Rental Licensing & Inspections

City of Janesville requires that all rental properties acquire a rental license issued by the City. The intent of the rental license ordinance is to (1) promote the health, safety, and welfare of the general public; (2) assure preservation of the existing housing supply; (3) help maintain property values; (4) work toward eliminating substandard and deteriorating rental housing; and (5) maintain a living environment that contributes to healthful individual and family living.

To acquire a rental license, each property must:

  • Submit the rental license application;
  • Submit the appropriate license fee;
  • Schedule a rental inspection to be conducted and approved by the City Building Official.

When all the requirements have been met, the rental license will be issued for a period of three (3) years.  Each new tenant is required to conduct a criminal background check with the Janesville Police Department.


Certain rights and duties apply to landlords and tenants everywhere in Minnesota. The link provided above provides a summary of the laws that govern the landlord-tenant relationship.  The City of Janesville encourages all landlord-tenant civil matters to be resolved between the concerning parties before pursuing legal counsel.