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City of Northfield, MN
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-8833

Rental Program
Residential Rental Properties
All residential rental properties within the City of Northfield must have a rental license prior to the property being occupied. In order to obtain a rental license, the rental units must comply with the City Rental Housing Ordinance found in Chapter 14 of the Northfield City Code.

Obtaining a Rental License 
  • A rental license application is submitted by the owner
  • Payment of the appropriate fee
  • The property must comply with the minimum property standards of the ordinance verified by a property inspection. The property owner is responsible to schedule the inspection with the Building Inspection Department.
The rental license must be issued prior to occupancy of any residential rental property.

Renewing a Rental License
Rental licenses are valid for a period of two years. The renewal process is the same as the original licensing which will require an application, fees, and inspection of the rental property prior to expiration of the existing license.

Eligible Properties
Not all properties may be eligible for a rental license. Please contact the Building Inspections Division to determine if a rental license may be granted for any property being considered for residential rental. Certain areas of the community are restricted to allowing only 20% of the block to be rented. A block is defined as both sides of a street from intersection to intersection.
Building Inspections
801 Washington Street South
Northfield, MN 55057

Ph: 507-645-3004
Fx: 507-645-3055

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.