Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance - About RRIO

The City of Seattle continues to follow guidance from our public health authorities including Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19.

We are actively adjusting business practices to best serve our customers throughout this time. We have closed the Applicant Services Center. We ask that our customers submit questions using our Rental Registration & Inspection Question online tool instead of calling the RRIO Helpline or coming to the Applicant Services Center as wait times may vary.

What Is RRIO?

The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) was established by the Seattle City Council after an extensive public involvement process. RRIO helps ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements. All rental property owners in Seattle must register their properties with the City. Inspectors will make sure all registered properties comply with minimum housing and safety standards at least once every 5 - 10 years.

RRIO supports the City's Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda by helping ensure that all rental housing is safe and meets basic maintenance standards.

What Does RRIO Do for Seattle Residents?

RRIO helps improve and maintain the quality of Seattle's rental housing over time. The program benefits Seattle residents by:

  • Preserving neighborhoods and quality of life
  • Educating property owners, inspectors, and renters about the RRIO standards and encouraging proper maintenance of rental housing
  • Ensuring all rental properties meet the same minimum standards through periodic inspections
  • Creating clear communication methods between rental property owners and the City in the event of emergencies

Whether you're a property owner or manager, renter, or RRIO inspector, this site will provide you with the resources that you need to understand the RRIO program and any actions that you may need to take.

Learn More About RRIO

If you'd like to see more details about the RRIO code, read our Rental Registration & Inspection Code page.