In October 2003, the Tacoma City Council adopted legislation that recognized the rental of real estate as a business activity. This recognition began in January 2004.
Purpose of Rental Business License
It has been statistically demonstrated that some rental facilities are responsible for a disproportionate share of police and emergency medical calls for service and blighted property conditions. The license fee provides revenues to the City’s general fund to support crime prevention training, education, inspection, and code enforcement services. Licensing is also a tool to hold property owners accountable for conditions and activities on their properties.
Rental Business License FAQs
Provisional Rental Property License Effective January 1, 2012
Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 6B.165
Ordinance 27967 amending Title 6B of the Tacoma Municipal Code added new Chapter 6B.165, Provisional Rental Property.
The Tacoma City Council finds that rental housing is a valuable community asset, providing homes for all income levels. The City recognizes that quality rental housing is a partnership between owners, tenants, and the City. The City finds that three to five percent of homes in Tacoma are below the minimum building standards and appear to violate RCW 59.18.060.
As a result, to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens and the maintenance of quality rental housing for Tacoma citizens, the City Council is establishing a residential provisional rental property license program to prevent and correct conditions in residential rental units that adversely affect or are likely to adversely affect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. It is the purpose of this section to assure that rental housing within the City is actively operated and maintained in compliance with RCW 59.18.060. Providing for a provisional rental property license is intended to address that small percentage of housing that endangers renters and bring that housing into compliance with state law.
Provisional Rental Property License FAQs
For additional information, contact the Tax and License Department at (253) 591-5252.