Fees

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.

At their meeting on May 15, 2018, the Richmond City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Rental Housing Fee in the amount of $207 for Fully Covered Rental Units, $100 for Partially Covered Rental Units (such as single family homes, condominiums, and new construction) and $50 for Governmentally Subsidized Rental Units (including units in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.)

Fiscal Year 2018-19 Rental Housing Fee Resolution


Visit the "Billing" page for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Rental Housing Fee.

Business License Tax


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 $238.10 per APN (parcel). 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 calendar year 2018 and shall be adjusted annually, beginning January 1, 2019, based on the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (All Urban Consumers - San Francisco - Oakland- San Jose region) as of November of each year.

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

Maximum
Cap per Unit
Type (a) (b) 
Base Amount Qualified Tenant
Household Amount (c)
Studio $3,492 $4,057
1 Bedroom $5,392 $6,213
2+ Bedroom $7,343 $8,421

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

Maximum
Cap per Unit
Type (a) (b)
Base Amount Qualified Tenant
Household Amount (c)
Studio $7,035 $8,062
1 Bedroom $10,784 $12,427
2+ Bedroom $14,635 $16,843
(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 Eligible Tenant basis, with a maximum amount per Rental Unit as shown.

(c) “Qualified Tenant Household” means a household with a Tenant who is displaced for any reason other than the failure to pay Rent, breach of lease, nuisance or failure to give access (see Section 11.100.050 (a) (1) (2) (3) and (4) of the Municipal Code) and who (i) is a Senior Citizen, (ii) is Disabled, (iii) has at least one child under the age of 18 living in the household, (iv) resides in a lower income household as that term is defined in California Health and Safety Code, Section 50079.5 or (v) is displaced due to an Owner Move-in and the Tenant has a terminal disease as that term is defined in California Health and Safety Code, section 443.1 (q).

Temporary Relocation Payment (Substantial Repairs or Due to Tenant Vacating the Rental Unit Due to a Governmental Agency's Order for the Tenant to Vacate the Rental Unit or other conditions described in Section 11.102.030(c) of the Relocation Ordinance

Temporary Relocation Payment

Per Diem Description Amount Term (a)
Hotel or Motel $149 per day per household
Meal Expenses $30 per day per person
Laundry $1 per day per household
Pet Accommodations Cat - $29 
Dog - $52 
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 as provided in subsection (g) of Section 11.102.030 RMC.