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Rental Registration

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The City of Evanston Ordinance 141-O-18 requires the annual registration of residential rental property. The ordinance specifically applies to all rental single family homes, rental condominiums,  multifamily rental buildings, and accessory dwelling units

First time/new registration

If you are renting your property for the first time, please submit the following by mail to the City of Evanston - Health & Human Services Department, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.  

Registration renewal

If you have already registered your unit previously, you can easily renew and pay for your rental registration online:

Online registration renewal and payment 

Alternatively, you can also print the Rental Registration Form and mail it to the City of Evanston - Health & Human Services Department, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201


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Owner Occupied Units

Owner Occupied Single Family

Did you received a registration statement and invoice? Return your Annual Rental Registration form with the Owner Information section completed, and include a copy of your most recent water utility bill.  We will then verify the information you provide and change our records accordingly. 

Owner Occupied Two Dwelling buildings

For two dwelling unit building currently used as a single family home or where each unit is owned and occupied separately as an individual residence, please submit the Affidavit of Occupancy for Rental Registration Exemption online.

Alternatively, an  Affidavit of Occupancy for Rental Registration Exemption form  can be printed and submitted  along with the Annual Rental Registration form with the Owner Information section completed, by mail to the City of Evanston - Health & Human Services Department, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.

Owner Occupied Unit Inspection Exemption

If you are an owner that resides in one of the units that is scheduled for inspection and would like to exempt your owner occupied unit from the inspection, please  notify the inspector at the time of the inspection and your unit will be exempt from inspection. 
All other units, common areas and the exterior will be subject to inspection regardless of occupancy, or whether you collect rental payments from said occupants.

For additional information go to:  Property Maintenance Routine Inspection Process.


Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Rental Registration

What is an ADU?

Accessory dwelling units are units which are accessory to the primary use of the principal structure. Accessory dwelling units may be detached from the principal structure.

Do I need to register my ADU for rental?

Yes. On November 19, 2018, City Council approved ordinance 141-O-08, amending Title 5, Chapter 8 of the Registration of the Rental Registration Building to require a $200 fee for initial inspection and registration of existing dwelling units including accessory dwelling units (ADU's)/coach houses.   
Failure to register your rental property will attract a fine of $75-$375 for renting an unregistered unit. 

Register online: Accessory Dwelling Unit Rental Registration
Printable Form: Accessory Dwelling Unit Rental Registration

Applications submitted without the required documents will not be considered. Upon receipt of the application an invoice for the $200 application fee will be emailed to the applicant.  Review of the application and inspections will not take place until this fee has been remitted.

Properties exempt from rental registration

Properties exempt from rental registration include vacant buildings and lodging establishments already registered with the City of Evanston, buildings licensed and inspected by the State of Illinois or the Government, and buildings owned by governmental agencies or public housing authorities.




RENT Evanston is a city initiative to empower and connect landlords, property owners, and property managers in our city. RENT stands for Rental Empowerment, Networking, and Training. In addition to quarterly newsletters, the City will hold quarterly training sessions and discussions on topics relevant to property management and ownership.


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