Inspectors and inspections

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

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Required inspector qualifications

  • 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 list

  • 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.  

Determine how many inspections are needed

  • For single-unit properties, an inspection of the unit (if detached) or property (if attached) is required.
  • For multiunit 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 to the nearest whole number, or at least one, if fewer than 10 total units. Examples: 11 units  equals one inspection required, 26 units equals three inspections required, 141 units equals 14 inspections required, 267 units equals 27 inspections required.

Multiunit inspections will also cover any shared utilities or building wide items that are included on the inspection checklist for multifamily/unit properties.

What will the inspections check for?

 

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 timeframe requirement

Applications for residential rental property licenses must be made within 90 days of a completed inspection to be considered valid. Reinspections must be completed and submitted within 90 days of application.