Rental Licensing

Sugar Land City Council passed an ordinance in November 2007 requiring all owner-occupied residences used as rental properties in the City of Sugar Land to be licensed and inspected by the city. In July 2009, the City Council amended the ordinance to include multifamily rental properties. The City of Sugar Land ’s primary concern is to gain compliance with our regulations relating to the safe occupancy of property and ensure that rental properties are conforming to the same property maintenance standards as owner-occupied homes within the city.

Rental Property Owner Requirements

Please note:

  • Effective January 1, 2022, renewal rental license applications that are submitted late, will be subjected to a $32.00 late fee.

If you own any rental property in Sugar Land, as the property owner you will have to meet a few requirements under the city’s rental program including: 

  • Maintaining your property in compliance with all city codes relating to health, sanitation, and property maintenance
  • Remedying any violation of city codes found on your property
  • Not renting your unit to a registered sex offender if the unit is within 2500 feet of an area designated as a child area under Article XI, Chapter 3 of the Sugar Land Code of Ordinances

You will need to submit an application and pay the fee as soon as possible. Applications can be submitted online, by printing the application and submitting it in person at City Hall or by mail. Owners of unlicensed rental properties can be fined up to $500 a day for each day that the unit is rented without a license.

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As soon as the city receives your application, we will conduct an inspection of the exterior and grounds of your property to ensure that it is in compliance with all of the city’s health, sanitation, and property maintenance codes. If no violations are found, the city will issue a license to continue operating your property as a rental unit. If violations are discovered, the city will work with you to establish a schedule for the remediation of the violations and the issuance of a rental license.

In order to avoid any potential disruption of water service, it is imperative that the property owner submit an application for a Rental License prior to a tenant moving in. Tenants will not be able to obtain water service if a Rental License application has not been submitted by the property owner.

The city is committed to working with you to ensure that your property complies with all applicable standards. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the rental program at or 281-275-2170. 

Renting Property in Sugar Land?

If you are looking to rent a residential property in the City of Sugar Land, here are a few things you should know:

  • A rental license is required. You should verify with your landlord that there is a valid license.
  • An inspection of the property should be conducted prior to your move-in date.
  • If the property is not licensed as required by City ordinances, you will be unable to activate water service under your name.
  • Tenants are able to submit complaints to the City of Sugar Land should a property owner fail to maintain the property at any point (ex. plumbing failures, electrical issues, HVAC defects etc.)