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St. Paul Truth in Housing Inspections

In St. Paul, you’ll need a Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) inspection to sell:

  • All single family homes, duplexes, townhomes, and condominiums are included
  • The inspection is good for one year or one sale
  • St. Paul requires an evaluation be done no later than three (3) calendar days after a dwelling is offered, listed or posted for sale, or other action intended to start the marketing process. A copy of the TISH report must be displayed at the property for potential buyers to see
  • Repairs are not required, EXCEPT for the hardwired smoke alarm — see below

If the owner has a CURRENT (less than a year old) letter of Code Compliance from the Department of Safety and Inspections Vacant Buildings Inspector, or a CURRENT Certificate of Code Compliance (only on rental properties) from the DSI Fire Inspection Division, then either of these documents can be used in place of the Truth in Housing report.

Official St. Paul Truth in Housing website

Smoke detector instructions

Look up TISH reports and property info

10 common deficiencies (city provided list)

Hazardous (H) items (longer list prepared by Apple)


The following information is from the official St. Paul TISH page:

City of Saint Paul
Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI)
Truth-in-Sale of Housing Program
375 Jackson Street, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN  55101

Phone: 651-266-8989
Fax: 651-266-1919
Hours: 8am – 4:30pm (M-F)

The Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing disclosure report is a visual overview of the building components and fixtures. This required report is to inform prospective buyers of the observed condition of a dwelling at the time of the evaluation. The disclosure report is intended to provide basic information to the home buyer and the seller prior to the time of sale.

Prospective buyers may also seek additional opinions or more detailed inspections from various experts in the home inspection field prior to purchase.

The Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Program is “disclosure only,” with one exception. The only item that must be remedied is the lack of a hard-wired smoke alarm (HWSA – Item No. 41 on the Disclosure Report). If there is no Hard-Wired Smoke Alarm (HWSA) and the proper wiring is not present (in a single family home), the owner/seller must have one installed and verified by the permit process. Installation must be done after pulling an electrical permit for smoke alarm. Homestead owners may get the permit if the wiring already exists. Non-homestead owners must hire a licensed contractor to complete the work. Once the work is complete, please call for the “final” inspection to close the permit.

TISH Program Basics (PDF file)

Buyer/Seller Information

This Truth-in-Sale of Housing disclosure report must be conspicuously displayed at the premises for all prospective buyers to see. A valid disclosure report, or an Alternatively Accepted report (see below), issued under the ordinance, shall be provided to the buyer before or at the time of sale of the dwelling. Disclosure reports shall be prepared and signed only by an independent evaluator who has been certified as a Truth-in-Sale of Housing evaluator under the ordinance. Reports are valid for one (1) year from the date of evaluation. The City of Saint Paul requires only one inspection (report) to be done and available on residential properties for sale. Inspection reports are only valid for one year (365 days) from the date of the inspection.

TISH Requirement to Post – City of St. Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 189.03 (PDF file)

Alternatively Accepted Reports

“Alternatively Accepted” reports may be used in lieu of the Truth-in-Sale of Housing report. Either of these Alternatively Accepted reports must be less than one year old and meet the definition of an Alternatively Accepted City Inspection Report in the ordinance, Chapter 189.01.

  • Letter of Code Compliance from the Department of Safety and Inspections Vacant Buildings Inspector
  • Certificate of Occupancy (only on rental properties) from the Department of Safety and Inspections Fire Inspection Division

TISH Evaluators

Saint Paul TISH evaluators are private contractors, not employees of the City. The City maintains a list of licensed evaluators. You may hire an evaluator through a realtor or agent as long as the evaluator you hire is licensed by the City of Saint Paul. The City will not recommend an evaluator. The City does not monitor, regulate, guarantee or set the fees charged by evaluators.