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The City of Bethlehem Community and Economic Development Permit Office will be closed Wednesday afternoons to walk-ins from 1 to 4:30pm. This temporary closure is due to the digitization of the permit files. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Rental Licensing

Due to the impending digitization of the Permit files, the Permit Office will temporarily close Wednesday afternoons to the public. These closures will begin on Wednesday, August 2nd from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and last through Wednesday, September 27th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please provide the information found in this form when scheduling your rental inspection.

The City of Bethlehem enacted Article 1738 of the City’s Codified Ordinances relating to Residential Rental Units.  It is the purpose of that Article and the policy of the City of Bethlehem, to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens, to establish rights and obligations of Owners and Occupants relating to the rental of residential dwelling units in the City of Bethlehem and to encourage Owners and Occupants to maintain and improve the quality of rental housing within the community. 
Article 1738

What are some advantages to licensing rental properties?
With all rental properties being required to be licensed, it will provide the city with contact information for property owners, property management and tenants during times of emergency and code violations. This will also allow the Housing Inspectors the authority to inspect the exterior and interior spaces of rental units on a rotating basis while keeping the unit’s safe & code compliant.
What are some typical violations in rental units?
Some examples of violations include but are not limited to: lack of smoke /carbon monoxide detectors, kitchen and bath electrical outlets not being properly grounded, extension cords running through doorways and under carpets, lack of ventilation for dryers and exhaust fans, cover plates missing on switches & junction boxes, handrails & guardrails missing from basement stairwells. 
What costs are associated with a rental unit?  (Fee Schedule)

  • Business License
  • Licensing Fee
  • Inspection
  • Inspection Re-checks

How do I schedule a housing inspection for sale/rental?
For properties being listed for sale, contact our office at (610) 865-7091 option 4.  Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm. For rental inspections, we will be in contact with you with additional information as these are done every 3 years.