Rental Housing

NOTICE: Potential Code Change

Community Development is in the process of updating Title 8, Chapter 11 - Rental Housing License of the Muscatine City Code, which will affect all rental properties within the City Limits.  The draft may be viewed here.  Please contact Community Development, 563.262.4141, with any concerns or comments pertaining to this code change.

Rental Housing Code

Iowa State law requires all cities with a population of over 15,000 to enact and enforce a rental housing inspection program.

The City of Muscatine's Housing Code is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life or limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the use, occupancy, and maintenance of all residential buildings and related structures within the city.  Per the Housing Code all residential rental properties must be registered and inspected on a regular basis by the City of Muscatine.  

Rental Housing Property Registration

Each rental property must apply individually for the Rental Facility License and Rental Unit Registrations.  The Rental Facility License is renewed triennially with no applicable fees.  The Rental Unit Registration is renewed annually for a fee of $30 per unit.

Rental Housing Inspections

All rental properties located within the City of Muscatine are required to be inspected triennially by a Community Services Officer for compliance with the Housing Code.  During the interim years between the triennial inspection, a Self-Inspection is required to be completed by the owner/agent of the rental property.

Type of Inspection
Inspection Fee
Triennial InspectionNo Fee
First Re-inspectionNo Fee
Second Re-inspection
Administrative Fee
$60
$25
3rd Re-inspection
Administrative Fee
$120
$25
No-Show Appointments
Administrative Fee
$60
$25

Change in Ownership / Management

Please notify the Community Development Department at 563.262.4141 of any change in ownership or management.

Rental Forms and Additional Information

Rental Facility License and Rental Unit Registration Application

Self-Inspection Form

Rental Housing Program Presentation 2.25.2019