Residential Rental License Program

The purpose of the Borough of Denver’s Residential Rental Property Inspection Program shall be to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens, to establish rights and obligations of owners and occupants relating to residential rental units in the Borough and to encourage owners and occupants to maintain and improve the quality of rental housing within the Borough through the systematic inspection program, registration, and licensing of residential rental units, and penalties. 

The Borough of Denver requires the owner or designee of each residential rental unit to apply for and obtain an annual Residential Rental License for each residential rental unit by January 1st of each calendar year.  Prior to initial occupancy of newly constructed residential rental units, newly created residential rental units, or substantially rehabilitated residential rental units, the owner or designee shall register with and make written application to the Code Enforcement Officer for a Residential Rental License. 

Residential rental licenses are issued annually to the owner or designee of residential rental units.  Inspection of the unit must be completed, and the file updated prior to re-occupancy.  It is the responsibility of the landlord or designee to notify the Denver Borough Municipal Building at (717) 336-2831 when a vacancy occurs so that an inspection may be scheduled prior to a new tenant moving in to the unit.  It also is the responsibility of the landlord or designee to provide to the Borough the names of all new tenants of the residential rental unit within 30 days of their occupancy.  The cost for the residential rental unit inspections is included in the annual registration fee.  There is no charge for the residential rental unit inspections.

The cost for an annual Residential Rental Unit License is $35.00 per unit.  A late fee of $10.00 per rental unit shall be assessed if payment for the Residential Rental License or Licenses is not paid within thirty (30) days after the due date. 

Residential rental units, common areas, exterior areas, and accessory structures are inspected for compliance with the Borough’s Property Maintenance Code as part of the Borough’s residential rental unit inspection.