and accessory dwelling units occupied by tenants who pay rent.


Annual License Fees

Base License fee: 1-4 units/property $60.00
  5+ units/property $175.00

Periodic Inspection Required

The business license requires an inspection of each unit every fifth year. The inspections may be performed by City Inspectors or by private inspectors who meet certain qualifications and are pre-approved by the City:

  • Washington State Licensed Architects
  • Washington State Licensed Home Inspectors
  • Certified AACE Property Maintenance and Housing Inspectors
  • Certified ICC Property Maintenance and Housing Inspectors
  • Certified ICC Residential Building Code Inspectors

Units occupied by a Section 8 tenant are exempt from the required inspections but owners must still obtain an annual license. Documentation from the Section 8 office is required to obtain the inspection exemption.

Per Unit Inspection fees: $50.00
(if conducted by city inspectors)

In order to effectively manage the inspection process, the City has been divided into four sections with different inspection deadlines. See map to determine inspection zone (click here).

Inspection Deadline:

Zone 1: 2015
Zone 2: 2016
Zone 3: 2017
Zone 4: 2018


Contact Information:

Department of Community Development
6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 431-3670
Fax: 206 431-3665

Email Planning Division

Email Building Division