Livability Code Enforcement


Frederick County Minimum Livability Code

Adopted:  August 23, 1988 by Ordinance No. 88-34-511
Effective Date:  January 1, 1989

Amended:  September 7, 1993 by Ordinance No. 93-18-082
Effective Date:  October 1, 1993

The Frederick County Minimum Livability Code document was adopted in compliance with
Section 6-103 of Article 41B of the Maryland Annotated Code to protect the health, safety and
welfare in residential structures (limited to rental properties) and premises by:

    1.    Establishing minimum property maintenance standards
    2.    Minimum requirements for egress, fire protection systems, and other 
           fire safety devices
    3.    Fixing the responsibilities of property owners and tenants
    4.    Providing for administration, enforcement, and penalties.

Any person who willfully violates any provision of the Code is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction for each violation is subject to a fine not exceeding $500 for each day that the violation exists or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both.  Frederick County has the authority to seek injunctive relief to gain compliance with this Code.

Eligible properties are rental units located in Frederick County.  Inspections are made on a complaint basis.  To file a complaint, please email the contact above or call 301-600-3531.  (Complaints for properties located in Frederick City should be referred to the city inspectors at 301-600-3825.)

Maryland lead paint requirements apply.  Please see Lead Paint Fact Sheet.

Contact Us

  1. Susan Brown
    Housing Program Coordinator - Livability/Rehabilitation

    Housing & Community Development
    5340 Spectrum Drive
    Suite A
    Frederick, MD 21703

    Ph:  301-600-3531
    Fx: 301-600-3585

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.