Rental Housing Inspection Program

The Burien City Council approved on September 16, 2019 Burien’s first rental housing inspection program. The new program will be designed to help the City of Burien proactively monitor housing conditions in rental units, and help prevent habitability issues that have occurred in buildings in the past.

Details of the program will be developed over the next year, in time for inspections to begin in 2021. The City will conduct extensive outreach to landlords, property managers, and renters in 2020 to prepare them for the new program.

For questions about this program, please contact the Rental Housing Inspection Program Coordinator at

If you would like to report a code enforcement issue, you can submit a report to our online Report an Issue system.


The ordinance requires a health and safety inspection of the following rental housing types located within Burien city limits by a qualified inspector every three years. Only 20 percent of units will be inspected by every three years.

  • Apartments
  • Duplexes
  • Triplexes
  • Four-plexes

The following housing types are exempt from the inspection requirement: single-family homes, condos, townhomes, mobile homes, manufactured homes, hotels, motels, institutions, shelters, transitional housing, accessory dwelling units, and rental units owned, operated, managed, or inspected by a government agency.


Owners of properties that do not meet the health and safety standards will need to make repairs and pass a re-inspection prior to renewing their multi-family business license. Failure to do so may result in penalty fees and business license revocation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays for the inspection?

The landlord.

Who can be an inspector?

Starting in 2021, the City of Burien maintains a list of approved inspectors.

I’m an inspector and want to be on the list.

Send your contact information to with subject line “add me to inspector list”