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Rental Registration

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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 and all multifamily rental buildings.

Rental Registration Form  (printable form)

Renew and pay Rental Registration on line with a credit, debit card or bank account at:

If you are an owner who resides in a single family home for which you received a registration statement and invoice, please return your Annual Rental Registration form with the Owner Information section completed. Please include a copy of your most recent water utility bill. We will then verify the information you provide and change our records accordingly. 

If you own a two dwelling unit building that is currently being utilized as a single family home or where each unit is owned and occupied separately as an individual residence, please download the Affidavit of Occupancy for Rental Registration Exemption form from this link. Please complete the affidavit and the Annual Rental Registration form with the Owner Information section completed.  The affidavit can also be completed and submitted online. Go to:

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 fill out this form Affidavit for Scheduled Inspection Exemption, and either mail it to our office at the City of Evanston - Health & Human Services Department, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, fax it to 847-448-8133,  or fill out and submit online  Affidavit of Occupancy , or hand it in to 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


An amnesty period from March-May 31, 2019 has been given to register your property. Failure to register your property within this period will attract a fine of $75-$375 for renting an unregistered unit. 

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.

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.  

Pursuant to Ordinance 141-O-08 of Chapter 8, Title 5 of the City Code, any rental property must be registered with the City of Evanston, Health Department, Property Standards Division, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201. 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. 

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.





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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