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Register for your housing license

Do you own a single-family or two-family home that you lease? If so, you probably already know that you’re required under the Lakewood housing code to renew your housing license each year.

If you have a question about your 2018 housing license, please contact the Division of Housing & Building at (216) 529-6270.



Click here to go to our CitizenServe portal to apply for your housing license.

Lakewood housing license regulations were updated by City Council at the end of 2018. By making all housing licenses due at the same time, license processing will be more efficient and the customer experience will be simplified.  The customer experience will be further improved by a new user-friendly online application.  A link to the new online Housing License Portal will be made available here in ample time to meet the November 1 deadline.

Other important Details about the Lakewood Housing License Application

  • Non-owner Occupied Condominium: The fee for non-owner occupied condominium units is now $45.00 per unit.
  • Owner Occupied Condominiums & Condominium Buildings: There is no longer a fee for owner occupied condominium units or for condominium buildings.
  • Late Fees: Owners not securing a Housing license by November 1 will be assessed a late fee of twenty-five ($25.00) per unit.
  • Updated Housing License fees for 2019 are:
Non-owner-occupied condominium units: $45.00 per unit
Rooming house containing two or more tenants: $60.00 per unit
Non-owner occupied one-or-two family structures: $75.00 per unit
Three-family dwellings: $60.00 per non-owner occupied unit
All other non-owner occupied structures: $45.00 per dwelling unit
Multi-family buildings single license: $3,500.00 per building
Vacant Property License: $200.00 per building


This is the first of multiple forms of communication we will be using to provide housing license updates over the coming months. Our goal is to provide ample notice and clear communication about these changes so you can prepare your applications for housing licenses in an appropriate and timely manner.  We encourage you to reach out to our department at (216) 529-6270 or if we can help answer any questions about the housing license application process moving forward.

Thank you for your continued commitment to and investment in the Lakewood community.

Click here to go to our CitizenServe portal to apply for your housing license.