Rental Housing Licenses

Common Rental Violations Checklist

Landlords are responsible to maintain rental units in compliance with codes and laws. This list includes the most common violations/complaints at rental units in the City of Winona. This is not all inclusive, but only the most frequently noted. Please “pre-inspect” your rental units prior to our appointment and routinely during tenancy.

  • Carbon monoxide detectors are required to be installed within 10’ of all bedroom doors.
    Information on Carbon Monoxide
  • Smoke detectors must be installed inside and outside of all bedrooms, on every level and be in working order. Information on Smoke Detectors
  • Fire extinguisher missing or not annually serviced.
  • Overloaded outlets or extension cords.
  • Windows and doors that don’t open or close properly.
  • Missing or broken windows and screens.
  • Exposed electrical wire.
  • Ground fault outlets (GFCI) missing or wired incorrectly in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Cover plates on outlets and switches are missing or broken.
  • Loose floor coverings.
  • Handrails and guardrails missing or not securely attached.
  • Exterior weather protection or paint missing or deteriorated.
  • General upkeep of exterior (rotted or missing siding or trim, etc.)
  • Foundation tight with no holes or cracks.
  • Peeling paint on interior and exterior.
  • Chimneys and exterior appendages are in good repair.
  • Roof covering is in good repair.
  • Mechanical systems (furnace, water heater) are installed and working properly.
  • Trash and recycling containers are present and stored in rear yard.
  • House numbers and owner’s placard must be clearly visible.
  • Junk on porches or in yards must be removed.
  • Upholstered furniture on open porches not allowed.
  • Deadbolts on all exterior doors.

Please help our neighborhoods by keeping your rental properties in good condition. For more information contact the City of Winona Inspections Department at 507-457-8231 or email staff.

Rental Housing Licenses

Chapter 33A Rental Housing Ordinance

Rental License Application

Rental License Application (Fill-in-Form)

Rental License Transfer of Ownership Application (PDF)

Winona Housing Code Chapter 33A requires all rental units within the City limits to be inspected every five years on a renewal program. This is a mandatory inspection to ensure the health and safety of the occupants. Inspection fee will be collected once every 5 years for the certification inspection.

Inspection fee will be charged per the following fee schedule effective January 1, 2018, as adopted by the Winona City Council:

C.C. Section 51 (69)

  • $83.00/each building
  • PLUS $83.00/per rental unit in building, or
  • $30.00/per sleeping room in building


Single Family Dwelling

  • $83.00/building
  • $83.00/rental unit
  • $166.00 Total


  • $83.00/building
  • $166.00/two rental unit
  • $249.00  Total

Owner-Occupied Duplex

  • $83.00/building
  • $83.00/1 rental unit
  • $166.00 Total

Sleeping Rooms

  • $83.00/building
  • $30.00/1 sleeping room
  • $113.00 Total