Home Sale & Rental Property Inspections
Municipal Rental & Home Sale Inspection Requirements
The City of Lake Saint Louis requires all rental properties to be inspected and registered. A new rental inspection is required between each tenant change. Please visit the Citizenserve Online Portal to submit the application for your inspection request. Municipal inspections are not required for home sales, however, the Lake Saint Louis Fire District may require an inspection for both rental and home sales. Please contact the Lake Saint Louis Fire District directly to schedule a home sale and/or rental inspection.
On Monday, December 1, 2008, the City of Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen passed an Ordinance amending the Lake Saint Louis Municipal Code, Title V: Building Code, adding Chapter 525. This new Chapter requires that a Certificate of Occupancy be issued each time any dwelling unit is offered for rent or lease, and that the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy be contingent upon inspection of the dwelling units by the Chief Building Official or his designee for compliance with the International Property Maintenance Code and the Lake Saint Louis Municipal Code. A new Certificate of Occupancy is required whenever a dwelling unit being offered for rent or lease changes occupants.
This Ordinance requires that owners, agents, or managers who are responsible for dwelling units offered for rent or lease, and are within the corporate limits of the City of Lake Saint Louis, register those properties with the Chief Building Official. The Ordinance has been in full force and effect since February 2nd, 2009. Newly constructed dwelling units which are offered for rent or lease must also be registered with the Chief Building Official prior to the initial occupancy.
The intent of the new Ordinance is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Lake Saint Louis in their use of all residential structures being offered for rent or lease. This applies to all premises, exteriors, and buildings accessory to such structures, thereby deterring neighborhood blight and deterioration through the use of inspections. The Ordinance is also intended to prevent the construction of additions or alterations to such dwelling units which might be injurious to the life, health, safety, or general welfare of the occupants of such dwellings or neighboring properties, and to preserve the taxable value of land and buildings throughout Lake Saint Louis.
The fee for inspecting an unoccupied detached rental dwelling unit is $75. The fee for inspecting an unoccupied attached rental dwelling unit is $30. The fee for inspecting any occupied rental dwelling unit is twice the fee charged for an unoccupied unit.
Questions regarding this new Ordinance and its requirements can be directed to the Lake Saint Louis Building Division at 636-625-7937.