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Rental Registration Program
Renton, WA 98057

Rental Registration Program

Under Renton Municipal Code, landlords are required to register all residential rental housing properties within the City of Renton.* See RMC 4.5.125 for more detail. A City of Renton business license is no longer required for the Rental Registration Program. You do not need to obtain a City of Renton Business License if you do not have any employees or conduct other business that requires a City of Renton Business License.

*Exceptions for registration include room rentals in owner-occupied housing, commercial lodging, short-term rentals, state-licensed facilities, and housing owned by government groups or by housing authorities. See RMC 5.4.125(B) for applicability.


Registration is required annually, on or before January 31.

Registration and annual renewal can be completed online on the City Self-Service Portal. As part of the application, you will be asked to submit a Declaration of Compliance Checklist.

To register or renew, complete the steps below:

  1. Complete the Declaration of Compliance Checklist

    Download the Declaration of Compliance Checklist:

     Declaration of Compliance Checklist

    Using one checklist per rental property, determine if your property are compliant with basic health and safety standards by completing a self-inspection of your rental unit(s). Checklists can be completed by property managers. Certificates of inspection completed within the last 30 days and submitted by approved third-party inspectors are also accepted.

    For code citations of the Landlord-Tenant Act and basic health and safety standards, along with additional information, please refer to the Checklist Guide

    You will upload the completed Declaration of Compliance Checklist in Step 2. 

    If your property is not compliant, contact the Housing Programs Manager.

  2. Complete the online Rental Property Registration:

  3. Navigate to the online City Self-Service Portal webpage. Log In or register and apply for a Rental Property Registration license for each of your rental properties.

    For questions regarding registering a user account on the City Self-Service Portal, please refer to the Online Registration Tipsheet.
    To register a rental property please refer to the Rental Property Registration Tipsheet.
    To renew a rental property license please refer to the Rental Property Renewal Tipsheet.


    This program enforces the WA State Landlord-Tenant Act and existing building and property standards of Renton. This program imposes no additional standards on landlords, other than those already in place in city and state code.

    Failure to register, failure adhere to applicable codes, and/or false reporting on the Rental Registration Program Declaration of Compliance Checklist will result in issuances of violations and penalties. 

    Violations and penalties follow existing City procedures outlined in Chapters 1-3 of the Renton Municipal Code.


    Renton’s program does not mandate inspections, except in cases of violations or if the landlord appears to have failed to fulfill an obligation required under the Landlord-Tenant Act. In such cases, the landlord must provide a certificate of inspection completed by an approved third-party inspector with thirty days of when requested. 

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