Rental Housing Program

Rental License Program 

A City of Bowie Rental License is required for each single family and multifamily rental dwelling. No license is required when at least one of the property owners resides at the property address. Inspections are a condition of every license.

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Rental License Fees 

Annual rental license fees are as follows: 

  • $110 for a single family dwelling
  • $60 for a multifamily-apartment dwelling
  • Application fee - $50 (This fee is waived on renewals if the application is submitted before the license expires.)

Issuing a Rental License 

Upon receipt of a Rental License Application and the associated fees above, a "Temporary Certificate" will be issued and an inspection date scheduled. If the property complies with the Bowie City Code, the rental license will be issued. 

Properties with violations will be allowed 60 days to make repairs and pass a second inspection. A rental license will not be issued to a non-conforming property.


Inspections House Inspection Graphic

Rental inspections are conducted yearly to ensure compliance with the Bowie City Code. Inspections are scheduled Monday thru Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

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Property owners and tenants are provided with a report of any violations noted and the owner is afforded an opportunity to make corrections. A re-inspection will be conducted to confirm compliance. A $50 fee may be charged for additional inspections. Failure to comply with the City Code may result in the issuance of civil fines, revocation of the rental license and court ordered abatement and injunctions.