Minimum Requirements for Dwelling Units
- All exterior property and premises should be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition.
- 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.
- All 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 and hazardous conditions.
- It is unlawful to have more than one motor vehicle that is wrecked, dismantled, inoperable or unlicensed on 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.
- Firewood stored on a property must be neatly stacked and a minimum of 18" above the ground or 6" above an approved weed-free surface.
- Swimming pools on the property must be maintained in good working order.
- Fences must be maintained in good condition and fence gates must be operational.
- Yards must be stabilized (grass or other approved cover) and graded to prevent accumulation of water.
- Stairway, decks and/or balconies must be maintained in a safe condition.
- All glass windows and doors must be free of cracks or voids.
- Windows that can be opened must be operable and be able to remain open by the window hardware.
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). This Ordinance allows abatement of conditions by the County if the owner fails to comply and a lien to be place on the property for the cost of abatement.
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.
Required Removal of
Snow and Ice from Sidewalks
The Prince George's County "Abutter's Ordinance" addresses the duty of the owner or lessor of a residential dwelling unit or commercial property to remove snow and ice from any sidewalk within forty-eight (48) hours after snow has fallen or ice has formed as a result of inclement weather or runoff from abutting surfaces. Please click on the link below to read Sec. 23-150 of the County Code.
Abutters Ordinance Regarding Snow Removal
How to File a Complaint
To file a complaint, please call 311 or visit County Click 311. Please include the address of the property in question and a brief description of the alleged violation.