Being Good Neighbors:
Maintaining the Residential Character of County Neighborhoods
Frequently Asked Questions
What problems are these changes to County code enforcement intended to address?
Why is the government telling me what to do on my private property?
Do these new laws apply to municipalities?
When do the changes in the area of home occupations and parking take effect?
When do the changes in how much of your yard you can pave take effect?
Where do I call or what do I do if I need to make a complaint?
Are there people who can speak to me in a language other than English in the departments of Permitting Services and Housing and Community Affairs?
Is there a standard number for how home many people can live in a home. How do I know how many people can live in one property?
What kind of outreach are you doing to inform people of the changes in the County Code?
I want to have a business operating out of my home. What do I need to do?
I have a home-based business. Can my customers park on my street or in my driveway?
How can I find out what the zone designation is for my home?
How do home occupation limits apply to people who run businesses out of their apartments?
Do deliveries to a home occupation count as visits for the purpose of limiting traffic to home businesses?
What are the limitations on temporary or limited duration signage in residential neighborhoods?
What are the requirements for and limitations on permanent signage for home occupations?
Parking and Paving Restrictions
What are the limits on paving my yard? Do I have to rip up pavement that's already down?
Is there any limit on how many cars I can park in my driveway?
Is it permissible to have cars blocking a public sidewalk when parked in my driveway?
Who enforces people parking or otherwise infringing on County-owned right-of-ways next to streets?
When parking on a residential street is there a regulation that states how far from a neighbor’s driveway a vehicle must be? Who should I call to report a violation?
How are right-of-way restrictions enforced for properties with no curbs?
Does the existing driveway in my front yard count towards the permitted surface area?
Does a carport or a garage count as paved area in determining what percentage of a lot can be paved?
Can residents who have corner lots, park vehicles on the side of their house (on grassy area—not paved)?
Can residents who have corner lots, park on a paved driveway on the side of their house?
Can people who have paved their yards in excess of current County limits replace broken pavement with new pavement?
Is there any limit on how many cars I can park on my street?
I know that large commercial and recreational vehicles can’t park in residential neighborhoods anymore. Can I park them in my driveway?
Are there any limits on how large a recreational vehicle can be parked on someone’s driveway?
Is it okay to have inoperable or unregistered vehicles in your side yard or back yard?
Who should I call to report an abandoned or unregistered vehicle parked on the street in my neighborhood?
Can inspectors lift up the cover placed on a car on someone’s property to determine whether a vehicle is registered or not?
I’m working on restoring an old car. Can I have it on the street or in my driveway even if it isn’t registered?
Can I park my landscaping truck on the street in front of a customer’s house while I’m doing a job?
Can I park my tow truck on my private property?
Why doesn't the new law prohibit all commercial vehicles from being parked in residential neighborhoods instead of just prohibiting large ones?
Are there any limits on parking for farm vehicles?
How long can PODs remain in people's driveways? Can they be in yards? On the street? Who enforces this?
Are their limitations on parking of vehicles or equipment on construction sites?
How are County Codes enforced? Do inspectors drive around the County just looking for violations?
Do inspectors just fine people right away if they find a violation – or do people get a warning first?
Can people make complaints about possible code violations without giving their name?
If I complain anonymously or confidentially, is it really anonymous or confidential? Can someone file a Maryland Public Information Act request with County government and then the government would have to turn over my name or number?
How soon can I expect to see a code violation in my neighborhood cleared up?
How do I know if someone who identifies himself/herself as a code enforcement inspector is really a County employee?
Can people make complaints about possible Code violations without giving their name?
What happens if the property is in foreclosure proceedings?
What happens if the owner does not respond to the warning or fix the violation, and ends up in Court?
What happens if the property owner is on vacation or away, or the property is tenant occupied and the warning is not received timely by the owner?
Is it a violation of the Code for persons to use their carport or their front porch for the storage of household or other items?
How much are the fines for violations of the County Code?
If I get a warning of a violation and I don't agree with it, who do I contact?
What are my rights to appeal a fine?
What will happen with existing basements if an inspector finds more than one violation?
Is there a limit to how much trash an individual can place on their curb for pickup? And, if not, is there a requirement that all trash must be in covered containers?