Rental Housing Licensing

Every person who owns property and operates it as residential rental property needs to secure an annual license for the right to conduct this business within the community. The license must be secured each year and the premises must be inspected at least once every three (3) years.

Obtaining a NEW License

You may obtain the materials necessary for Rental License in the following ways:

  • Come to City Hall and pick up an application. 
  • Request one be mailed to you.
  • Download the application HERE

Applications will not be accepted, and licenses will not be issued without payment and a valid inspection on file.  

Renewal Rental Licenses

Renewal License Materials are mailed out annually.  You are now able to renew rental license online, provided your property has a valid inspection on file.  To renew online you will need the renewal code on the upper right-hand corner of the renewal paperwork that was sent to you.  Then follow this eLicense link.  

If you have questions about your renewal call:  651-554-3229

Forms should be returned to:

City of South St. Paul
City Clerk/Licensing
125 3rd Avenue N
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Additional Resources:


Ordinance Relating to Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators - Residence Prohibition (PDF)

Affidavit of Family Member Exemption (PDF)

Common Hazards - Rental Housing (PDF)

Crime-Free / Drug-Free Lease Addendum (PDF)

Housing Evaluators

Rental Housing Guidelines (PDF)

Residential Rental Ordinance (PDF)

Evaluator Complaint Form (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Landlord & Tenant Information