Rental Licensing Program

The City of Champlin has a rental licensing and inspections program to ensure that rental property doesn't become a blight on neighborhoods. Poorly maintained or poorly managed rental property can be a disincentive for homeowners to reinvest in their properties. Owning and operating rental housing is a business and the City requires owners of rental property to secure a license to operate that business. As a part of the license requirement, an inspection is done to ensure the property is safe, secure and sanitary not only for the tenant but for the community.

All residential rental property in Champlin is required to be licensed annually and inspected on a regular schedule. The Code Enforcement Officer licenses and inspects rental properties in the Community. For more information or questions contact Rebecca McMahon.

Rental Density Cap Ordinance

On June 27, 2022, the Champlin City Council adopted a rental density ordinance stating in any R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, or MS Zoning district, no more than 10% of single-family lots on any block shall be eligible to obtain a rental license. The ordinance became effective on July 5, 2022. Highlights of the ordinance include:

  • If the number of rental properties exceeds the permitted number of rental properties per a defined block on the effective date of the ordinance, no additional rental licenses shall be approved for the subject block unless a temporary license is granted by the City Council.
  • Existing rental licenses may be renewed; however, should a rental license not be renewed, terminated due to the sale of a property by the current license holder, transfer of property ownership occurs, or if the rental license is revoked or lapses, a new rental license shall not be issued unless it is in conformance with the ordinance language and other applicable sections of the city code.

Landlords & Tenants Booklet

The Minnesota State Attorney General has a booklet for landlords and tenants titled Landlord and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities. This booklet can be downloaded and printed at no charge.

Online Payments

The City is now accepting online rental license applications and online payments.