LICENSING REQUIREMENTS All rental properties, 1- and 2-family dwellings and multifamily dwellings (MFD), require a license to operate. In order to be licensed, owners of rental properties are required to: 1. Register the property: a. See steps above under “Registration Requirements” 2. Abate any open violation notices. Check for violations at http://dhcd.baltimorehousing.org/cels 3. Complete inspection requirements: a. Schedule an inspection with a City-registered, State Licensed Home Inspector. A list of inspectors can be found at http://dhcd.baltimorehousing.org/property_registration b. Pass that inspection c. Log into your property registration account, and upload the inspection checklist(s) filled out by the inspector d. Owners/landlords must have their inspections completed and results uploaded by December 31, 2018 in order to be in compliance with the law


Baltimore County Bill 26-18 amended the limitations on applicability of the Rental Housing License requirements. Property owners who are no longer exempted from the licensing requirements of Article 35, Title 6 of the County Code as a result of this Act shall obtain a Rental Housing License:

  • Dwellings not connected to public sewer are no longer exempt.
  • Dwelling units solely occupied by a person related to the owner must be related by blood, marriage or adoption or under the legal custody of the owner. Individuals must be related as grandparents, parents, children or grandchildren only. Family members other than those listed are not exempt.

These properties must now be inspected and registered with Baltimore County by following the process outlined below.

If you own a building in Baltimore County that contains six dwelling units or fewer that you intend to rent, including Section 8 and BRHP-assisted properties, each rental unit must be registered or approved for exemption by Baltimore County before tenants move in.


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