Single Family & Duplex Licensing
ALL residential rental dwelling units in the City of New Brighton will be required to have a valid rental license starting in 2023. The City already licenses all multifamily buildings in New Brighton, and expanding the licensing program to single family and duplex units will ensure that every rental unit in the City is properly maintained and managed in order to be rented. In making this change, the City hopes to achieve legitimate, safe, and healthy living spaces for landlords, tenants, and neighbors.
- Owners of single family homes and duplex units (one or both sides) who wish to rent out their property must obtain a rental license from the City on an annual basis. The license ensures the property is inspected for health and safety standards at least once every three (3) years, and ensures the City has up to date information on the rental in the event that problems arise.
- Inspections of single family and duplex units will ONLY focus on safety and health issues: are there properly located smoke and C.O. detectors, are all switch plates covered with no exposed wiring, do locks and windows work, do utilities and appliances work, etc.
- Rental applications are due by December 31st for the following year’s rental period, or if mid-year, within 30 days of obtaining a property for rental purposes.
- Regardless of the issuance date, licenses are valid through December 31st of the year in which the license is issued. Renewal applications for existing licenses are due by December 31st. Provided a renewal application is submitted, the existing rental license will remain valid into the following year until a new license is issued.
- Sale of a rental property terminates the rental license at the time of sale. The new owner must obtain a new license within 30 days of acquiring the property if they wish to continue renting the unit. Early applications are encouraged.
If you have any questions about the City of New Brighton’s Single-Family and Duplex Rental Licensing Program, please contact our code compliance officer at (651) 638-2061, or Email Scott Gigrich
- Why did the City of New Brighton expand the licensing requirement to single family and duplex rental units?
The City already licenses all multifamily buildings in New Brighton. Expanding the licensing program will ensure that every rental unit in the City must be properly maintained and managed in order to be rented. By doing so, the City hopes to achieve legitimate, safe and healthy living spaces for landlords, tenants, and neighbors.
- I’ve never had to get a rental license before for my property…will the licensing process be difficult?
The City of New Brighton gave careful consideration to the establishment of this new program, and every effort was made to create a win-win solution for renters, property owners, and the City. The single-family home/duplex licensing process is a simplified version of the larger program that’s historically overseen the City’s multi-family buildings.
- Is there a cost for this license and will an inspection be required?
During an inspection year, the license cost for a single-family home (or one half of a duplex) will be $200, and a duplex that is fully rented will have a $220 license fee. In non-inspection years, the cost will drop to $50. Provided the unit(s) being licensed meet basic life, health, and safety standards, inspections will only be required once every three (3) years.
- How will this new program effect rents in single-family and duplex rental units?
By only requiring inspections once every three years, the total license cost over a three year period can be kept to as low as $300. That cost spread out over 36 months means the maximum rent increase a landlord could justify based on this program is a little over $8 per month for a single unit, and approximately $4.50 per month for duplex units. The City’s Planning Commission, Equity Commission, and City Council all found this potential impact to rents was more than justified by the program’s benefits.
- How will the City approach inspections?
Inspections will be focused on basic life, health, and safety issues. Improvements will only be mandated when the health and safety of tenants is threatened by housing conditions or the lack of necessary equipment (i.e. smoke and carbon monoxide detectors).
- Who will be involved during the inspection?
The City’s inspector and landlord will walk the property together. While we will invite and encourage tenants to attend and participate in the inspection, their attendance will not be mandatory.
- I’m not a landlord. How does this change help or impact me?
The main effect of this ordinance is the comfort knowing that rental properties are properly maintained, and that adequate recourse now exists for the City should problems arise. Existing “disorderly premises” regulations that previously only applied to licensed multi-family buildings will now apply to all rentals.
- When do I need to secure a license for 2023?
At this time, we are asking all landlords to apply for their 2023 license by December 31, 2022. Applications will be processed in January, and property inspections will occur from February through April. Late applications in year one may be subject to additional fees if received after March 31, 2023. Please visit the City’s Housing webpage at and select “Rental Licensing Programs” to obtain an application for your specific rental type.
- Where can I find the complete ordinance establishing the expanded licensing program?
Please visit City Codes to access all codes for the City of New Brighton. To view housing regulations specifically, scroll down to find the heading “Municipal Code,” and then open the link to “Chapter 13 – Housing.” The new regulations begin on page 13-22
- Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please contact our code compliance officer Scott Gigrich at (651) 638-2061, or email Scott at [email protected].