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Rental Licensing

Rental Regulations
The City Council passed an ordinance in November 2007 requiring all single family residences used as rental properties in the City of Sugar Land to be licensed and inspected by the city. In July 2009, the City Council amended the ordinance to include multifamily rental properties. The City of Sugar Land ’s primary concern is to gain compliance with our regulations relating to the safe occupancy of property and ensure that rental properties are conforming to the same property maintenance standards as owner occupied homes within the city. 

Rental Property Owner Requirements
If you own any rental property in Sugar Land, as the property owner you will have to meet a few requirements under the city’s rental program including:

  • Annually filing an application for a rental license and paying $87 licensing fee
    • Effective January 1, 2015 the rental license fee increased to $87
  • Maintaining your property in compliance with all city codes relating to health, sanitation, and property maintenance
  • Remedying any violation of city codes found on your property
  • Not renting your unit to a registered sex offender if the unit is within 2500 feet of an area designated as a child area under Article XI, Chapter 3 of the Sugar Land Code of Ordinances

You will need to submit an application and pay the fee as soon as possible. Applications can be submitted online through the rental application system, or by printing the application for a rental license and submitting it in person at City Hall or by mail. Owners of unlicensed rental properties can be fined up to $500 a day for each day that the unit is rented without a license. Water service will not be provided to rental properties without a license.

As soon as the city receives your application, we will conduct an inspection of the exterior and grounds of your property to ensure that it is in compliance with all of the city’s health, sanitation, and property maintenance codes. If no violations are found, the city will issue a license to continue operating your property as a rental unit. If violations are discovered, the city will work with you to establish a schedule for the remediation of the violations and the issuance of a rental license.

Additional Information
The city is committed to working with you to ensure that your property complies with all applicable standards. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Rental Licensing Program at 281-275-2785.


  • Rental License Application (This document can be printed, completed and submitted to our office).
  • Online Rental License Application
  • Guide for Tenants, Landlords, and the Community Handbook

  • This is Sugar Land