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File #: 22-0140R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - Permit Reforms
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 10/3/2022 In control: Economic and Community Development
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - Permit Reforms For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Office of the City Administrator, the Baltimore City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, and other relevant parties to provide information on reforms to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s permit process.
Sponsors: Odette Ramos, Sharon Green Middleton, John T. Bullock, Phylicia Porter, Zeke Cohen, Ryan Dorsey
Indexes: Informational Hearing, Permits, Reform
Attachments: 1. 22-0140R~1st Reader, 2. LAW 22-0140R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Ramos



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Informational Hearing - Permit Reforms
For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Office of the City Administrator, the Baltimore City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, and other relevant parties to provide information on reforms to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s permit process.
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One of the factors that will successfully lead Baltimore City toward its goal of removing vacant and abandoned properties is an efficient and effective permit process to review applications, conduct inspections, and issue permits in a timely manner for homeowners, community development organizations, and developers. In the interest of expanding our Main Street business corridors, the City needs a permit process that can meet challenging demands.

Contractors, homeowners, and small businesses across the City have reported difficulties working with the Department of Housing and Community Development’s “One-Stop Shop Permit Center” (the “Center”) including timely processing, approval of plans, scheduling inspections, and treatment by inspectors, among additional complaints. Businesses along our Main Street corridors also report difficulty navigating the permit process, citing instances where they are told one thing by the Center and something different by the Fire Ma...

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