THE ECB'S TAX SALE REVIEW PROCESS FOR THE 2022 TAX SALE CONCLUDED ON FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022 AT 3:00PM. NO FURTHER SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
A homeowner may have a lien on their property because of an outstanding environmental citation. Environmental citations are issued by seven other city agencies and can be challenged at the Environmental Control Board (ECB) through a hearing if timely requested. If you were issued a citation and did not request a hearing or pay the original fine within 30 days from the date the citation was issued, your citation began to accrue penalties, which can triple the fine (up to a statutory maximum of $1,000). Once the penalties hit their cap, the citation is considered to be in default and may be eligible for tax sale.
The annual tax sale process begins in the first week of February when the City mails a Final Bill and Legal Notice (FBLN) to the property owner of record at the address on file in the City’s real property database. That notice lists all of the delinquent City liens due through the last day of February. If you have environmental citations on your Final Bill and Legal Notice, and you think that those liens were issued in error, you can contact the ECB for a review of those environmental liens. The ECB can only review environmental liens.
The ECB's Administrative Hearing Officer will review citation(s) included in the FBLN to determine if proper notice was given and to determine if the citation was legally issued. However, the ECB will not review the facts of the citation and will not offer hearings for citations that are included in the FBLN.
Once the Administrative Hearing Officer makes a determination, you will receive a letter from the ECB with the Hearing Officer’s decision which will be the final review by the agency.
To Submit for Review:
To have your citation reviewed by the ECB you must complete the tax sale review form or write to the ECB, offering an explanation and including any documentation available. The completed intake form or letter, along with any documentation, will be reviewed by a Hearing Officer. You must complete a separate intake form for each property.
Environmental citations included on an FBLN will be reviewed from February until April 22, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. After that date, the ECB will no longer review citations included in the FBLN.
*** ALL TAX SALE REVIEW REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL, FAX, OR EMAIL ***
***PAID CITATIONS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REVIEW. PAYMENT IS AN ADMISSION OF LIABILITY***
Ways That You Can Submit the Form to Us:
You can complete and submit the Tax Sale Review Form online (click here); or
To Mail the Form:
One N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
To Fax the Form: 410-396-6876
For questions about the tax sale review process, please contact the ECB.
To pay an environmental citation: Click Here