Rental Inspection Program

The City of Storm Lake established a rental housing program in 1999 with the goal of providing safe, sanitary housing for the residents of Storm Lake by establishing minimum standards and ongoing inspections for all rental housing units in Storm Lake.

The regulations for this program are set out in the Storm Lake City Code, Chapter 5-8.

The Rental Housing Inspection Program is administered by the City of Storm Lake Building Official's office with direction from the City Manager.

Registration of Rental Properties
All rental housing in the City of Storm Lake shall be registered on an annual basis. Annual registration shall be required so as to be able to provide and ensure that the City has the most current contact and ownership information. Annual registration bills will be sent to the property owner of the registered rentalunit by July 15th and due by August 31st of each year.

Rental Registration Fees:
Base Registration Fee (Structure and 1 unit)- $15.00
Additional unit in excess of 1 (per unit)- $ 7.00

Rental Registration Fees (proof of attending training session)
Base Registration Fee (structure and 1 unit)- $10.00
Additional unit in excess of 1 (per unit)- $ 5.00

Registration of new and/or converted property or property which changes ownership shall be completed within 30 days of such activity.

Annual Training Program
As a part of the annual rental registration process, the Building Official's office shall provide for three separate landlord training sessions intended to provide property owners with information about the program including, but not limited to, common violations, changes in the rental housing code, and allow for feedback from the landlords.

Landlords attending the training sessions will qualify for a reduced registration fee.