Rental Registration

City Council adopted the new Rental Registration ordinance on October 16, 2018. The purpose of this ordinance is to require any residential single-family property, including duplexes and townhomes that are being used as a rental property to be registered and to adhere to established guidelines for maintenance and standards of care for the property.

This ordinance is intended to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the City and its residents by enforcing regulations regarding residential rental properties in the City through annual registration and periodic inspections.

Click here to view the Rental Registration ordinance.

  Click here to view the Rental Registration brochure.

Housing Units: Single Family, Two Family (Duplex) and Townhouse.

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  • Identify single-family (including duplexes and townhomes) residential rental properties citywide that are rented or leased for more than 30 days
  • Obtain property information and/or property manager/agent contact information for use by code enforcement and for emergency situations
  • Enhance partnerships and communication with property owners and tenants
  • Aid in housing stock preservation, maintenance and upgrades
  • Facilitate neighborhood stabilization, foster clean and safe rental properties without diminishing availability and affordability
  • Safeguard the life, health, safety, welfare and property of occupants by enforcement of minimum property standards

What’s Inspected

In accordance with applicable codes:

  • Unsafe Structure
  • Property Sanitation
  • Sidewalks and Driveways
  • Accessory Structure
  • Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas
  • Infestation Issues
  • Interior and Exterior Building Conditions
  • Water and Plumbing Systems
  • Sanitary Systems
  • Mechanical Equipment
  • Electrical and Fire Hazards


  • Ordinance requires all single-family, duplexes and townhouse properties to be registered with the City of Duncanville. $25 annual registration fee.
  • Rental Certificate of Occupancy (RCO) must be obtained.
  • Must receive a City Inspection at change of tenant or every two (2) years; whichever occurs first:
    • Inspection: $100
    • Re-Inspection: $100     
  • Interior and exterior inspections.
  • Must successfully meet the minimum standards set forth within the following:
    • New Ordinance No. 2340
    • International Property Maintenance Code, 2015
    • International Residential Code, 2015 -and-
    • Adhere to any other applicable State and Local laws, regulations and ordinances
  • No RCO will be issued until all taxes, liens, utility charges and outstanding code issues have been satisfied.
  • Owner must notify City of an eviction within 48 hours of service (owner must provide a plan for clean-up of any displaced personal property within 24 hours after eviction).
  • Failure to register a property will result in a Class C misdemeanor.
    • Amount not to exceed $2,000 (fine does not include any other applicable code violations).
  • Establish maximum occupancy for residential unit at time of registration (determined by both the 2015 Residential Property and 2015 Property Maintenance Codes).
  • Property manager/agent must reside and/or do business within the North Central Texas Council of Governments geographical area.