DHCD Responds to COVID-19 State of Emergency

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), DHCD has:

  • SUSPENDED - In-person services for permits and plans review (construction/building permits).

  • SUSPENDED - In-person services for licensing and registration (property, contractors, and alarms).

Services are available online at dhcd.baltimorecity.gov. The public can also call:
(443) 984-1809 for Permits and Plans Review, or
(410) 396-3575 for Licensing and Registration

  • Construction inspections are continuing as normal.

  • All occupied interior inspections are being handled on a case-by-case basis.

Per the Governor's Executive Order, licenses, permits, and registrations that may expire beginning March 5 are extended until 30 days after the end of Maryland's State of Emergency.  DHCD issued rental licenses and permits expire on various dates, based on the date of issuance. So any such licenses and permits coming up for expiration following March 5 would be automatically extended during the current state of emergency and for 30 days after the emergency is lifted, per the Executive Order.  Our trade licenses and property registrations all expire on the calendar year (December 31), and may not be impacted.   However, the public has the opportunity to keep such licenses and registrations current because of our online ability to generate renewals.

Click HERE for information and updates on DHCD operations and actions.

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