Vacant Licensing Inspections

The purpose of inspections is to promote and assure public safety, health and welfare, to prevent deterioration of vacant properties, to support property values, and to encourage responsible management and use of vacant properties.

*An important focus of both exterior and interior inspections is to assure that security is sufficient and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) standards are met.

Exterior Inspections


  • Conducted annually
  • Exterior inspections do not need to be scheduled and the owner does not need to be present. However, you can request to be present by calling 301-739-8577 ext 103.
  • Results of the inspections will be sent via mail unless other arrangements are made.
Sample of Vacant Exterior Checklist

Interior Inspections


The interior of a vacant structure will be inspected in accordance with the following schedule:

Vacant Residential and Non-Residential Structures - At first renewal and annually thereafter
Vacant Blighted Residential and Blighted Non-Residential Structures - At initial application and on an annual basis thereafter

To request an inspection call 301-739-8577 ext 103 or email your request to Code Administration. Please note that only the property owner or agent can request an inspection.

The following information is required when requesting an inspection:
  • Name of the person/organization requesting the inspection
  • Address of the property to be inspected
  • Entry instructions, including access location, contact telephone number, lock box code, etc.
Sample of Vacant Interior Checklist