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Michael Braverman, DHCD Commissioner Mayor Catherine E. Pugh

Alarm & Property Registration and Licensing

NEW: Rental Property Licensing

On August 1, 2018, a new law took effect requiring all Baltimore City rental properties, including one- and two-family and multi-family dwellings, to be licensed to operate as a rental by January 1, 2019. Click HERE to access the Baltimore City Code, Article 13. In order to receive a license from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) the property must meet two requirements: 1) be registered with DHCD using the online portal and 2) be inspected by a State Licensed, Baltimore City registered Home Inspector.

NOTE:

  1. If your MFD license is scheduled to expire in 2018 you are NOT required to get a third-party inspection. A Baltimore City inspector will conduct the inspection as scheduled.
  2. Any MFDs whose license(s) will expire AFTER December 31, 2018, must get a third-party inspection

Property Owners/Operators

The Baltimore City Code, Article 13, Subtitle 4-2, requires every owner of a non-owner occupied dwelling unit, "whether occupied or vacant, whether it is producing revenue or not producing revenue, whether habitable or not habitable" shall file a registration statement with the Housing Commissioner. This must be done within 10 days of any transfer of the property and every January 1st thereafter.

To complete your registration and licensing requirements:

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Rental Property Resources and Information

Registration and Licensing Information sheet

Baltimore City Rental License Inspection Form

Addendum to Rental Licensing Checklist for Multifamily Properties

Sanitation Guide

New Licensing Requirement Brochure

Baltimore City Code, Article 13

Frequently Asked Questions

Search to determine if a property in Baltimore City is currently licensed and registered as a rental property

Alarm Registration

The Baltimore City Code, Police Ordinances Article 19, Subtitle 8, requires an alarm system contractor, monitor and user to register with the Police Commissioner annually. EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 26TH, 2012 there is no fee for users to register an alarm however, contractors and monitors must register and pay the appropriate fee.

Download Alarm Registration Form here

Information for Alarm Users

Download Alarm Company Registration Form here

Information for Alarm Contractors and Monitors

To Register or Renew and Pay for your Alarm or Property Registration Online

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Vacant Lot Registration

The Baltimore City Code, Article 13, Subtitle 11-1, requires that the owner of a vacant lot that is assessed for $100 or more must file a registration statement with the Housing Commissioner. At the time of acquisition, a new owner of a vacant lot must file a registration statement and pay any registration fees due. This must be done within 10 days of any transfer of the property and every year thereafter.

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Contact Us
Via email
Phone: 410-396-3575

Location
Property Registration and Licensing Division
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 100
Open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.