Rental Property Licensing Program

All apartments or rental properties must be registered, inspected, and licensed prior to anyone occupying the residence.  This is a two year cycle in the City of Owatonna.

 In 2003, the City of Owatonna passed four ordinances regarding rental property in Owatonna.  The goal of this program is to improve the rental property in Owatonna by working with landlords and tenants to effectively resolve problems in rental housing.  A task force was created with representatives from the community to provide input for this program.  This is a proactive inspection program which utilizes a Minimum Housing Code to reduce the number of problems in rental property.  The program also includes a Crime Free Housing Program and a Disorderly Use Ordinance that will provide the tools necessary to reduce crime in rental property.

Additional ordinances relating to this program include the following:
  Section 457 – Registration of Rental Units
  Section 457:85 – Rental Unit Dwelling License; Inspection Fee

There is a penalty for failing to license a rental property.

Request a Rental Property Inspection


Additional Resources:

Rental Property License Application Form - PDF

Rental Property License Application Form - Submit Online

Rental Housing License Program Brochure

Rental Property Inspection Checklist

City of Owatonna - Current Fee Schedule

Minimum Heating Requirements