Residential Rental Inspection Program

Goal of Residential Rental Inspection Program 

The purpose of the Residential Rental Inspection Program is to address the issue of substandard long- term rental properties, promote greater compliance with health and safety standards and preserve the quality of Arcata’s neighborhoods and available housing. The program achieves compliance of health, safety and welfare code violations in/on residential rental properties that are a threat to the occupant's safety, structural integrity of the building, and a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.


A long term rental is a building or portion of a building that is rented or leased to tenant for residential purposes on a non-transient basis for thirty (30) consecutive days or more which is owned in whole or in part by a landlord

Draft Ordinance and Public Comment 

The RRIP Ordinance was first introduced to the City Council on September 15, 2021. At the second reading on October 20, 2021, the Council directed staff to form a Working Group to ensure the ordinance had greater community input and to better meet the needs of the City. After 5 meetings with the Working Group, Staff produced this latest draft based off of the input provided by the members. You can send your comments and suggestions to or call us at (707)-825-2156. Public Comment will remain open until 4:30 pm, Friday June 24th. Currently, the aim of the department is to reintroduce the Draft Ordinance before the City Council on or after July 20th. 

Read the latest version of the Ordinance below.