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  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. 
Rental License Ordinance: 
Click here to view ordinance. 

Highlights of the ordinance:

1. Dwellings that require a rental license include: 
  • Condominiums
  • Townhouses
  • Single-Family homes
  • Manufactured homes
  • Each individual unit of a multi-unit rental

2. Dwellings that are exempt from a rental license include:  
  • Retail, commercial and industrial rentals
  • Licensed nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Relatives living with homeowner
  • Military leave situations
  • Snowbirds
  • Contract for deed situations

3. An annual fee for ALL rental property licenses to cover the costs of proactive building maintenance inspections.

4. A rental conversion fee, paid when owner-occupied units are converted to rental status. The conversion fee and rental license fee cover the first year’s license and initial inspection, along with one follow-up inspection.

License applications are due two months prior to license expiration. If you do not know when your license expires please contact 952-895-4440.

If your license expires:   Your application is due:
March 31   January 31
June 30   April 30
September 30   July 31
December 31   October 31

5. Proactive inspection of ALL rental properties for building and fire code compliance every three years. As proposed, 1/3 of an apartment complex's units would be inspected each year. Individual Unit rentals (single-family, condo, townhomes, manufactured homes) would be inspected once every three years.

6. Proactive inspection of all MULTI-UNIT APARTMENT rental property common spaces and exteriors for fire code compliance every year.

7. Provisions requiring property to be in good repair and non-hazardous, and language to strengthen rental license revocation provisions (making license revocation an option for failure to implement the Minnesota Crime Free Housing Lease Addendum and clarifying that outstanding property maintenance, building code or fire code violations can result in license revocation). This is meant to streamline enforcement actions on poorly maintained and unsanitary units.

8. Expanded and clarified definitions; providing a better-defined process for compliance with correction orders including appeals; and including procedural provisions for revocation, suspension, denials and reinstatement of licenses.

9. Ordinance violation results in license revocation, rather than a misdemeanor.

Prior to 2013, Burnsville was 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.

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.

This 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. 

100 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337

Ph: 952-895-4440
Fax: 952-895-4512

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

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Rental owners may apply for RENEWAL of rental licenses only

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