Residential Rental Inspection Program
Stockton Police Department - Neighborhood Services Unit
Inspections of all residential rental units in the city of Stockton are mandatory and must comply with Stockton Municipal Code 8.32 - Residential Rental Unit Inspection and Maintenance.
This Ordinance allows:
- proactive identification of blight and deteriorated housing and
- ensures the rehabilitation or elimination of housing below
- minimum building or housing code standards and/or
- exterior or site maintenance standards.
The program helps create a healthy, safe, and crime-free environment to preserve and enhance the quality of life in residential rental units within the city of Stockton.
The Neighborhood Services Unit began enforcement of this 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.
Inspections are conducted in all areas associated with the rental property including but not limited to:
- Parking lots
- Accessory structures
- Swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas
- Hotels, motels, bed and breakfast businesses, and similar occupancies.
- Newly constructed multi-family residential units of four or more units 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 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, please submit a Homeowners Declaration Form to Neighborhood Services.
The map shows inspection areas by program years.
Larger print version: Residential Rental Inspection Map
- Pink: Quadrant 1; properties inspected in 2012
- Blue: Quadrant 2; properties to be inspected in 2013
- Yellow: Quadrant 3; properties to be inspected in 2014
- Green: Quadrant 4; properties to be inspected in 2015/2016
The Rental Inspection Ordinance allows for a self-certification of qualified properties. The property owner or designated management inspects the property and certifies under penalty of perjury that the property meets the minimum code requirements listed on the Residential Rental Inspection Program Self-Certification Affidavit (PDF).
The self-certification option helps reduce 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.
When code violations are identified at the initial inspection, property owners are given adequate time to correct the deficiencies depending 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. 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.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 7/1/2015