Rental Certificate of Occupany (RCO) Program

Landlords and Property Management Companies


On September 28, 2017, the Building Standards Board voted to recommend approval of omnibus amendments to the International Residential Code (IRC) as it relates to the Rental Certificate-of-Occupancy (RCO) program.  The amendments address issues of concern to the enforcement and effectiveness of the RCO Program.  In summary, they include:

IRC R110.1 Making it unlawful to use or occupy premises without first obtaining a Certificate.

IRC R110.2 Increasing the fee for unlawful pre-inspection occupancy from $100 to $250.

IRC R110.2.1 Assessing a reinspection fee beginning with the second and subsequent reinspections.

IRC R110.2.2 Certificates will expire in three years, or a change in tenancy, whichever is the earlier.

IRC R110.2.3 Landlords may renew the Certificate beginning 90 days prior to expiration.

IRC R110.3.2 Making it unlawful to use premises in violation of the Mesquite Zoning Ordinance or contrary to the approved Certificate.

IRC R110.3.3 Requiring appoint of a Local Agent for notice and process.

IRC R110.5.1 Certificates are subject to revocation for illegal use of the premises.

IRC R111.1.1 Making it unlawful to continue or maintain water utilities to a vacant premises, unless the landlord requests an inspection within 10 days of vacancy.

IRC R202 Amending the definition of “non-owner occupied dwelling unit.” 

The proposed amendments are tentatively scheduled for City Council consideration and final action on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers at 757 N. Galloway Avenue.  The Council may approve, modify or decline to adopt the amendments.  Check back here for further announcements.  For questions and more information regarding amendments to the RCO Program, contact Travis Campbell, Building Official, at 972-329-8724.


A rental property must successfully pass an interior and exterior inspection in order to obtain a rental certificate of occupancy (RCO).  Rental properties are expected to meet the minimum standards set forth in the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code and the International Residential Code that have been adopted by the City Council.

To arrange for an inspection the landlord must request the inspection online.  If requested prior to 4:00 PM, the inspection will be performed the following business day.  Inspections requested after 4:00 PM will be done on the second business day following the request.

View the list of items that will be inspected for a Residential Certificate of Occupancy.