Code Enforcement

To maintain safe and attractive neighborhoods throughout the city, DHCD's Code Enforcement Division enforces the city's housing, zoning, building and related codes. Recently the division was reorganized and restructured to increase efficiency while making it more accessible to Baltimore residents. Working together, we are a powerful team, committed to maintaining the appearance and value of Baltimore's neighborhoods.

This web site was created to help landlords, homeowners, renters and community groups understand the many codes and how residents can work with us to help keep neighborhoods strong by providing aggressive and equitable code enforcement.

Get answers to frequently asked questions and information on owner and tenant responsibliities.

Penalty surcharge: click here for regulations and form for work conducted without a permit.

Illegal dumping: click here for information about illegal dumping and sanitation.
Illegal dumping brochure (Español)

Learn more about our Code Enforcement policies. 
Code Enforcement policies (Español)

Sanitation Guide for Posting in Units
Sanitation Brochure (English)
Sanitation Brochure (Español)