The Environmental Control Board is a regulatory agency with an administrative court charged with the responsibility of adjudicating civil citations in accordance with Article 1, Section 40 of the Baltimore City Code for seven (7) separate city agencies.
What It Does
ECB is responsible for the enforcement of provisions of the Baltimore City Codes that specifically affect the sanitation, environmental, health, safety, and other quality-of-life issues. Specific duties and responsibilities of ECB include the following:
- Establishes procedures for the issuance and enforcement of environmental citations for violations under the ECB’s jurisdiction; procedures for the adjudication of these violations; and, procedures for enforcement of any abatement order contained in a citation.
- Establishes the form and wording of environmental citations.
- Trains code enforcement personnel.
- Provides for qualified attorneys to act as Administrative Law Judges to conduct hearings on contested environmental citations.
- Prepares packets of evidence and transcripts of each appeal from the Administrative Law Judges’ decisions to forward to a three Board panel for review; then the panel makes recommendations to the full Board on the disposition of each appeal.
- Adopts rules and regulations necessary to carry out its duties. These rules and regulations are published online under Baltimore City Codes and Charters as an Environmental Digest.
Community Outreach and Education
The Environmental Control Board provides outreach services to community groups, schools, and other organizations. A member of the board or staff may be available to talk to your group about the functions of the city’s enforcement agencies, the ECB processes, summaries of city codes & regulations, and to answer questions and concerns. The presentation is available in both English and Spanish. If you are interested in having a representative from the ECB talk to your group, please contact Diane Kane at (410) 396-6909.