Rental Housing

Requirements for the City of Ankeny rental housing registration and inspection program are outlined in the Property Maintenance and Housing Code, Chapter 177 of the Municipal Code.

This important program is designed to ensure that rental housing meets certain minimum standards. It applies to all structures located within the City.

All rental units are required to be registered and inspected by City staff on a regular basis to ensure compliance with this Code.

Regular inspections of rental dwelling units are required:

  • Every three years for multiple-family units
  • Every three years for unattached single-family units
  • Every three years for duplexes

Rental Housing Certificate

Use our convenient online portal to apply for your rental certificate online. Need help? View directions (PDF) or contact us at

2021 Adopted Property Maintenance and Housing Code Effective Jan. 1, 2022

Changes in Ownership or Status

Please report changes in ownership or status to us directly at