Housing/MDRR

The Rockland County Department of Health is responsible for the enforcement of housing hygiene and occupancy regulations pursuant to the Rockland County Sanitary Code. The Department investigates all residential housing complaints, including allegations regarding single family dwellings, multiple dwellings, rental properties and owner-occupied premises. Compliance with interior and exterior sanitary codes are required, including but not limited to provisions for gas, electric and water services, second means of egress, hoarding, garbage, pests, structural integrity, over-occupancy and habitability in general.

The Department performs inspections of residences at the request of the Rockland County Department of Social Services (DSS). Referrals for inspection are made directly to the Department of Health by DSS on behalf of their client(s). All proposed DSS residences must be in full compliance with the housing hygiene and occupancy requirements as set forth in the County Sanitary Code and approved by the health inspector.

Multiple Dwelling Rental Registry - MDRR

The Rockland Codes Investigations (RCI) Multiple Dwelling Rental Registry is in effect. View the Rockland County Sanitary Code, Article XIII, Section 13.8.1. All multiple dwellings with three (3) or more rental units, and all rooming houses, must register and obtain a Multiple Dwelling Rental Certificate. A new Certificate is required after each change of property ownership. Failure to comply is a violation of Article XIII, which may result in penalties of $2,000.00 per day.

View the Rockland County Sanitary Code

How to Register

  1. Complete the MDRR application:
    Rental registration requires completion of an on-line application, walk-ins will not be accepted.

    Requirements
    :
    • Information needed from property deed: Grantor, Grantee, Deed Number, and Purchase Date.
    • Certificate of Occupancy (CO): The CO must be in electronic format (scanned or photographed), uploaded and submitted with the application. COs are among the papers required at closing. If you do not have a CO, obtain a copy from your town building department.


      Please note:
    • Deeds are filed with the Rockland County Clerk's Office upon sale or transfer of the property.
    • Certificates of Occupancy are issued by the local Building Department.

  2. Submit your one-time registration fee:
    NOTICE: Credit Cards and PayPal payments are no longer being accepted. Please follow the instructions below to remit your payment.
    The one-time fee is $25 per dwelling unit or rooming unit within a dwelling.

    Applicants may pay by check made payable to the Rockland County Commissioner of Finance
    and mailed to:

    Attn: Nancy Molina
    Rockland County Department of Health
    RCI/Housing
    50 Sanatorium Road, Building D Rm 130
    Pomona, New York 10970
  3. Obtain your certificate:
    Upon review and approval of the application, and receipt of the fee, the Department of Health will issue the Multiple Dwelling Rental Registry certificate.

NOTICE:

  • The Rental Registry Certificate is subject to all terms specified in the Rockland County Sanitary Code, Article XIII, Section 13.8.1, and agreed to upon completion of the application.
    •The Rental Registry Certificate remains in effect unless and until one or more of the terms are violated.
    • Rental Registry Certificates are non-transferable and are subject to suspension or revocation by the Commissioner of Health for failure to comply with all applicable laws.
    • Upon property sale or transfer of ownership, application for a new certificate, with payment of associated fee, is required.

Rooming Houses

The Department of Health is responsible for annual inspections and permitting of all Rooming Houses in the County. Rooming houses are subject to compliance with the housing hygiene and occupancy regulations set forth in the County Sanitary Code in general. Rooming Houses are also subject to specific requirements regarding bathroom facilities, cooking and dining restrictions, door locks, sleeping area floor space, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector location and compliance with local ordinances, including local building department codes. The Department investigates all Rooming House complaints, involving both general housing complaints and allegations of illegal and/or non-permitted operation. Permit application to operate a rooming house is available to download.

Temporary Residences (TRs) and Mobile Home Parks (MHP)

The Department of Health is responsible for annual inspections and permitting of all Temporary Residences and Mobile Home Parks in the County. All Temporary Residences (such as hotels and motels) and Mobile Home (Trailer) Parks are inspected annually for compliance with New York State Sanitary Code, Part 17 & subpart 7-1. Inspections focus on general site maintenance and fire safety. The Rockland County Department of Health must issue a permit to operate these facilities, which are renewed annually. Permit application to operate is available to download.

Campgrounds

Pursuant to the New York State Sanitary Code the Department is responsible for the enforcement of certain campground regulations. Specifically, the Department conducts permit inspections and investigates complaints in conjunction with carnivals held seasonally throughout the County. The campground permit requirements involve portable toilets, trash and offensive material, common sewage holding containers, recreational vehicles, campers, and bunkhouse trailers or any other residence on site for the purpose of housing carnival employees. Such housing units and/or living quarters are inspected for sewage leaks and/or leaks involving the water supply connections and are strictly limited to exterior inspections.

Violators of the Rockland County Sanitary Code are subject to administrative proceedings, including suspension and/or revocation of permits and monetary penalties. Serious violations, such as longer than temporary disruption of gas, electric and/or water service may be referred directly to the Rockland County Department of Law for Supreme Court proceedings.

Migrant Farmworker Housing

The Department of Health conducts permit inspections of migrant farmworker housing facilities occupied by five (5) or more persons, one (1) or more of whom are employed to perform farm activities*. (The property owner or other persons occupying the property on a continuous annual basis are not included in computing the number of persons occupying the property). The migrant farm camp permit requirements mandate that no public health hazards, housing violations and/or fire hazards exist on the property. Additionally, the property must be maintained in safe and sanitary condition, including but not limited to, adequate sleeping quarters, provisions for electric and water services, toilets, sewage and refuse disposal, food preparation, laundry and bathing facilities. The Department also investigates migrant farm camp complaints.

* Pursuant to the New York State Sanitary Code, Part 15, Migrant Farmworker Housing.