Rental Property Inspections and Licensing

Rental Inspections

The City of Waukee recently launched its Rental Inspection Program; this effort is required pursuant to Chapter 364.17 of the Iowa Code. The purpose of this code is to ensure property owners, their agents and others who rent out residential dwellings/sleeping units, meet their responsibilities with respect to safety of the premises. The City of Waukee has established and adopted the following Code Ordinance, Chapter 222A, Residential Rental Code:

“NO PERSON SHALL RENT, LEASE, LET, OPERATE OR OTHERWISE ALLOW THE OCCUPANCY OF ANY DWELLING UNIT OR ANY PORTION OF ANY DWELLING UNIT (INCLUDING SLEEPING ROOMS) UNLESS THEY HOLD A VALID RENTAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE* ISSUED BY THE CITY OF WAUKEE.”

*The Rental Inspection Certificate is valid for two years from date of issuance. Properties which were issued Certificates of Occupancy within the previous two years do not need to seek inspections and licensing.

Complaints

The Waukee Development Services Department will also respond to complaints from renters or neighbors if problems with rental properties occur. Owners are informed of all complaints and are encouraged to be present at all inspections. A City Council-appointed Board of Appeals meets periodically to hear requests from landlords regarding code enforcement orders issued by inspectors. Find the Rental Housing Complaint Form below.

Applications and Forms

Rental Housing Inspection Certificate Application (Required)Or      Printable PDF Version
Designated Agent Registration Form (Required if using an agent)   Or      Printable PDF Version
Rental Inspection Appeal Request Form (As needed)Or      Printable PDF Version
Rental Housing Complaint Form (For tenants)Or      Printable PDF Version


License and Inspection Fees

DescriptionFee
Single-Family Home$50
Individually-Owned 1 or 2 Family Condo, Duplex or Townhome$50
Single Owner Multi-Family Building$50
Each Multi-Family Unit Owned$15


Penalty and Appeal Fees

ReasonFee
Failure to Register$150
Complaint Inspection$150
Board of Appeals Application$100