Rental License

Residential rental properties

All residential rental properties within the City of Northfield must have a rental license prior to the property being occupied. 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.

View the City Rental Housing Ordinance

View the International Building Code

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.

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 two years.

The renewal process is the same as the original licensing. It requires an application, fees, and inspection of the rental property to be complete before the existing license expires.

Rental forms

Rental License Application (PDF)

Rental Temporary License Application (PDF)

Rental License Checklist with Signature Line (PDF)

Rental Emergency Information (PDF)

Rental Fee