Rental Information & Application

Rental Application (pdf)

Rental certification is issued every two years and is effective from January 1st of year one through December 31st of year two.

Rental Fees and Application Deadlines

  • Total rental fee is $44.00 per unit unless there are more than 6 units per building.

  • Rental Registration fee is $24/unit for two years.
  • Inspection fee is $20/unit up to a maximum of 6 units per building.
  • Rentals are biennial.
  • If your last name or dba (doing business as) name is in the A - L range you need to renew for 2020-2021 and applications are due December 31, 2019
  • If your last name or dba name is in the M - Z range you are already renewed for 2019-2020.
  • Applications and fee are due by December 31, 2019

  • If applications are postmarked after December 31, 2019 there will be a $36 late fee per unit. Total late rental fee is $80.00 per unit, which includes the rental registration fee of $60.00 and the inspection fee of $20/unit. 
  • Please set up your inspection by March 31, 2020.
  • We do one inspection every two years unless it fails to pass code requirements.
  • If your first inspection failed you will have to schedule a re-inspection and pay a $20 re-inspection fee per unit.
  • The number of days to repair incompliant issues is determined by the inspector.

Checks made out to: City of Saint Peter

Mail completed rental application and fee to:

City of Saint Peter 
Attn: Building Department
227 S. Front St. 
Saint Peter, MN 56082 

Property owners in the City of Saint Peter can protect themselves from unanticipated utility assessments.
Utility Assessment Policy

For questions or inquiries please contact the Building Department at 507-934-0662


Rental Procedures

The following is a general listing of the procedure to follow to obtain a City of Saint Peter rental certificate:

  1. Obtain a Rental Certificate Application from the Building Department or from the city website for each BUILDING that you plan to rent.
  2. Return the completed application(s), along with the appropriate fee(s), for each RENTAL UNIT, to the Building Department .
  3. Schedule an inpection with the Building Inspector.
Before a Rental Certificate can be issued each RENTAL UNIT must be inspected by the Building Inspector, accompanied by the owner or his/her agent. If there are any necessary repairs and/or improvements noted, they must be completed before a Rental Certificate will be issued for the proposed RENTAL UNIT(S). Following is a list of some of the items the Building Inspector will be checking for:
  • The presence and proper placement of smoke detector(s) (1 each level, 1 each bedroom, and 1 outside bedroom(s))
  • The presence of a fire extinguisher (of the proper type) in each rental unit
  • Two exits from each sleeping area (Door and egress window).
  • Adequate light and ventilation.
  • Proper ceiling height (7’ 0” minimum).
  • The amount of habitable space in relationship to the projected occupancy.
  • Safe and properly maintained heating and ventilation equipment
  • Proper sanitary facilities
  • Safe and properly maintained electrical and plumbing services
  • Overall structural safety
  •  Handrails and guardrails on stairways and porches at the proper heights
  • Appliances in good working condition
  • Proper weather protection
  • Proper slope away from building for adequate drainage
  • The number of tenants residing in the unit
  • Doors with locks that provide for tenant’s security
  • The number of off-street parking spaces (two per unit)
  • Proposed unit location is in compliance with existing zoning ordinance
  • Check the seals on electric and water meters
  • Condition of property access, alley, and sidewalks
  • Abandoned auto(s), appliances, etc.
  • Check plumbing for proper backflow protection
The above list should NOT be considered complete. Rather, it is the City’s intention to provide prospective landlords with a general list of areas and items to be inspected. In addition, most alteration or repair work will require obtaining a building permit from the City of Saint Peter Building Department. Contact the Building Department to determine the type of work requiring building permits.
Rental certification is issued every two years and is effective from January 1st of year one through December 31st of year two. Close to the end of the two year period, but prior to December 31st, a new application must be obtained, filled out, and submitted along with the appropriate fee for re-certification for the next period. The Building Department conducts a re-inspection every two years as well.

The Building Department can be contacted at 507-934-0662 to schedule an inspection.


Rental Excerpt from City Code


State of MN – Tenants & Landlords Rights and Responsibilities