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Rental Inspection Schedule and Documents

Rental Types


A long term rental is a building or portion of a building that is rented or leased to tenants for residential purposes on a non-transient basis for thirty (30) consecutive days or more which is owned in whole or in part by a landlord. 

To enroll your long-term rental please submit a completed Rental Property Registration Form.


A short-term rental is defined as a residential property that contains a dwelling unit or habitable portion thereof that is offered for hire for transient occupancy for periods of thirty (30) days or less.

Under the provisions of the Ordinance all owners of all Short-Term Rental (STR) units are required to obtain a Short-Term Rental Permit (Permit) and Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Certificate to use their property for STR purposes. Short term rentals are automatically enrolled in the Rental program.

Enoll Your Short Term Rental 


Adoption of 2015 International Property Maintenance Code

An important change to the rental program is the City’s adoption of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC). There are a few specifications that differ from the California code (such as swimming pool fence heights and railing heights) that council has amended. These are outlined in “Adopted Changes to the 2015 IPMC.



  • How do I find out if a property is a registered rental with the City?
  • What are the costs to the property owner?
  • What is the Self-Certification Program?
  • What is the rental housing inspection certification?
  • What happens after the inspection?
  • Will older rental dwelling units be forced to comply with today’s current codes?
  • What will the inspector be looking for?
  • Will each rental apartment or house be inspected?
  • How do I reschedule my rental inspection?
  • Does a City Rental Inspector have to inspect my rental(s)?
  • I just bought a residential property in Santa Cruz and I want to rent it out -now what?
  • Why do we have a Residential Rental Inspection Program (RRIP)?
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