Rental Inspections

The City of Marshalltown is required by State law to administer a rental housing code. The City currently has two rental housing inspectors who conduct inspections. All rental units in Marshalltown must be registered with the City. Annual registration forms are mailed to property owners along with the invoice for rental registration fees. Rental units are inspected approximately every three years.

Units are inspected biennially (every 2 years) if they participate in the HUD Section 8 Program, this is a separate inspection from the City municipal inspection.

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October 10, 2022 the City Council directed staff to begin work on issuing an RFP for Rental Inspection Services and prepare for adoption of the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code. The following schedule was outlines in the Council meeting memo

  • 10/10/22 – Council Discussion – Propose update to the rental housing code to transition to the International Property Maintenance Code and move to contracted inspections.
  • 10/12/22 – Issue an RFP for Inspection Services
  • 10/15/22 – Notify active owners regarding upcoming changes/process
  • 10/24/22 – Council Discussion if needed
  • 11/2/22 – RFPs Due
  • 11/8-11/9 – Interviews/Review of RFPs
  • 11/14/22 – Award contract for Inspection Services
  • 11/14/22 – 1st Reading of proposed ordinance
  • 11/28/22 – 2nd Reading of proposed ordinance
  • 12/12/22 – 3rd Reading of proposed ordinance
  • 12/12/22 – Resolution adopting new/amended fees go into effect in part 1/1/23
  • 12/14/22 – Notify active owners of changes
  • 1/1/23 – New ordinance goes into effect along with transition to contracted inspections

Question related to the proposed changes can be directed to Michelle Spohnheimer, Housing & Community Development Director at

Annual Registration Rate Information

Payments may be made by mail to the City of Marshalltown, Accounts Receivable, 24 N. Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158, Dropped in the payment box outside City Hall or Pay Online by clicking the link below.

Please have the amount of your last payment to the City available in order to pay online. If you do not know that amount e-mail

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The 2022 Rental Registration Information is being mailed soon. General information is available online. Payments are due no later than 3:30 PM Thursday, May 19, 2022. 

2022 Rental Registration Information.

Rental registrations are billed based on the number of units per tax parcel. The 2022 Rate is the same as 2021, there have been no changes.

  • 1st Unit - $40 per year
  • 2nd Unit - $32 per year
  • 3rd through 12th Unit - $25 per year
  • All additional units over 12 - $20 per year

Example: 123 Main Street includes 20 rental units.

Fee is calculated as follows:

  • 1st Unit (1 x $40.00 = $40.00)
  • 2nd Unit (1 x $32.00 = $32.00)
  • 3rd-12th Units (10 x $25 = $250.00)
  • 13th Unit plus (8 x $20.00 = $160.00)
  • $40 + $32 + $250 + $160  =  $482 (the total fee for the building per year.)

The City will charge a late fee of $25 per parcel plus finance charges for late payments.

New Rental Property Application and Fee Information - Effective 5/1/18

All rental properties are required to be registered and inspected prior to occupancy in the City of Marshalltown. 

Effective May 1, 2018 the City of Marshalltown Rental Property Application Fees go into effect. 

  • Properties which are newly being used as a rental or new construction and are unoccupied at the time of application/inspection must complete the application form and submit the $50 application fee.
  • Properties which have been previously occupied as a rental property and not registered prior to the time of application/inspection must complete the application form and submit a $500 application fee.  

Changes in ownership of registered rental properties are not subject to the application fee. 

APPEAL REQUEST FORM - The following form may be used when requesting an appeal to various City codes. (i.e. Dangerous Building Notice)

Healthy Homes Information

The City incorporates the Healthy Homes principals into rental housing inspections. These are common environmental issues that can contribute to occupant health and safety. Hazards include things such as moisture and mold, trip hazards, fire safety concerns and lead based paint.

For more information on maintaining a healthy home visit any of the following websites.