The City of St. Clair's Rental Occupancy Program was passed by the City Council in late 2012 and implemented in early 2013, the Rental Occupancy Program is designed to assist in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. This program consists of 3 main elements: Initial Rental Property Registration, Rental Property Inspection, and Tenant Registration. All elements must be completed by property owners prior to tenant occupancy. The Rental Occupancy Permit Application and Minimum Life Safety Standards Inspection Checklist can be found below.
Initial Rental Property Registration
Property owners must register their rental properties with the Building Department. This registration is required for new rental properties as well as existing rental properties when they undergo a change in ownership. There is a one-time fee of $5 for each rental unit. Rental Property Registration Form
Rental Property Inspection
Each rental unit must undergo a Minimum Life Safety Standards Inspection prior to occupancy by tenants. Each inspection is good for 1 year, however, if the same tenant occupies the unit for greater than 1 year, a new inspection will not be required until there is a change in tenancy. If the tenants do not stay an entire year, a new inspection will not be required unless the unit failed its previous first inspection attempt.
It should be noted that the Minimum Life Safety Standards Inspections are not comprehensive inspections, they do NOT constitute any guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding the present or future condition of the unit or premises. The inspection is limited to observations readily visible without moving or removing any item. Attics, crawl spaces, and appliances are not inspected. Furnishings are not moved. Concealed, internal, or hidden damage or defects may not be observed.
Inspection & 1 Re-Inspection (if needed): $25
Subsequent Inspections: $25 each ($30 with below-required tenant registration fees)
Any time there is a change in tenancy, the new tenants must be registered with the Building Department by the property owner/landlord. There is a $5 fee assessed each time new tenants are registered.
Property owners/landlords must provide tenant fees & tenant information when it becomes available, usually at the time of inspection or upon lease signing to the Building Department. Even if the property doesn't need an inspection, if there is a tenant change the $5.00 fee applies, as well as the requirement to update the information with the Building Department.
Application Submittal and Inspection Scheduling
Applications can be submitted to the Building Department in person at City Hall, by e-mail, by postal mail, or by fax. Fees may be paid via cash, check, or credit card. All fees must be paid and the application submitted prior to inspection scheduling*.
*some exceptions may apply
Amanda Fox @ ext.201
Phone: (636) 629-0333
Fax: (636) 629-6467
St. Clair City Hall
1 Paul Parks Dr
St. Clair, MO 63077
UPDATED 03/2023 AF