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Residential Rental Certificate of Use

​If your property is located in a city in Broward County, you must contact that city for its Certificate of Use program.  The BMSD Certificate of Use application only applies if your property is in Unincorporated Broward County, also known as BMSD.  Locate your city code enforcement office by address search or clickable map.

​​​Landlord Registration and Residential Rental Inspection Ordinance

In order to encourage proactive compliance with property maintenance standards, protect property values, preserve the quality of BMSD neighborhoods and prevent blight, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved The Landlord Registration and Residential Rental Property Inspection Program Ordinance 2013-28 on June 11, 2013. 

Code Inspectors spend much of their time investigating complaints from neighbors and tenants of rental properties regarding:

  •  Poor property maintenance

  • Substandard living conditions

  • Absentee landlords that cannot be readily contacted

This program establishes an annual Residential Rental Certificate of Use ​registration, which allows us:

  •  ​The ability to contact landlords, or their designee

  • Quicker assistance to address health and safety violations, minimum housing code complaints or emergency situations at residential rental units

Persons who lease or rent a residential rental unit to a tenant or lessee are required to obtain a Certificate of Use and pass an exterior property inspection prior to entering into any lease, agreement, or renewal for the unit. This applies to properties that are located within the BMSD. In order to obtain a Certificate of Use, an application along with the $75 annual registration fee must be submitted. A code enforcement officer will perform an exterior property inspection and an inspection report will be provided to the applicant indicating any outstanding code violations and lot-clearing liens or bills.

  • New Application
  • Annual Renewals
    • Renewal of the application is required annually
    • Code Enforcement Section will contact the Owner listed on the previous application/renewal to start the renewal process
  • Changes
    • Changes to application, including change of ownership, must be completed within 30 days
  • ePermits login​
    • Search for Certificate of Use, make changes, pay fees

Failure to register and have the required Certificate of Use may result in civil penalties for the property owner or landlord.​


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