Rental License Application Packet [PDF]
Why Must Rental Units Be Licensed?
The City of Burnsville first passed a rental license ordinance in 2005 to help ensure the continued health, safety and welfare of all Burnsville residents who live in rental properties and in surrounding neighborhoods. Since operating a rental property is a business, doing so also requires that certain responsibilities and standards be upheld.
By requiring rental properties be licensed, the City can help ensure owners, operators and managers are taking reasonable steps to provide a safe, secure and sanitary environment for tenants and neighboring residents. Rental property owners/managers are also responsible for providing a reasonably noise-, nuisance- and annoyance-free residence.
Requiring rental licenses and minimum standards for upkeep also helps maintain property values and assure the preservation of the City’s existing housing supply.
Updated Rental License Ordinance:
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Why the Changes?
These changes are the result of a growing concern over unmaintained, unsafe and deteriorating rental properties in Burnsville. An updated ordinance allows the City to proactively inspect rental properties to help ensure the safety and well-being of the residents who live there. The changes will streamline the license process, provide for regular inspections, provide for cost recovery to the City, clarify procedures and provide new resources for enforcing the code.
Burnsville is one of few cities in the Twin Cities with a rental license ordinance that did not charge an annual license fee to cover the cost of inspections. [Click here for a list of rental license fees and information for the top 20 population cities in Minnesota]
In 2011, Burnsville City officials spent nearly 600 hours dealing with the property maintenance issues and poor living conditions of one of Burnsville’s rental complexes. As the City’s housing stock continues to age, these issues will continue to stress and demand resources if not kept in check. By charging a “user fee” to operate a rental property in Burnsville, the City can become more proactive in dealing with these issues, and generate the revenue to maintain the progress.