Rental Housing Business License (LANCAP)

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Rental Housing Business License and Preservation Program


The City of Lancaster is happy to announce that online applications and renewals are now available.  Prior to applying online, read the instructions below, which will ensure submission of a complete application and timely receipt of license.

Rental Housing Business License and Preservation Program On January 23, 2007, the Lancaster City Council adopted Ordinance No. 869  establishing the Rental Housing Business License and Preservation Inspection Program. The purpose of the ordinance is to ensure the rehabilitation or elimination of housing that does not meet minimum Municipal and/or State Building, Housing Code and Health and Safety standards. In addition, the ordinance is intended to promote safety and enhance the quality of life for City residents. 

The property owner is responsible for completing the business license application annually and maintaining a business license separate and apart from obtaining a Certificate of Compliance for the Rental Housing Inspection Program. Rental property includes the following: single-family dwellings, duplexes, apartments, town homes, or condominiums, which are leased, rented or occupied by a person or persons other than the owner. There is both a business license fee and an initial inspection fee, and a re-inspection fee (if applicable). The registration fee is paid annually for a business license. After the first inspection and re-inspection (if applicable), inspection fees will be invoiced to the account. For additional information, please contact the City of Lancaster Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Department at (661) 723-6121. 


Registering for an Account
To register for an account, access the Citizen Access Portal here:  

Please review the instructions on how to register and apply or renew a license online here.
Application Requirements
Applicants must provide a copy of the grant deed and the owners name on the application must be filled out exactly as it appears on title.  Agents providing property management services must have written authorization from the owner to act on their behalf.  A copy of the agreement for property management services is required.  These items must be uploaded with the application if applying online.


Apply/Renew In Person or By Mail

Individuals choosing to apply or renew their license in person or by mail may still do so.  Information above still applies to mail in or walk in applications.  Use the forms below to complete your application and mail in with appropriate additional documentation and payment for license.

Rental Housing License Application

Rental Housing License Fee Schedule

Additional Unit Form

There are limited instances when a waiver of the rental housing business license requirement may be reviewed. 

The waivers with sufficient supporting documentation must be submitted to substantiate the request.

You may submit your completed applications by mail or in person:

City of Lancaster 
Finance - Business License Department 
44933 Fern Avenue 
Lancaster, CA 93534-2461 
For questions related to business license, please call (661) 723-6237.

For additional information regarding the Preservation Inspection Program, please contact:
City of Lancaster 
Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Department 
44933 Fern Avenue 
Lancaster, CA 93534-2461 
(661) 723-6121 

Disability Access

SB1186 - On and after January 1, 2013, each city, county, or city and county shall provide to an applicant for a business license or equivalent instrument or permit and to an applicant for the renewal of the business license or equivalent instrument or permit, the following information:
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.  You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:  The Division of the State Architect at; The Department of Rehabilitation at; The California Commission on Disability Access at

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