Business & Finance

Where is the Baltimore City Transfer Tax office located?

The Municipal Building, Transfer Tax Unit, Room 1, Suite 1B, 200 Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

City agency
Finance
What is recordation tax?

The Recordation Tax is an excise tax that was previously imposed by the State for the privilege of recording an instrument in the Land Records. Although imposed by the State, the recordation tax, to the extent collected by each clerk or city fiscal office, goes to such city’s treasury.

City agency
Finance
Where do I send a payment for a delinquent bill shown on the Final Bill and Legal Notice?

Checks/money orders for payment of delinquent bills should be made payable to “Director of Finance” and mailed in the envelope provided with the Final Bill or addressed to:

Abel Wolman Municipal Building,
Bureau of Revenue Collections,
200 Holliday Street, 

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

City agency
Finance
What is the homestead tax credit?

The homestead tax credit program was designed to limit the amount of the annual increase in taxable assessments for eligible owner occupied properties. The program dates back to the late 1970’s, a period of rapid escalation in property values. State law requires each Maryland local government to establish a limit on how much owner occupied residential taxable assessments may increase each year. The program protects homeowners from increases in taxable assessment above the level established by local law, or 10%, if no local action is taken. In the early 1990’s, the City established the annual cap at 4% and it continues to be set at 4% today. The credit is applied against the taxes due on the portion of the reassessment exceeding the 4% homestead cap. The credit is applied directly to the property owner’s tax bill.

City agency
Finance
Where can I find the Planning Commission Agendas?

The Planning Commission generally meets twice per month, and agendas are available 1-2 weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.The Planning Commission in its current form dates back to a revision of the City Charter in 1947. At that time, the Charter stipulated that the Commission would be a nine-member board composed of: six citizens appointed by the Mayor,the Director of the Department of Public Works or his designee, a member of the City Council, and the Mayor or his representative. 

City agency
Planning
What are the development requirements for building in Baltimore City?

The Development Guidebook outlines the development process for all who are interested in investing in Baltimore City, including developers, engineers, architects and property owners.

City agency
Planning
I'm interested in development. Where can I find development resources about zoning and the City's master plan?

Current and Proposed Zoning can be found by address and/or neighborhood on CityView. More information on the Proposed Zoning can be found through TransForm Baltimore at www.rewritebaltimore.org. General information about development requirements and the City's Comprehensive Master Plan can be located via the Department of Planning's Website. Information about the development process is summarized in the Development Guidebook.

City agency
Planning
Can I pay my fire related code enforcement fees online?

At this time, fees cannot be paid online. To make a payment, please contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at 410.396.5752.

City agency
Fire Department
Where can I read the fire code?

You can view the Building, Fire, and Related Codes publication which is part of the Baltimore City Code. 

City agency
Fire Department