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Yes, the Chapter 155 of the City Code prohibits unreasonably loud noises.
The clerk of the Circuit Court issues marriage licenses in Washington County, visit Clerk's Office Circuit Court for Washington County, MD.
Candidates must file Candidacy Forms with the Washington County Board of Elections (240 313-2050) by January, 2020.
Yes, you still need to register the property. Once the settlement has been finalized it can beremoved from the rental licensing program. You will need to notify the officewhen this happens by calling 301-739-8577 ext. 805.
Building permits are usually issued approximately two-three weeks after a complete application is submitted, but processing time may take longer if application is incomplete or project is more complex.
Small Residential Projects may qualify for Next Day Building Permits.
One and Two Family - The ground snow load is 30 PSF (pounds per square feet)
Commercial and other structures - The ground snow load is 40 PSF (pounds per square feet)
Plumbing permits for fixtures, such as toilet, sinks, tubsAll Mechanical permits
All electrical permits must be applied for by City licensed Electricians
In all residential occupancies, all alarms shall be replaced every 10 years
o All smoke alarms shall be in compliance withUL217 or UL268.
o All carbon monoxide alarms shall be incompliance with UL2034 or UL2075.
o All combination alarms shall be in compliance with all UL listings.
o Smoke alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and combination alarms shall be installed on every level including basements. These types of alarms are not required in nonhabitable attics and crawl spaces.
Smoke alarms, smoke detectors and combination alarms shall be installed outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms. Structures built or alerted after January 1, 2001 shall also install smoke alarms or smoke detectors in each sleeping room. Smoke alarms or smoke detectors shall be installed within 21 feet of any door to a sleeping room, with the distance measured along a path of travel. [2016 NFPA 72 184.108.40.206]
o Structures built on or after January 1, 1989 shall have interconnection of smoke alarms, smoke detectors and combination alarms.
o A Code Official may require interconnection of alarms on structures built prior to January 1, 1989 if substandard aspects of the building warrant such a measure to protect public health, safety and welfare.
Alarms in existing construction are not required to be interconnected unless required by the Code Official.
o Structures built before July 1, 1975 shall have a 10 year lithium battery powered smoke alarms or combination alarms that are sealed and tamper-resistant.
o Structures built between July 1, 1975 and June30, 1990, shall have an AC primary smoke alarms or combination alarms.
o Structures built on or after July 1, 1990 shall have an AC primary with battery backup smoke alarms or combination alarms.
o There are two options
Option 1 – Install 10 year lithium battery power smoke alarms or combination alarms on every level, outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and in each bedroom, or
Option 2 – Install AC primary with battery backup smoke alarms or combination alarms on every level, in each dwelling unit outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
All four or more unit dwellings shall have AC primary with battery back-up smoke alarms, smoke detectors or combination alarms.
o All structures shall meet one of the following power sources requirements
The alarms must be approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory for electrical appliances and approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office and be sufficient to warn deaf or hearing impaired residents or occupants.
Smoke alarms or smoke detectors mounted on walls shall be located not farther than 12 inches from the adjoining ceiling surface. (2016 NFPA 72 - 220.127.116.11)
Smoke alarms mounted on a peaked ceiling shall be located within 36 inches horizontally of the peak, but not closer than 4inches vertically to the peak. (NFPA 72 – 18.104.22.168)
Smoke alarms mounted on a sloped ceiling having a rise greater than 1 foot 8 inches horizontally shall be located within 36inches of the high side of the ceiling, but not closer than 4 inches from the adjoining wall surface. (NFPA 72 – 22.214.171.124)
Smoke alarms shall be installed on the highest portion of the ceiling or on the sloped portion of the ceiling within 12 inches vertically down from the highest point. (2016 NFPA 72 - 126.96.36.199.11)
Smoke alarms and smoke detectors shall not be installed within an area of exclusion determined by a 10 foot radial distance along a horizontal flow path from a stationary or fixed cooking appliance, unless listed for installation in close proximity to cooking appliances. Smoke alarms and smoke detectors installed between 10 feet and 20 feet along a horizontal flow path from a stationary or fixed cooking appliance shall be equipped with an alarm silencing means or use photoelectric detection. (2016 NFPA 72 - 188.8.131.52)
Smoke alarms shall not be installed within a 36 inch horizontal path from a door to a bathroom containing a shower or tub (2016 NFPA72 – 184.108.40.206.6)
Smoke alarms shall not be installed within a 36 inch horizontal path from the tip of the blade of a ceiling-suspended (paddle)fan. (2016 NFPA 72 – 220.127.116.11.8)
If a person would like to do an event in one of the city parks or playgrounds, they would contact the parks office at (301) 739-8577 Extension 160. The parks office would have the regulations, fees and requirements.
If a person would like to do an event in the city but not in a park, they should contact the DCED office at (301) 739-8577 Extension 111. Please have the date, time, and place of your event. Please have a brief description of the type of activities and vendors. Depending on the type of event, there may be permits or licenses required. The city does require any organization or individual hosting an event in public areas to provide a Certificate of Insurance with the City of Hagerstown as an added insured. The general liability is determined by the type of activities.
Contact our offices in writing with your request, by email or mail to:Communications1 E. Franklin StreetRoom 202Hagerstown, MD 21740For more information call (301) 739-8577 Ext 829.
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You can pay your electric and water / sewer bill online at link below.Pay Bill Online
You may visit City Hall at 1 East Franklin Street to pay them in person, make a payment by phone by calling (301)739-8577, Ext 702, or pay by U.S. mail at the address on your bill. Please note that if you pay by phone, a $7 processing fee will be included.
If you would like to permanently add part of the right-of-way to your property, you can request that the City prepare a “quit claim” deed that gives up any interest/rights that the City has to the land. If you would just like to use part of the right-of-way for your own purposes without officially making a claim on the land, you can request a “license agreement” from the City. In either case, call the office of the City Engineer at (301) 739-8577 ext. 125 to discuss your request with staff. You can also refer to the City's Quit Claim Policy for more information.
http://md-hagerstown2.civicplus.com/forms.aspx?FID=120 Fire Report Request Form
It is not uncommon for the software to recommend more units from the onset of the incident. This is a significant benefit to the public in that it gets additional resources to the scene quicker. It also benefits the fire service to improve the safety of the responder's by having more available people earlier in an incident.
Meritus Medical Center regularly schedules seat installations by appointment.
Work Sessions are typically held the first three Tuesdays of the month beginning at 4:00 p.m. Citizens may attend and listen in on these meetings. The Regular Session is typically held at 7:00 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. At the Regular Session, public comments are allowed. The meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chamber located at One East Franklin Street, Hagerstown. Additionally, all meetings are broadcast live on Hub City 25 (Antietam Cable Channel 25), City of Hagerstown's YouTube Channel and City of Hagerstown - Municipal Facebook page.
The program begins on Friday, January 10, 2020. The programs runs for 100 days, concluding on Saturday, April 18. Late Registration through January 31.
There are lots of physical activities that get your body moving. 20 minutes of continuous physical activity (like a Yoga class, skiing, golf) counts as one mile, or simply walk or run a mile, it all counts! Get creative and remember, it’s all about having fun while making a lifestyle change! Email us any questions on making your miles count at: email@example.com
All registered paid participants are automatically eligible to win weekly prizes and entered into the Grand Prize drawing(s) on April 18, 2020. Weekly prize winners will be randomly drawn each Thursday, and winners announced via our website! If you do the math, that’s the chance to win one of 14 weekly prizes like a personal fitness session, golf or swim passes, and gift certificates. We will send you weekly emails to keep you motivated with ideas on how to get your miles in! You get your own parks & rec ‘virtual coach’ as part of the program.
$10 without t-shirt; $20 with t-shirt.$25 for a long sleeve t-shirt. Register with your dog and get a t-shirt and a doggie bandana for $25.
All registered paid participants are automatically eligible to win a weekly prize and entered into the Grand Prize drawings on April 18, 2020. To claim your prize, you must provide a completed and signed miles tracking form to the Parks & Rec office at Fairgrounds Park on 351 N. Cleveland Avenue.
Download the application to request rental of the Fit Room at Fairgrounds Park, 532 N. Cannon Ave. for your private party or business function. Return completed pages of the application to the City of Hagerstown Parks & Recreation division, 351 N. Cleveland Ave. The cost is $50/hour with a 4 hour minimum, plus a $25 admin fee. The Fit Room at Fairgrounds Park is available for rental on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sundays from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. For more information, call: 301-739-8577 x 170. Please keep in mind: a key pick-up date will need to scheduled the week prior to your rental, and a key drop-off date scheduled the Monday following your Fit Room Rental.
To view listings of indoor and outdoor recreation programs, visit: www.hagerstownmd.org/recreationprograms
You may enroll and pay online by clicking through the registration links. Your first time enrolling in a City of Hagerstown Parks & Recreation program, you will need to create a customer account first, by submitting requested customer information, before enrolling in the program. For enrollment assistance over the phone, call our Parks & Recreation staff: (301)739-8577 x 170.
All requests for refunds and/or changes must be submitted in writing to the Parks & Recreation office at 351 N. Cleveland Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Requests received by the Parks & Recreation officeforty-five (45) business days or more before the date the facility is reserved will receive a fifty percent (50%) refund of the total paid in the form of a credit which can be used for future City Parks & Recreation events or facility reservations. No cash, check, or credit card refunds will be issued. After forty-five (45) days, renter forfeits the entire amount paid.
If you need to change the date or location of your facility rental, please contact our office. The request must be received by the City forty-five (45) business days or more before the original reservation date. No date or location change requests will be accepted by the City if LESS THAN forty-five (45) business days before the original reservation date.
All requests for refunds and/or changes must be submitted in writing to the Parks & Recreation office at 351 N. Cleveland Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Requests received by the Parks & Recreation office ten (10) business days or more before the date the facility is reserved will receive a fifty percent (50%) refund of the total paid in the form of a credit which can be used for future City Parks & Recreation events or facility reservations. No cash, check, or credit card refunds will be issued. After ten (10) days, renter forfeits the entire amount paid.
If you need to change the date or location of your pavilion rental, please contact our office. The request must be received by the City ten (10) business days or more before the original reservation date. No date or location change requests will be accepted by the City LESS THAN ten (10) business days before the original reservation date.
Non-residential fences may also be subject to landscaping requirements in accordance with the Land Management Code. Fences can be no taller than 6 feet in residential zoning districts, 8 feet in commercial zoning districts, and 10 feet in industrial zoning districts. Additional Fence Information
Requests for copies of reports (Accident or Incident) must be made in writing. Request forms are available at Police Headquarters or may be downloaded here. The costs is $5.00 per report plus mailing fees if applicable. Accident reports are provided at no costs to involved parties if emailed or received at HPD. However, mailing fees, if applicable must be paid by the requestor.
Police Request Form
Persons seeking to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Public Information Act (PIA) need to go to the City Public Information Request page by clicking here.
Anyone may compliment or make a complaint against a police officer in the following manner:
For more information about the procedures, click here.
Washington County handles all of these permits, even those within city limits. You may find more information here: https://alarms.washco-md.net
The Hagerstown Police Department is hiring currently certified police officers, both lateral (in-state) and comparative compliance (out-of-state).
For payment we accept cash and personal checks. We are in process of implementing an online payment option, for your convenience.
You will find more in depth information on how this program works on our bulk trash page.
You may also make a payment at our after-hours drop box located on Potomac Street in front of City Hall. Payments can also be made online.
We will be in touch regarding the payment due or you may call the Public Works Office at (301) 739-8577 ext. 178. You can also apply in person Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:51 W. Memorial Blvd.Hagerstown, MD 21740
For payment we accept cash and personal checks.
For State intersections please contact: State Highways: 301-791-4790 for County intersections contact: County Highways: 240-313-2720, you may also call Erik Kline at 301-739-8577 x. 177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your report to the appropriate agency.
Radar technology monitors an approaching vehicle's position and speed as it nears the white stop line at an intersection. If an approaching vehicle is exceeding a preset threshold speed prior to the intersection and the traffic signal is red, the camera system will initiate a photograph sequence. The camera first captures a wide-angle photograph of the vehicle before it enters the intersection with the traffic signal clearly illuminated red. Shortly thereafter, the camera captures another photograph of the vehicle in the intersection with the traffic signal still illuminated red. The license plate image is obtained from one of the high resolution photographs. The red light cameras utilize a flash to enhance the photographs and license plate. The camera systems also use full-motion video clips to supplement the photographs printed on a red light camera citation. A multi-step review process occurs prior to issuing each and every citation and it is ultimately trained Hagerstown Police personnel who make the final determination if the criterion to issue a citation was met.
Red Light Camera Program revenue is allocated in the City of Hagerstown’s General Fund where it will be used for Police Department functions.
The cameras and detection devices are mounted on dedicated metal poles prior to and/or after an enforced intersection approach.
Because Hagerstown’s program is new, studies and data will be forthcoming. However, Howard County, Maryland’s program shows significant results in improving safety. A 2008 study (the most recent available) by the Howard County Traffic Engineering department showed an overall collision reduction of 29 percent at enforced approaches. Right-angle collisions have been reduced by 55 percent. The same study also showed an overall reduction of rear-end collisions at sites where the cameras are used. A 2015 Howard County analysis reveals that red light running at enforced sites has reduced by 59 percent when comparing the sites' initial month of activation to their 2015 monthly averages. The same analysis shows that when comparing each camera sites' first full calendar year of recorded red light running to 2015, there is an overall 31 percent reduction.
No. Maryland law prohibits the use of red light cameras for any other purpose other than enforcing red light camera violations.
If a vehicle crosses completely over the white stop line while facing a red signal, a violation has occurred and a citation may be issued. However, if the driver only partially crosses the stop line before coming to a stop, the City of Hagerstown will not issue a citation.
No. If your vehicle has crossed the white stop line and entered the intersection while the light is amber (yellow) and then the light turns red while the vehicle is still in the intersection, a citation will not be issued
Hagerstown red light cameras do not monitor right turn lanes. However, if a police officer observes a vehicle failing to make a complete stop at a red light before making a right turn, the officer may issue a traffic citation.
The citation is sent to the address of the vehicle’s registered owner on record with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Citations are required by law to be mailed within 14 days of the violation.
The citation will include three pictures showing the vehicle committing the violation and the vehicle’s license plate number. It will include the exact date, time and location of the violation, a violation number, the amount due, the due date and instructions for paying the fine or requesting a court date. The vehicle’s speed, the road’s speed limit, the length of the amber (yellow) light and how long the light was red when the photographs were captured are all included. It also includes a signature of the certified Hagerstown Police officer who reviewed the images and determined if the criteria to issue a citation were met. Additionally, red light citations include a link to a web site where you can view the photographs, full motion video and pay the fine. Click here to see a sample citation.
Similar to a parking ticket, the registered owner of the vehicle is the responsible party in Maryland, regardless of who was driving the vehicle at the time the citation was issued. The registered owner is responsible for transferring liability if another person was driving the vehicle at the time the citation was incurred. If you need to name another driver as the person responsible for the citation, complete this form and follow the instructions to send the information via Certified Mail to the appropriate address.
If you receive a citation, you have the option to pay the fine or request a court hearing. If you wish to schedule a hearing, you are required by law to mail a request to:
Hagerstown, MD Violations Processing Center
PO Box 22091
Tempe, AZ 85285-2091
This request must be received five days prior to the payment due date. You will be mailed a notice of the court hearing date, time and location. If you appear in court, the maximum amount you may be charged is a $100 fine and $22.50 in court costs.
The registered owner of the vehicle also has the option to declare he/she is not liable for the citation based on other circumstantial factors. Complete this form and mail it to the appropriate address if you need to contest liability in certain instances.
Failure to pay the fine or request a hearing in a timely fashion may result in a flagging of the vehicle registration and therefore MVA's refusal to renew its registration. If this happens, the vehicle’s registered owner is then liable for an administrative motor vehicle flagging fee with the MVA in addition to the original fine to renew their vehicle registration.
The fine is $75. There are no added late fees. The addition of an MVA administrative flagging fee applies if the citation goes unpaid and the vehicle registration is flagged as a result.
Pay online: View/pay the citation online. Major credit cards are accepted. There is an added $5 convenience fee to use the online payment service.
Mail a check: You may also mail a check for the amount due, along with the payment stub attached to the citation, to:
Hagerstown Police Department
PO Box 742503
Cincinnati, OH 45274-2503
Checks should be made payable to the City of Hagerstown.
Red light camera citations are civil citations, not moving violations, similar to parking tickets. They are not reflected on driving records. No points are assessed. Insurance companies are not allowed to access red light camera violation information or raise insurance rates as a result of them.
Contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700 ext. 352 and ask to speak with the red light camera program administrator. The Police Department’s fax number is 301-733-5513.
Please do your best to ensure that the problem is not internal. If a lineworker is dispatched to investigate, and it turns out to be an internal problem, a charge of $85 will be billed to you. If it is our problem, then, of course, no bill will be rendered.
At that time, you will be required to show proper identification. A new account connection will appear on your first bill. A security deposit will be required unless you can otherwise establish credit. A customer service representative can explain these requirements to you in more detail. You may contact the Billing and Customer Service Office at (301) 790-4160.
There is no charge for this service, but we do require a few days notice. If the service is torn down during the trimming process and we have to make repairs, you will be billed for all work performed. Learn More!
When you call us first, you could save the unnecessary expense of a plumber. Discontinue inside water use. If your sewer cleanout near the street is accessible, our personnel will be able to determine if the blockage is in the customer’s line or in the city’s line. If the blockage is in the city’s line, our personnel will be able to break the blockage, ending the backup. If there is not a cleanout, or if the cleanout cannot be located, you will need to call a plumber to assist you. If you call a plumber first and the blockage is caused by the city, you will be responsible for payment to the plumber. If you do not have a cleanout, you are responsible for clearing blockages from your home to the city main in the street.
As a property owner, you are responsible for your cleanout. If the cleanout is buried, a registered plumber should be able to locate and raise it for you. If it is hidden, you need to make it easy for our crew to access. The Water and Sewer Department Engineering Division may be able to provide a location of the cleanout according to our records by calling (301) 739-8577 ext. 651.
Inflow is were surface water enters the system (i.e., clean out or storm drain). Infiltration is where ground water enters the system either through manholes or broken pipe. Field technicians note the locations for repairs.
City jurisdiction stops at your water meter, the city reads and maintains the meter. In case of emergencies or for extended non-payment, the city will come out and turn on and off water service.