Rental Housing Inspection - City of Galena

Rental Housing Inspection

The Rental Housing Inspection Program was created by the Galena City Council to enhance and preserve public safety. The program enforces minimum standards for basic equipment and facilities for light, ventilation, and heating, for safety from fire, for the use and amount of space for human occupancy, and for safe and sanitary maintenance of dwellings. Tenants, landlords, and the city all play a role in the implementation of this program.
All rental property in Galena, excluding single family rental homes with one rental unit, is required to maintain a valid Rental Certificate of Inspection in compliance with the Galena Residential Housing Inspection Code.  This code establishes minimum standards for the use and safe occupancy of dwellings to protect, preserve and promote the physical and mental health of its residents.  You may view the Galena Residential Housing Inspection Code as part of the online Galena Code of Ordinances through the link below.  The rental housing code is found in Chapter 150.25.
Obtaining a rental certificate is the responsibility of the property owner.  An Application for Rental Housing Certificate of Inspection may be downloaded below, obtained at City Hall, 101 Green Street, Galena, Illinois, or by calling City Hall at 815.777.1050.
Inspections of rental housing are conducted jointly by the City of Galena Building Department, the Jo Daviess County Housing Authority, and the Galena Fire Department.  Each unit is inspected once every three years.   Anyone occupying a rental unit they believe to be dangerous or substandard may contact the Building Department to ask for advice and/or an inspection.  For more information about the rental inspection program, please view the frequently asked questions through the link below.
Failure to obtain a certificate of inspection for a rental property could result in legal action with a fine of up to $750 per violation, per day.


The City of Galena
101 Green Street
Galena, Il 61036
T 815.777.1050
F 815.777.3083
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F
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The City of Galena is located in the unglaciated area of Northwest Illinois. Our rolling hills, history, 19th century architecture and opportunities for year round outdoor recreation attract nearly a million visitors a year. Galena is a safe, healthy and vibrant place to raise a family, start a business or enjoy retirement. Click here for a short video about Galena’s unique lifestyle.
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