Rental Registration & Inspection


It is the purpose of the City of Edwardsville Rental Registration and Inspection Program to assure that rental housing in the City is maintained in a good, safe and sanitary condition and does not create a nuisance or blighted conditions to its surroundings, and to aid in the enforcement of the property maintenance code, building safety code, zoning ordinance, and other relevant provisions of the City Code or all applicable residential rental units within the City.


This program requires the mandatory annual registration and payment of a fee for all rental properties in the City limits of Edwardsville. The fees are as follows:


Please click on the following link to register your rental property online.

Online Rental Property Registration

Change in Ownership - Deregister Rental Property

The City of Edwardsville requires you to notify our office if there are "Changes in Ownership" of a rental property within 30 days. If the property is no longer rental we can adjust our records so you are no longer required to register the property on an annual basis. If the property changes ownership and is still rental, the new owner is required to update the ownership information. There will be no additional registration fee for the remaining period of the annual registration. Complete a Deregistration Form to notify our office of ownership changes. 

Rental Registration and Inspection Schedule of Fees

Structure Annual Fee
Single Family or Mobile Home - per building $40
Duplexes - $60 per building; $30 per unit $60
Multi-family (3 plus units) - per unit $25
Late Registration Fee 
     (incomplete Registrations and Payments received on or after February 1st - non-negotiable)
1st Re-Inspection Free
Subsequent Re-Inspection (s) $75


  • Duplex Housing
  • Multi-family (3+ units) Housing
  • Properties where the Owner is still an occupant such as room rentals and temporary leases
  • Single Family Housing or Mobile Homes


  • Hotels / Motels
  • Nursing Homes
  • Public Housing - owned by a Governmental Agency
  • University Certified Housing


Under the new program, the City will schedule an appointment to inspect all rental properties. A "Safe Housing Inspection Checklist" is available online as a guide for your use as well as "What to Expect During an Inspection." We encourage you to walk through your rental properties and verify that the items on the Inspection Checklist have been addressed to ensure safety for your tenants and to protect your investment.

Safe Housing Inspection

The Rental Inspection Coordinator will contact the property owner or agent to schedule a Safe Housing Inspection. If you would like to request an inspection prior to being notified, please feel free to contact us at 618-692-2331. We can typically schedule an inspection same day or within 3 business days of your request. If you have a tenant in the unit, we request they have five (5) days notice prior to the inspection (unless you have other arrangements with your tenant).  

Other Reasons for Inspections

Inspections may be initiated by tenant or neighbor complaints about a particular structure or area of rental properties, and / or as indicated by Fire and Police calls for service, public complaints made to elected or appointed officials having municipal or other legal jurisdiction or exterior nuisance complaints about a structure or area.

Construction Permits & Inspections

Permits are required for major repairs, some interior renovations and other maintenance activities as deemed necessary by the Building Official.

Please contact the Public Works Department at 618-692-7535 to verify if a permit is necessary.

Permits and inspections are necessary to ensure the health and safety of the citizens and to ensure that all work performed is done in a workmanlike manner

Effective Dates

The program was approved by the City Council on November 19, 2013, with an effective date of January 1, 2014. An Amendment to reduce Late Registration Fees, Re-inspection Fees, and provide a grace period for annual registration fees was approved on October 3, 2018 with an effective date of October 12, 2018. 

Owner Responsibility of City Utility Bills

Section 118-98 (a) of the City’s Codified Ordinances states that the occupant shall be primarily responsible for payment for utility service (water, sewer, and trash) at such premises; however, the owner of the premises shall be responsible for payment for the service if the occupant fails to pay. Such service is furnished to the premises by the city only upon the condition that the occupant of the premises shall be liable therefore to the city.

Local Contact Representatives

Property owners who reside outside of Madison County and are unavailable to respond to an emergency on a 24 hour per day basis are required to have a “Local Contact Representative” who can be available to attend inspections and respond to notices on the owner’s behalf. This person may be your property manager, a friend or relative or your tenant. A space is provided on the registration form for the Local Contact Representative’s contact information and signature.

More Information

Questions may be emailed to Rental and Registration Inspection or call 618-692-2331 during normal business hours.

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