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Residential Rental Inspection Program 

Stockton Police Department - Neighborhood Services Unit

Inspections of all residential rental units throughout the city of Stockton are mandatory and must comply with Stockton Municipal Code, Section 8.32 - Residential Rental Unit Inspection and Maintenance.  The purpose of the Ordinance is to proactively identify blighted and deteriorated housing and ensure the rehabilitation or elimination of housing that does not meet minimum building or housing code standards and/or exterior or site maintenance standards. It is the goal of this program to create a healthy, safe, and crime-free environment, and further preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents living in residential rental units within the city of Stockton.


The Neighborhood Services Unit began enforcement of the Residential Rental Inspection Ordinance in December 2006.  All residential units within the city of Stockton will be inspected at least once every five years by City of Stockton Neighborhood Services Section.


The inspections are conducted in all areas associated with the rental property including, but not limited to:

  • Parking lots
  • Driveways
  • Landscaping
  • Accessory structures
  • Fences
  • Walls
  • Swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas

Hotels, motels, bed and breakfast businesses, and similar occupancies are exempt from the Ordinance. Newly constructed multi-family residential units of four or more units are exempt for a period of five years from the date the Building Permit is finalized by the City of Stockton Building Division. Subsidized residential rental units are also exempt when they are inspected and pass an annual inspection by a governmental agency.  If your home is not a rental, or you qualify for one of the exemptions explained, please submit a Homeowners Declaration Form to Neighborhood Services.RentInspectionMap


The map indicates which areas will be inspected by program years.  A larger and printable version of the map is available on the web site: Residential Rental Inspection Map (PDF)

  • The pink area is Quadrant 1 and those properties were inspected in 2012
  • The blue area is Quadrant 2 and those properties will be inspected in 2013
  • The yellow area is Quadrant 3 and those properties will be inspected in 2014
  • The green area is Quadrant 4 and those properties will be inspected in 2015/2016


The Rental Inspection Ordinance allows for a self-certification of qualified properties. The property owner or designated management entity inspects the property and certifies under penalty of perjury that the property meets the minimum code requirements as listed on the Residential Rental Inspection Program Self-Certification Affidavit (PDF) from the documents link on the left side of this page.


The self-certification option benefits the property owner through reduced fees and fewer on-site inspections by City inspectors. Property owners who do not wish to participate in the Self-Certification Program will receive a Notice of Intent to Inspect at least 21 days prior to the inspection date.

Where code violations are identified at the initial inspection, property owners will be given adequate time to correct the deficiencies, which will depend on the nature and number of violations. Normal compliance time ranges from 10 to 30 days. However, where a dangerous condition is found to exist, (e.g., hazardous electrical wiring or lack of adequate sanitation), corrections may have to be completed within 24 to 48 hours and, in rare cases, compliance procedures may result in the premises being vacated, utility services disconnected, and tenants relocated at the owner's expense until all violations have been abated.


If you have received a rental mailing or notification of a rental inspection, and your home is not a rental, please submit the Homeowner's Declaration Form.


If you need additional information, please visit the Contact Us page from the link on the left.



External Links

Stockton Municipal Code 8.32 - Residential Rental Unit Inspection and Maintenance

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 8/13/2012