Residential Rental Housing Fee

All rental properties within the City of Richmond must be enrolled with the Rent Program, and pay the accompanying annual fee. Landlords must enroll on the Rent Program's Forms page: Rent Program Forms.

On July 25, 2017, the City Council adopted Fiscal Year 2016-17 and Fiscal Year 2017-18 Residential Rental Housing Fees in the following amounts:

Fiscal Year 2016-17: $47 per Rental Unit
Fiscal Year 2017-18: $98 per Rental Unit

In accordance with Section 11.100.060(l)(1) of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, the City shall charge the Residential Rental Housing Fee at the same time as the Business License Tax.

Residential Rental Housing Fee City Council Ordinance No. 16-17
Residential Rental Housing Fee City Council Resolution No. 99-17

Business License Fee

The Richmond Rent Program requires all Landlords maintain an up to date business license for each rental property they operate within the City of Richmond. The basic rate for each business (each location), annually, is 234.10. Additional fees may apply.

To determine if your business license is current, or register for a business license, please visit our Business License webpage: 
Richmond Business License.

Residential Rental Inspection Program Fee

All owners of rental dwelling units within the City are subject to the Residential Rental Inspection Program except those units that are exempt per Richmond Municipal Code Section 6.40.090, including:
  • Residential rental housing units that are subsidized by federal, state, or local government, and/or
  • Newly constructed residential rental units for a period of five (5) years from the date of construction.
Program Fees (effective 07/01/2016)
  • Registration/Processing Fee - $79.00
  • Initial Inspection Fee (per unit) - $157.00
  • Re-inspection Fee (per unit) - $66.00
To learn more about the Residential Rental Inspection Program program, including how to enroll and pay the appropriate fees, please visit our Residential Rental Inspection Program webpage: Residential Rental Inspection Program.

Fire Prevention Services Fee

Owners of residential apartment buildings are required to pay an annual fire prevention fee, and receive an inspection for buildings of three units or more. Fees vary by building size; please see the Fire Prevention Master Fee Schedule for more information: Fire Prevention Master Fee Schedule.

Please contact Inspector Eric Govan of the Richmond Fire Prevention Services Division to schedule an inspection, pay your fees, and find out more information: Eric_Govan@ci.richmond.ca.us.

Relocation Payment Fee Schedule

R.M.C. 11.102.050
Established December 20, 2016

“Relocation Payment” means the per unit payment required to be paid by any Landlord on a prorata share to an Eligible Tenant who takes action to terminate tenancy for reasons set forth in Section 11.102.030, separate from any security or other refundable deposits as defined in California Code Section 1950.5. Please note the Relocation Assistance Fee and Displacement Plan Review fee have yet to be adopted by the Richmond City Council. When completing the Notice of Entitlement to Relocation Payment form, Landlords shall sign to attest that these fees will be paid when invoiced by the City of Richmond.

Permanent Relocation Payment

Amounts shown are for Fiscal Year 2016-17 and shall be adjusted annually based on the change
in the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers – San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose region). 

Owner Move-In (R.M.C. 11.100.050(a)(6))

Cap per Unit
Type (a) (b) 
Base Amount Qualified Tenant
Household Amount (c)
Studio $3,400 $3,950
1 Bedroom $5,250 $6,050
2+ Bedroom $7,150 $8,200

Withdrawal from Rental Market (R.M.C. 11.100.050(a)(7))

Cap per Unit
Type (a) (b)
Base Amount Qualified Tenant
Household Amount (c)
Studio $6,850 $7,850
1 Bedroom $10,500 $12,100
2+ Bedroom $14,250 $16,400
(a) If a Rental Unit is occupied by one Tenant then the entire per unit Relocation Payment shall be paid to the Tenant. If more than one Tenant occupies the Rental Unit, the total amount of the Relocation Payments shall be paid on a pro-rata share to each Eligible Tenant.

(b) The Relocation Payments will be calculated on a per Rental Unit basis, distributed on a per Tenant basis, and includes a maximum cap per Rental Unit.

(c) A "Qualified Tenant Household" is any household that includes at least one Tenant that is a Senior Citizen, Disabled, or has at least one minor dependent child as defined in R.M.C. 11.102.020(a) and (l). Sources: City of Santa Monica, 2016; American Community Survey, 2011-2015 (Table B25064).

Temporary Relocation Payment

Substantial Repairs (R.M.C. 11.100.050(a)(5))

Per Diem Description Amount Term (a)
Hotel or Motel  $145 per day per household
Meal Expenses $29  per day per person
Laundry $1 per day per household
Pet Accommodations Cat - $28 
Dog - $51 
per day per animal
(a) Applicable amounts shall be paid on a weekly basis, calculated on a daily basis, at a minimum. Alternatively, the Landlord may provide comparable housing located in Richmond. In such case, the Landlord shall provide per diem payments until the Tenant and their possessions have been moved into the comparable Rental Unit.