Apply for a Rental License

In November, 2019, the City of Hartford enacted a new Housing Code containing a Rental Licensing Program (RLP), which required that owners of residential properties obtain a separate Rental License for each building covered by the RLP. The program was implemented in phases, beginning in July, 2021. However, in February, 2023, the Rental License Program ordinance was amended to extend application deadlines for the various buildings covered by the RLP. The new application submission deadlines are below.

The granting of a Rental License depends upon the owner’s submission of an application with all required documents, fees, and successful building inspections by the City of Hartford. A Rental License covers the entire building, and replaces the requirement of obtaining a Certificate of Apartment Occupancy (CAO) for any unit therein. Before the expiration of a current Rental License, a renewal application for a new Rental License must be submitted. 

Online

Determine Submission Deadline 

Rental Structure Type

Rental Licensing Application Submission

Rental Licensing Cost

Duration of License

Dwelling Units 40 or more per Building

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$60, plus $40 per Unit

4 Years

Hotel/Motel

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$200, plus $30 per Unit

4 Years

Rooming House

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$500 (1 to 6 Units)

$750 (7 to 12 Units)

$1,000 (more than 12 Units)

4 Years

Group Living

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$200 plus $30 per Unit

4 Years

Dwelling Units 10 to 39 per Building

July 1, 2024 through October 31, 2024

$60, plus $45 per Unit

4 Years

Dwelling Units 4 to 9 per Building

July 1, 2025 through October 31, 2025

$60, plus $50 per Unit

4 Years

3 Dwelling Units except where owner-occupied

July 1, 2026 through October 31, 2026

$60, plus $50 per Unit

4 Years

*Any of the above buildings in Citation for five (5) or more Housing Code violations may be advanced into the RLP upon demand at any time earlier than otherwise required. 

Complete Online Application

Complete the relevant application below and submit all required attachments, supplemental materials, and fees.

Rental License Application


Important Notes

Remember - A separate application and fee must be submitted for each building.

Penalties - Failure to submit a rental license application within the required period will subject the owner to a penalty of one thousand dollars ($1000) added to the application fee. Operating without a required Rental License is a violation of the Hartford Housing Code, which can result in daily fines per unit, and other penalties as set forth in the City of Hartford Housing Code. 

For further information, please see the Notice to Owners of Rental Properties under Related Information on this page.

Questions: Please email RentalLicensing@Hartford.gov.

Mail Submission

Step 1.Determine Submission Deadline

Rental Structure Type

Rental Licensing Application Submission

Rental Licensing Cost

Duration of License

Dwelling Units 40 or more per Building

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$60, plus $40 per Unit

4 Years

Hotel/Motel

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$200, plus $30 per Unit

4 Years

Rooming House

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$500 (1 to 6 Units)

$750 (7 to 12 Units)

$1,000 (more than 12 Units)

4 Years

Group Living

July 1, 2023 through October 31, 2023

$200 plus $30 per Unit

4 Years

Dwelling Units 10 to 39 per Building

July 1, 2024 through October 31, 2024

$60, plus $45 per Unit

4 Years

Dwelling Units 4 to 9 per Building

July 1, 2025 through October 31, 2025

$60, plus $50 per Unit

4 Years

3 Dwelling Units except where owner-occupied

July 1, 2026 through October 31, 2026

$60, plus $50 per Unit

4 Years

*Any of the above buildings in Citation for five (5) or more Housing Code violations may be advanced into the RLP upon demand at any time earlier than otherwise required. 

 

Step 2.Mail Complete Application and Required Attachments

Complete the relevant application below and submit all required attachments, supplemental materials, and fees. Please mail applications to: Division of Licenses and Inspections, 260 Constitution Plaza, 1st Floor, Hartford, Connecticut 06103. 

Application for Dwelling Unit Rental License - Building Containing 10 to 39 Residential Units(PDF, 222KB)

Application for Dwelling Unit Rental License - Building Containing 10-39 Residential Units - Condominiums(PDF, 224KB)

Application for Dwelling Unit Rental License - Building Containing 40 or More Residential Units(PDF, 221KB)

Application for Dwelling Unit Rental License - Building Containing 40 or More Residential Units - Condominiums(PDF, 222KB)

Application for Group Living and Residential Care Facilities(PDF, 218KB)

Application for Rooming House(PDF, 217KB)

Rental Licensing Program Application for Hotel License(PDF, 218KB)


IMPORTANT NOTES

Remember - A separate application and fee must be submitted for each building.

Penalties - Failure to submit a rental license application within the required period will subject the owner to a penalty of one thousand dollars ($1000) added to the application fee. Operating without a required Rental License is a violation of the Hartford Housing Code, which can result in daily fines per unit, and other penalties as set forth in the City of Hartford Housing Code. 

For further information, please see the Notice to Owners of Rental Properties under Related Information on this page.

Questions: Please email RentalLicensing@Hartford.gov.