Rental Licensing

Rental licensing is required in the city of Anoka. The operation of residential rental properties is a business enterprise that gives rise to certain responsibilities. Operators are responsible to take reasonable steps, as may be necessary, to assure that the residents of the city who occupy rental units, and those residing near such units, may pursue the quiet enjoyment of the normal activities of life in surroundings that are safe, secure and sanitary; free from crimes and criminal activity, noise, nuisances, or annoyances; and free from reasonable fears about safety and security of persons and property.

Prior to operating a rental dwelling, all persons, firms or corporations shall obtain a license to do so. Download the rental license application (PDF). If you have questions about the rental licensing program, please call 763-576-2728.

Rental Density Cap Ordinance

On September 17, 2018, the Anoka City Council adopted an ordinance regulating the density of single family rental dwellings in the city of Anoka. The ordinance became effective on September 28, 2018. Highlights of the ordinance include:

  • In any R-1, R-2, R-3- R-4, MS Zoning District, no more than 10% of single-family lots on any block shall be eligible to obtain a rental license.
  • If the number of rental properties exceed the permitted number of rental properties per a defined block on the effective date of the ordinance, no additional rental licenses shall be approved for the subject block unless a temporary license is granted by the City Council.
  • Existing rental licenses may be renewed; however, should a rental license not be renewed, terminated due to the sale of a property by the current license holder, transfer of property ownership occurs, or if the rental license is revoked or lapses, a new rental license shall not be issued unless it is in conformance with the ordinance language and other applicable sections of the city code.
  • The City Council may grant or deny a temporary license in its sole discretion. Circumstances justifying consideration of a temporary license may include such situations as the homeowner’s deployment for military purposes or temporary relocation out of state for employment related reasons. No property owner shall hold a temporary rental license for the same property for more than two consecutive years.

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