1220 Caraway Court
Largo, Maryland 20774
Tel: (301) 883-6022
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays.
To make Prince George's County livable and beautiful by enforcing property maintenance standards.
The Property Standards Division (PSD) works to improve the quality of life for all Prince Georgians by providing enforcement services that keep every community in the County clean and safe. The work schedule for PSD runs from Monday through Friday. PSD is committed to providing the highest quality of services possible to every citizen and resident of Prince George's County.
Anti-Litter and Weed Ordinance
The Prince George's County "Clean Lot" Code addresses violations concerning high grass and weeds over 12 inches in height, as well as trash, debris and unlicensed, wrecked, dismantled and inoperable vehicles on vacant property not located within an incorporated area (municipality).
Issues associated with vacant lots within a
municipality should be addressed to the City or Town office.
The Code is not applicable to land over one acre in size that does
not abut other parcels less than one acre in size.
The Sign Ordinance regulates
the placement of signs on private property in Prince George’s
County, the issuance of sign permits, and governs the size and
location of signs, with the exception of the City of Laurel. Compliance
is monitored through on-site inspections.
Single Family Housing (SFH)/ Multifamily Housing (MFH)
Single Family Housing/Multifamily Housing Unit (SFH/MFH) ensures
that all residential dwellings are maintained in a safe, secure
manner, in compliance with the Prince George's County Housing
Code. The Code applies to all residential property and includes
single family and multifamily structures, occupied, vacant
SFH/MFH is responsible for the inspection of over 400 multifamily projects containing 72,000 dwelling units,
10,500 licensed single family rental properties, and all owner-occupied
or vacant dwellings. A rental license can be obtained by calling or coming into our office.
SFH/MFH also identifies distressed
properties, monitors and maintains the condition of residential
dwellings, and initiates condemnation procedures on abandoned,
Code Enforcement Process
An inspection is made in response to citizen
complaints, official referrals, scheduled inspections, or as
part of an overall departmental "cleanup" strategy in communities.
Should violations be found during the inspection, the Code Official will issue a Notice of Violation and /or a civil citation to the owner or responsible person for the property. The owner has a specified amount of time to correct
Minimum Requirements for Dwelling Units
All exterior property
and premises should be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary
All exterior walls should be free from holes,
breaks, and loose or rotting materials.
Exterior wood surfaces should be painted or covered with a protective treatment.
Peeling, flaking and chipped paint should be removed and surfaces repainted.
Metal surfaces with rust or corrosion should be coated with a protective treatment. Wooden surfaces should be free of loose and flaking paint.
The exterior property should
be free from weeds, grasses, annual plants, and vegetation in excess
of 12 inches.
Plant growth must not obstruct walkways,
sidewalks, streets, adjoining driveways and/or the house
numbers identifying the address of the dwelling.
structures and exterior property should be free from rodent infestation.
Open storage of any household appliance, motor vehicle parts, building materials, furniture, dead trees, garbage or similar item is prohibited.
All sidewalks, walkways, stairs,
driveways and parking spaces should be kept free of unsafe
It is unlawful to have more than one
motor vehicle that is wrecked, dismantled, inoperable or
your premises. The one vehicle that is allowed must be
inside a closed garage.
The property must be maintained
free of graffiti.
Gutters and downspouts must
be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions.
stored on a property must be neatly stacked and a minimum
of 18" above
the ground or 6" above an approved weed-free surface.
pools on the property must be maintained in good working
must be maintained in good condition and fence gates
must be operational.
must be stabilized (grass or other approved cover) and
graded to prevent accumulation of water.
decks and/or balconies must be maintained in a safe condition.
glass windows and doors must be free of cracks or voids.
that can be opened must be operable and be able to remain
open by the window hardware.
How to File a Complaint
To file a complaint, please call 311 or visit the County Click 311 web site at http://countyclick.princegeorgescountymd.gov/ . Please include the address of the property in question and a brief description of the alleged violation.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Operations for the Abandoned Vehicle Unit close daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Closed on all weekends, holidays and public auction days.
The Maryland Vehicle Law defines an abandoned vehicle as a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer:
(a) That is inoperable or unattended on public property for more than 48 hours;
(b) That has remained illegally on public property for more than 48 hours;
(c) That has remained on private property for more than 48 hours without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property; or
(d) That has remained on public property for more than 48 hours and:
(i) Is not displaying currently valid registration plates; or
(ii) Is displaying registration plates of another vehicle.
Further definitions of an abandoned vehicle appear in the Maryland Vehicle Law, at Section 25-201 of the Transportation Article of the Maryland Annotated Code.
If you observe a vehicle that meets the criteria for an abandoned vehicle and the vehicle is located on the public right-of-way, please contact County Click at 311. Your complaint can be filed anonymously, but requires basic vehicle information such as the exact street location, make, model, color, violation and condition of the vehicle. If you have a vehicle that is located on private property and meets the above criteria, please call 311 or visit the County Click 311 web site at http://countyclick.princegeorgescountymd.gov/.
Once AVU receives a report of an abandoned vehicle on the public right-of-way, an inspector will investigate the complaint. If the vehicle is not impounded within a ten-day period, please contact AVU for a status update.
Property Owners Request
The Abandoned Vehicle Unit (AVU) will remove a vehicle that is no longer wanted by its owner. To request removal, the owner may either complete an Property Owner's Request for Vehicle Removal Form, which is available online and from AVU, or send a written request (via fax or mail) to AVU granting specific permission for AVU to enter the property and remove the vehicle. The written request must include the vehicle description, and be signed and dated by the property/vehicle owner. The vehicle must be kept accessible for removal at all times.
If You Have a Vehicle Impounded by
Abandoned Vehicle Unit
If your vehicle is impounded, you may contact the AVU at (301) 952-1873 for assistance. When calling, please be ready to provide the staff with either the vehicle's license plate number or the Vehicle Identification Number.
To reclaim a vehicle, you must respond in person to AVU with a clear title (not signed over) or a current registration in the vehicle owner's name only. You will also need a valid State issued picture I.D. and will be required to satisfy all towing, storage and notification fees. Fees will be accepted only in the form of cash, certified check, money order or Discover Card. (There is a fee applied by Discover for any transactions.)
Towing Fee: $125 per vehicle up to one ton
Towing Fee: $250 per vehicle one ton and over
Storage Fee: $25 per day (including weekends, holidays, and auction days)
Notification Fee: $20 certified letter
Once the above conditions have been satisfied, the owner must remove the vehicle from the Impound Facility that day. Failure to do so will result in additional storage fees and, after 21 days, subject the vehicle to re-impoundment and sale at public auction.
If the vehicle is operable and the registration and license plates are current, it may be driven from the Impound Facility. If the vehicle is inoperable, the owner may remove the vehicle with either a tow bar, tow dolly, a legally licensed trailer attached to a legally licensed towing vehicle, or the owner may have the vehicle removed by a towing company that has a current Prince George's County towing license.
AVU conducts public auctions on site. The auctions are held on Fridays and begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. You will need a valid State issued driver's license and must be a minimum of sixteen years of age to enter the facility. No one will be permitted to enter the facility after 9:30 a.m. All vehicles must be paid for in cash, or by check, money order or a Discover Card (there is a transaction fee applied by Discover) by 2:00 p.m. that day. After purchasing a vehicle, you have five working days from the date of the auction to remove the vehicle by the same means as described above in the "Impoundment Section". Failure to remove the vehicle will result in additional storage fees and, after 21 days, subject the vehicle to re-impoundment and sale at public auction.
Disclaimer: The County attempts to provide a description of how it handles abandoned vehicles as a public service, but cannot guarantee its completeness or accuracy. The County reserves the right to change the content of this web page without prior notice.
The information provided on this web page is not a substitute for legal advice. The County assumes no liability for any damages or loss arising from the use of the information contained on this web page.