Inspectors

This page contains information for inspectors related to the residential rental property licensing program, including qualifications needed to perform inspections.

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Inspector requirements

  • Only inspectors who meet the qualifications established by the ordinance DRMC 27-192 can perform RRP inspections. To perform RRP inspections, a person must be: (a) Certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) or the Master Inspector Certification Board, and (b) Certified as an R5, C5, or C8 Combination Building Inspector by the International Code Council (ICC).
  • Inspections by anyone without both required certifications -- one from (a) and one from (b) -- won't be accepted. Applicants must provide copies of inspector certifications as part of the application.

Inspector registry

  • The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses will maintain a list of qualified inspectors for the residential rental license program. Being on the list is not required for performing the inspections for the program. It is to help property owners/managers find and contact qualified inspectors. Inspectors on the list are not guaranteed to be qualified (for example, if a certification expires). Being on the list does not constitute an endorsement by the City and County of Denver. Property owners/managers are responsible for confirming any inspector they hire is qualified
  • Inspectors must hold both required certifications --
    • (a) Certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) or the Master Inspector Certification Board, and 
    • (b) Certified as an R5, C5, or C8 Combination Building Inspector by the International Code Council (ICC)
  • Inspectors that want to be added to the list, fill out this form with the required information.  

What will the inspections check for?

Download the checklist guidebook(PDF, 336KB) that explains which regulations the inspector will check for and how compliance should be determined. 

Download the checklist form(PDF, 548KB) that the inspector will use. The form uses a simplified numbering and description system that will not be understandable without the checklist guidebook(PDF, 336KB).

How much will an inspection cost?

Because inspections will be performed by third-party inspectors, the cost is not set by the City. Costs will vary based on each inspector’s pricing and (for multiunit properties) the number of units that need to be inspected. The program requires at least 10% of units at a multiunit rental property be inspected (or one if there are fewer than 10 units).

Inspection and application timeline

Applications for residential rental property licenses must be made within 90 days of a completed inspection to be considered valid. If corrections are needed to checklist items, those must be made within 90 days of the license application being submitted and a complete checklist submitted.