Contact Information:

Department of Community Development
6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 431-3670

Email Planning Division

Email Building Division

Email Permit Center

Welcome to the Rental Housing Program

Dear Owners, Property Managers, and Tenants: 

We want to let you know about some temporary changes to operations at the City of Tukwila.  In order to help reduce the transmission of the coronavirus; keep our community safe; and align with the orders of the Governor and King County Executive, the City has moved many functions to a Virtual City Hall. City staff are available during business hours via phone and email.  Many City services, including applying for a new Rental License are now available online. 

Currently, City Hall is not open.  In-person applications or renewals cannot be processed until further notice.

We understand that this change can be difficult. The City wants to continue to support your needs, while work to keep our community members safe.  As the situation continues to develop, additional changes in City operations may be needed.  We will continue to communicate any additional operational changes as they arrive.

Please email if you have any questions or concerns.


All rental units in Tukwila are required to be licensed and inspected.  To check the status of your rental unit or unit that you are interested in renting, please contact the Rental Housing Program at 206-431-3674.


Owners and Property Managers:

Licensing Your Rental Property

In order to ensure safe and healthy housing for tenants, Tukwila requires all owners of residential rental property to obtain an annual Rental Business License and an inspection of every unit once every four years. This applies to large multi-family developments all the way down to single-family houses, condominiums and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU or “mother-in-law” apartments) which are rented to tenants. All rental business licenses expire on December 31st each year and must be renewed annually.

To apply for a Rental Business License please click here. You will be taken to our NEW Community Engagement Portal. You will need to create a new user profile and then you will be able to apply for a rental license. Please contact the rental housing program with any questions. You can reach us either by email at or by phone at 206-431-2164.

An initial inspection of the property and each unit is required as part of the license approval process. For more information about how to obtain a Rental Business License please contact the Rental Housing Program at 206-431-3674.

Tenants may contact the City to determine if the rental property they are occupying is properly registered and up to date on inspections by calling 206-431-3674.

2020 Rental Business License Fees:
  • $75 for properties with up to four units
  • $195 for properties with five to 20 units
  • $245 for properties with 21 to 50 units
  • $305 for properties with 51 or more units
*Late fees apply.

Rental Unit Inspections

A rental inspection of each rental unit is required prior to initial tenant occupancy and once every four years thereafter. The inspection year is assigned at the time of registration and is based on geographic location.

Rental properties located in ZONE 2 will be due for an inspection by September 30th, 2020.

Click HERE for an inspection zone map.

The purpose of the inspections is to insure that all rental units are safe, healthy and suitable for occupancy. The inspectors check for properly working door locks, functional appliances, windows that are intact and that open, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, adequate emergency escape routes, and other items. Click HERE for a copy of the inspection checklist used for these inspections.

Rental inspections for small properties (up to four units) may be performed by either a city inspector or a private inspector meeting certain qualifications and pre-approved by the City.  Inspections of larger complexes must be performed by a private inspector.  A private inspector must have at least one of the following credentials:

  • Washington State Licensed Architect
  • Washington State License Home Inspector
  • Certified AACE Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector
  • Certified ICC Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector
  • Certified ICC Residential Building Code Inspector

A list of approved private inspectors can be found HERE.  If you wish to hire a private inspector NOT on this list, contact the City of Tukwila (206-431-3674) to obtain approval BEFORE the inspections are conducted.

The 2020 inspection fee for inspections performed by City inspectors is $60/unit. Units that are occupied by a Section 8 tenant are exempt from the City inspection requirements, however the owner must submit documentation regarding current Section 8 occupancy. Section 8 unit owners must still obtain an annual business license.

*Late fees apply.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Effective 2017 all multi-family rental properties with 2 or more units are required to provide documentation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program by completing the IPM Documentation Worksheet.
For more information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) check out this IPM Guide for Affordable Housing and watch the IPM videos on this page.

For additional IPM Resources click here.

For more information, please call 206-431-3674 or via email to