Residential rental licences

Low-rise residential rental units in the City of Waterloo require an annual licence to ensure safe and well-maintained accommodations. Full regulatory details are in the rental licensing bylaw.

If you think someone is breaking the bylaw, contact 519-747-8785 or municipalenforcement@waterloo.ca

First time applicants

If you're applying for the first time, complete the required documentation:

If you have questions about document requirements or would like a sample application, contact 519-747-8785, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941 or rental@waterloo.ca.

Renewing a licence

You will recieve a renewal notice in the mail ahead of the licence expiry date. You are required to submit an up to date gas or oil heating appliance inspection (PDF) and Insurance declaration form (PDF) every year.

You are required to submit an updated police criminal record check and Electrical system inspection form (PDF) every five years.

Application process

Online

  1. Submit complete applications or renewals using our online application.
  2. Pay applicable fee with credit card (find costs below)

In person

  1. Submit complete applications or renewals in person at the municipal enforcement counter on the first floor of city hall.
  2. Pay applicable fee with cash, cheque, money order, debit or credit (find costs below)

First time application fees

Single/semi detached, duplex, triplex, and accessory apartment

 
Type # of Bedrooms Fee
Class A 4 $598.66
Class A 3 $544.23 
Class A $494.76 
Class A $449.78 
Class B & E 4 $498.88
Class B & E 3 $453.53 
Class B & E $412.30 
Class B & E $374.82 
Class C N/A $757.30 
Class D 2 $688.45
Class D 1 $625.87
Class Z 4 $598.66
Class Z 3 $544.23
Class Z 2 $494.76
Class Z 1 $449.78
Class Z Premium $44.98 / bedroom

Townhouse

Townhouse blocks

# of units

1 bedroom 2 bedroom 3 bedroom 4 bedroom
4 - 10 $374.86 $412.34 $453.58 $498.94
11- 20 $368.04 $404.84 $445.34 $489.87
21 - 30 $361.23 $397.35 $437.09 $480.80
31 - 40 $354.41 $389.85 $428.84 $471.73
40 -50 $347.60 $382.35 $420.60 $462.66
50 + $340.78 $374.86 $412.35 $453.58

Renewal fees

Single/semi detached, duplex, triplex and accessory apartment 

 
Type # of Bedrooms Fee
Class A 4 $396.54
Class A 3 $296.85 
Class A $269.87 
Class A $245.33 
Class B & E 4 $272.12
Class B & E 3 $274.38
Class B & E $224.89
Class B & E $204.45 
Class C N/A $413.07 
Class D 2 $375.52
Class D 1 $341.38
Class Z 4 $326.54
Class Z 3 $296.85
Class Z 2 $269.87
Class Z 1 $245.33
Class Z Premium $24.54 / bedroom

Townhouse

Townhouse blocks

# of units

1 bedroom 2 bedroom 3 bedroom 4 bedroom
4 - 10 $204.47 $224.92 $247.41 $272.15
11- 20 $197.65 $217.42 $239.16 $263.08
21 - 30 $190.84 $209.92 $230.91 $254.01
31 - 40 $184.02 $202.43 $222.67 $244.94
40 -50 $177.02 $194.93 $214.42 $235.86
50 + $170.39 $187.43 $206.17 $226.79