Within our Coverage Area to process evictions: Yes
Rental Licenses Required: No*
Can you start an eviction without a rental license: Yes

County Website:   http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/
County Hotline: (410) 887-6060

District Court:
900 Walker Ave
Catonsville, MD 21228

120 East Chesapeak Ave
Towson, MD 21286-5307

8914 Kelso Drive
Essex, MD 21221-3135

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Do I Rental License to rent my single-family house?
Yes. The licensing requirements differ for properties located within the city limits of certain incorporated municipalities

Rental Housing Licenses

All buildings or a portion of a building that contain one to six dwelling units intended or designated as rental units must register and be licensed with Baltimore County.

Note: If you are filing an Exemption Affidavit, there is no fee required.


Download Rental Application Packet (select all items below) or individual forms as needed. The PDF applications will open in a new window. Fill-in, print and sign.

Nuisance Complaints Procedure and Form Effective September 27, 2010.
Carbon Monoxide FAQ
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification Effective February 13, 2010
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations (PDF)
Landlords and Tenants: Tips on Avoiding Disputes (PDF)
Rental Registration Exemption Affidavit (No fee required)
Rental Housing Application
Inspection Sheet
Payment Coupon

The following must be returned together (signatures must be original IN BLUE ink):

A Completed application with all information printed, typed, checked, or circled as appropriate.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification
Applicable lead inspection certificate (see page 2 of application).
Completed rental license inspection sheet (completed by licensed home inspector) or “Registration Exemption Affidavit.” (No fee is required for an exemption affidavit.)
Payment payable to “Baltimore County, Maryland” attached to payment coupon.

What is the "Rental Registration Program"?

On December 19, 2007, Baltimore County Council Bill 87-07 was passed requiring that all buildings or a portion of a building that contain one to six dwelling units, intended, or designed to be rented, leased, let or be hired out to be occupied for living purposes be registered and licensed with Baltimore County.

Purpose - To establish a licensing program in the county in order to create an additional procedure for the enforcement of county codes and regulations

to protect and
to promote public safety, health and welfare.
This program is a County Council initiative that started as a pilot program in certain neighborhoods and has grown, by vote of the Council, to cover the entire County on February 3, 2008.


Some of the items checked for:

carbon monoxide alarms
smoke detectors
electrical system
all plumbing - functional
windows are operational
proper ventilation of all combustion appliances (furnace, hot water heater, dryer
secondary means of escape from sleeping areas
no exterior safety hazards

Rental Registration Reports

Some files are large and may take longer to load. These reports are updated monthly.

Alphabetically by Street Name (PDF) - Exemptions codes included in this report are explained at the end of the report.
Summary by Councilmanic District (PDF)
Summary by Zip Code (PDF)

Disclaimer: This information was provided by property owners and compiled by Baltimore County for public access. Baltimore County makes no representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of this information, but rather disclaims responsibility for errors herein and reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.


Rental Housing Registration at 410-887-6060 or e-mail: pdmenforce@baltimorecountymd.gov
Licensed Home Inspectors
FAQ - Rental Registration frequently asked questions.

Permits, Approvals and Inspections

Revised September 29, 2011