Code Enforcement

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  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code   
Landlord Licensing & Rental Registration Program

On February 11, 2014 the Fruitland City Council introduced, for the first reading, the ordinance creating the City of Fruitland Rental Registration and Landlord License Program.  The second reading of the ordinance occurred on March 11, 2014.  The ordinance (No. 266) became effective on March 12, 2014.

City staff sent out the first letters to all property owners on April 16, 2014.  For the introduction/registration of the Residential Rental and Landlord License Program, these property owners were mailed a packet containing three (3) documents.

Update On December 5, 2017 the Fruitland City Council introduced, for first reading, Ordinance No. 286. The second reading occured and was passed on January 9, 2018. It repeals Ordinance Nos. 266 and 280, and enacts a new Ordinance No. 286 thereby replacing  Chapter 114 entilted "Rental of Residential Premises" of Title XI, Business Regulations, of the Fruitland Code of Ordinances, thereby incorporating a change in registration fees, method of renewal notification and timelines. A copy of which will be attached asap. Per the passage of Ordinance No. 286, an amended registeration form has been posted below.

Registered rental property owners must pay the renewal fees annually (prior to March 1st).  

Rental Inspection Checklist

For affected rental houses built before 1978: Owners must provide a copy of Form MDE 330 Lead Paint Risk Reduction Inspection Certificate.  Maryland Code Ann., Environment 6-8.11 requires that rental owners obtain a State of Maryland Lead Paint Risk Reduction Inspection Certificate (Form MDE 330) which verifies that a Risk Reduction Standard is satisfied.

Update Effective January 1, 2015, all residential rental properties constructed prior to 1978 must comply with Maryland’s Lead Risk Reduction in Housing Act.

The law requires rental property owners or managers to:

  • Register all their rental dwelling units every year with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE);
  • Have lead paint inspections prior to changes in tenancy; and
  • Distribute specific lead risk educational materials.
Questions regarding Maryland's Lead Risk Reduction Program can be directed to or 410-537-4199. 

For any questions not answered on these pages, please feel free to contact Code Enforcement at or at 410-742-1161.

Contact - Linda Powell at or 410-548-2800 ext. 103 - Fax 410-548-7450

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Property Maintenance Violations: (Ordinance No. 287)

  • Your grass can not be over 8” tall.
  • The siding on your house and/or garage must be kept clean; no mold or mildew can be visible.
  • Trash/rubbish accumulation in your yard is not allowed.
  • Buildings/Homes shall have approved address numbers which are clearly visible from the street (a minimum of 4” in height). This allows Fire/EMS/Police to easily identify the property in an emergency situation.

Garbage Collection Violations: (Ordinance No. 235)

  • Bulk pick-up of large items is completed on Fridays only.  A fee of $35 must be paid to City Hall. Bulk items shall not be placed on the curb until 6pm on Thursday.
  • Trash containers shall not be stored at the street other than on the designated collection day.
  • Your trash cans must be removed from the curb and away from public view by 6pm on your day of pick up.

Unregistered Vehicle Violations: (Ordinance No. 287)

  • No inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major dis-assembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.
  • Exception: A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.

Noxious Weeds in Maryland: 

  • Weed Control Program:  The WEED CONTROL PROGRAM enforces the Maryland Weed Control Law and assists farmers or landowners in the battle against the designated noxious weeds Johnsongrass, shattercane and thistles. The law requires landowners to manage noxious weeds on all types of land. Johnsongrass and thistles are considered two of the more persistent and destructive weeds in Maryland since they are very difficult to eradicate. Both the seed and the root system of these weeds must be managed for effective control. Control methods include cultural, physical, mechanical, biological or chemical. MDA enters into an agreement with each of the 16 participating counties to provide technical assistance to landowners for initiating noxious weed control programs.
  • For more information on noxious weeds contact:
    50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy.
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 841-5871

City of Fruitland Code Enforcement
208 South Division Street Fruitland, MD 21826
Phone: 410-742-1161
Fax: 410-548-2808