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Baltimore City Environmental Control Board (ECB)

2015 Tax Sale

Final Bill and Legal Notices are being sent to Baltimore City residents starting February 2nd.  If you receive a notice it means that you have outstanding bills owed to Baltimore City.  If these bills are not cleared, the liens on your property will go to auction during the tax sale.  If your notice includes environmental liens and you feel that the liens were issued in error, you can visit the Environmental Control Board (ECB) for a review of your environmental liens.  Only environmental liens will be reviewed by the ECB.  When you come to the ECB you will need to do the following:

  • Provide information so that we can complete an intake form.
  • Provide a copy of any supporting documentation.  Supporting documentation is any item that supports your claim. 
  • Provide current and reliable contact information.

Reviews of environmental liens are conducted on a first come, first served basis from 9:30am-3:30pm. If you fail to provide the necessary information, the ECB will not to review your request. The cutoff for review of environmental liens is April 15th, 2015.

Mission Statement

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.


Board Meetings

ECB's next board meeting will be:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Environmental Control Board
Executive Conference Room
200 E. Lexington Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202



Environmental Control Board
200 E. Lexington Street
Court Square Building,
Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone: (410) 396-6909
Fax: (410) 396-6876
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