Determine how many inspections are needed:
For multi-unit properties, an inspection of 10% of the total units on the property, randomly selected by the inspector, is required
The number of inspections must be 10% of the total units, rounded up to the nearest whole number, or at least 1, if fewer than 10 total units. Examples: 11 units = 1 inspection required, 26 units = 3 inspections required, 141 units = 14 inspections required, 267 units = 27 inspections required.
Multi-unit inspections will also cover any shared utilities or building-wide items that are included on the inspection checklist for multi-family/unit properties.
Review the entity registration application information. Any entity or person that will hold multiple licenses in Denver will only have to complete this application once.
Online training videos provide helpful and detailed overviews of the application process. They are on the Online Training Videos webpage. They show how to register for an account, how to complete licensed establishment and entity registration records, and how to apply for new business licenses or amendments.
Register for an account, if you haven't already, in Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center. For help, navigate to the online training videos and watch the guide for how to register for a new account.
During the process, a package will be assembled from the following three applications.
Licensed establishment application
This captures information about the location of the residential rental property. You will need to provide:
Entity registration application
This captures ownership information about the person or entity that will hold the license. Please note that if you are applying for multiple licenses with the same entity, you can use the same entity registration, and only need to complete this application piece once. You must provide:
An entity registration cannot be in the name of a trust. If a property is owned in trust, the entity should be registered under the trustee, a member of the trust or an appropriate LLC. Trustees or members of a trust should use “Sole Proprietor” as the entity type. If an LLC is applying for a property held in trust, use LLC as the entity type and submit according organizational documents.
Any entity or person that will hold multiple licenses in Denver will only have to complete this application once. You will receive an entity registration ID in lieu of this application in the application packages you will need to submit for other locations where you might have applicable licenses.
Residential rental property license application
If exempt from inspection, you will instead need to provide:
If you qualify by one of the referenced criteria and are applying for a fee exemption, you must submit the following with your application:
For more information, see "Fee exemption" on the property owners and managers webpage.
In Denver’s Online Permitting and Licensing Center:
This will begin the application process.
You can save and resume within 30 days any time during the process. After 30 days, you must start again.
Go to the Online Training Videos webpage to guide you.
After the online application is complete, you will be prompted to submit fees in the online portal. These can be paid with a bank account or a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover card.
(Application fees are reduced through 2022. The fee will go up to $50 on Jan. 1, 2023 for multiunit properties. Single unit property application fees are reduced through 2023.)
Based on the number of dwelling units
If applying for a fee exemption as a qualifying entity, see "Fee exemption" on the property owners and managers webpage.
Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make changes or corrections until your application is reviewed.
License must be displayed
Excise and Licenses will email a professional license to all licensees. This license (or a clear picture of it) must always be displayed.
Requirement to keep contact information up to date
File an online amendment application to notify the Department of any contact information changes (place of business, onsite manager, etc.). These updates must be filed within 72 hours of the change.
Requirement to renew annually
Professional licenses expire annually. It is unlawful to operate with an expired license. Renewal applications must be filed online before a license expires.
To update your contact information, ownership, or business name, go to the entity registration webpage to find out how to submit those applications.
To update your on-site manager, go to the licensed establishment webpage to find out how to submit those applications.
A new license is required if ownership changes.
Denver Revised Municipal Code
Required disclosures 27-215
Still have questions about applying for a residential rental license? We recommend checking our FAQ as well as our online training videos. If you still need help, you can now schedule a 30 minute appointment to discuss your questions.
For questions related to Americans with Disabilities Act standards and rental units, see more information on the ADA government website.
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