Certificate of Compliance

How to Obtain a Rental Certificate of Compliance 

In addition to obtaining a Certificate of Registration, as a rental property owner you are required to successfully pass an inspection by the City or the City’s qualified third-party inspector and obtain a Lead Clearance Report to qualify for a Certificate of Compliance. You must also be current on property taxes. The Certificate of Compliance demonstrates that your property is now safe for occupancy. 

Steps to Obtain a Rental Certificate of Compliance

Step 1. Register property as a rental by logging in or creating an eLAPs account

  • Register Property(s)
    • Register each property via the Code Enforcement Module in eLAPSs. Be sure to upload all required forms while registering the property (Proof of Property Ownership). Documents will be reviewed by Property Maintenance.
  • Click here to see how to use the online application

Step 2. Complete Rental Inspection

  • 1-2 Unit properties schedule with 3rd party inspection company. Approved inspection companies are listed here.
    • Once completed, upload passed inspection report into Accela via eLAPs.
  • 3+ unit properties schedule inspection online via eLAPS
    • If violations exist, make the necessary repairs to the property and schedule a re-inspection with the 3rd party or BSEED (whoever performed the 1st inspection)
      • Pull permits for any work required, via the Permits Module in eLAPs. The permit may require a licenses professional to perform the work.

Step 3. Complete initial lead inspection and risk assessment for properties built before 1978. For more information click here

  • Hire a lead certified contractor to remediate if lead hazards are present
  • 1-2 Units: Submit a lead-based paint inspection/risk assessment report and lead clearance report electronically to your 3rd party rental inspection company. 
  • 3+ Units: Three or more units submit reports to [email protected]
  • Upload Lead report into Accela via eLAPs.
  • Open the record in your account and, under Record Info, select Attachments. This allows you to 'Add' and upload the Lead Report and any other additional documents required.

Step 4. Once the rental inspection pass and there are no blight judgments owed or inspection fees, BSEED issues Certificate of Compliance to property owner

Detroit Rental Ordinance: How to Operate a Rental Property in the City of Detroit


How to register Rental Properties


Rental Compliance Map


How to get Lead Inspections & Requirements


How to schedule Rental Inspections 


How to obtain Residential Certificate of Compliance (3+ Unit)