Alarm & Property Registration and Licensing
NEW: Rental Property Licensing
On August 1, 2018, a new law takes 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. In order to receive a license from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) the property must meet two requirements: 1) must be registered with DHCD using the online portal and 2) must be inspected by a State Licensed, Baltimore City registered Home Inspector.
State Licensed Home Inspectors
To register with Baltimore City to become a rental licensing inspector or to access your account, click here.
Resources and Additional Information
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.
Download Property Registration Forms here. All parts must be completed and signed by owner.
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.
Renew and Pay for your Alarm or Property Registration Online
Log in here if you previously set up an account
Multi Family Dwelling and Rooming Houses
The Baltimore City Code, Article 13, Subtitle 5-1, states that, no person may operate any multiple-family dwelling or rooming house without a license to do so from the Commissioner. A "Rooming house" includes a hotel, motel, or boarding house. A license may be issued or renewed if: all dwelling units are currently registered; the registration fee has been paid; lead paint certification (Part C) is complete; and the annual inspection has been completed.
Search to determine if a property in Baltimore City is currently registered or has a multiple family dwelling license.
Vacant Lot Registration
The Baltimore City Code, Article 13, Subtitle 11-1, states that, by September 1 of each year, the owner of a vacant lot that is assessed for $100 or more must file a registration statement with the Commissioner. At the time of acquisition, a new owner of a vacant lot must file a registration statement and pay any registration fees due.
Property Registration Division
417 E. Fayette Street , Room 100
Open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
You can contact the Property Registration and Multi Family Dwelling Licensing Office by email.