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During emergencies there are two ways to apply. Permit applications may be submitted via a drop box in the lobby of County Administration building located at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air, MD. Alternatively, applicants can submit a completed application and all accompanying documents via email at email@example.com. We strongly encourage electronic submission during emergency events.
Applications and other necessary forms are available from the Planning and Zoning main webpage ⇨ click on Zoning Administration Document Center. If you have questions regarding forms and applications, please email us at Building@harfordcountymd.gov or call the office at 410-638-6442 any time for assistance.
The permit application is used for commercial permits, residential permits, and zoning certificates. However, not all information is required for every application. Please note, “occupancy classification” applies to commercial permits only.
For most applications can be processed with the following information:
Building Permit/Zoning Certificate Applications may be submitted electronically to Building@harfordcountymd.gov
Building/Zoning Certificate Application
Owner Authorization Letter
The only applications accepted through the ePermit Center at this time are roof mounted solar panels. You must have an account set up through the ePermit Center to process these applications. Please note that ground mounted solar panels cannot be applied for through the ePermit center. Ground mount solar panels are processed as regular building permits and can be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org or via the drop box in the lobby.
Anyone seeking a zoning variance or Special Exception approval should contact Planning and Zoning to schedule a pre-application meeting by calling 410-638-3103. This meeting can be held by phone or video conference. Once the application is completed, the applicant may use the drop box in the lobby or mail the application to the Planning Office. Once the application is deemed complete, we will contact the applicant to arrange payment. After all fees are paid, the application will be sent to the Hearing Examiners office for scheduling.
Zoning violations can be reported to the Zoning Enforcement section @ 410-638-3103 x1910 or via email at email@example.com. Please visit our Residential Zoning Violation and Unregulated Conditions page form more information.
A Site Plan Application Waiver (aka DAC Waiver) may be granted for minor changes or additions to nonresidential uses. A completed and signed waiver form must be submitted along with two copies of the proposed site plan. The application may be faxed, mailed or emailed to the Department or placed in the drop box in the lobby of the County Administration building.
Building permits and zoning certificates are required during emergency events. In general, a building permit/zoning certificate is required to:
Such structures include but are not limited to:
A building permit or zoning certificate may be required for certain home occupations or for the storage of untagged/inoperative vehicles.
A signed Owner Authorization form must be presented at the time of application if another party is applying on the owner’s behalf.
If you are unsure if a building permit/zoning certificate is needed, call the Permits Center at 410-638-3122 and visit the Zoning Administration Document Center.
Most applications are being reviewed and issued within 10 business days.
Once issued, a permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance. If construction is initiated, the permit will remain valid as long as work continues. If work does not progress for six (6) months after initial construction start up, the building permit will be considered ‘expired’. Please call 410-638-3122 for more information.
For plan submittal requirements download the
The budget year runs July 1 to June 30.
The county executive drafts a proposed budget and submits it to the county council, which approves a final budget.
January – county executive holds a public hearing/town hall to solicit input on proposed budget.
April 15 – the county executive’s proposed budget is due to the county council, per the county charter.
May – county council holds work sessions with county department leaders and two public hearings.
By June 15, the county council must approve the budget.
Yes. The county council can only add to the HCPS budget, not remove from it. Any additions to HCPS must come from elsewhere in the budget.
A Pre-qualification Application can be downloaded from the County's website. The application is completed detailing a company's qualifications and examples of the type of work performed as it relates to the various type of pre-qualification categories. The application is submitted to the Procurement Office where it is reviewed and evaluated. A Certificate of Pre-qualification is issued based on the company's qualifications and work history. If approved, a Certificate is issued for a 2 year period only. All pre-qualified companies must resubmit their application prior to the expiration of their current Pre-qualification Certificate in order to continue to be pre-qualified to do business with Harford County. Pre-qualification Application (PDF)
Permits the sale of all alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises only. Holders of this type license shall provide a separate outside entrance for the use of off-sale customers if the majority of retail sales are of items other than alcoholic beverages. Additionally, if the business is predominately one of other types of retail sales, alcoholic beverages shall be displayed and purchased in an area separate and distinct from that of the other retail items. At the discretion of the Board, partitions may be required. A minimum stock of $8,000 in alcoholic beverages, based on an average wholesale value, is required to be maintained at all times. A Class A-1 or A-2 License Holder may not convert his license to a Class A Beer and Wine License unless there is available a Class A License.
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Petit/Trial Jury Orientation: If Harford County Public Schools are closed (due to weather), jurors do not report and your jury service obligation has been satisfied for the calendar year. (Please note that if you did not return your juror qualification form via mail or web, you must contact the Jury Commissioner's Office. Your jury service will be rescheduled.)
If Harford County Public Schools have a delayed opening (due to weather), the same applies for jury duty. For example: If schools open 2 hours late, you are to report for jury duty 2 hours late.
Grand Jury Orientation: If the Circuit Court for Harford County is closed (due to weather), grand jurors are cancelled and your jury service obligation has been satisfied for this calendar year.(Please note that if you did not return your juror qualification form via mail or web, you must contact the Jury Commissioner's Office. Your jury service will be rescheduled.) If the Circuit Court for Harford County has a delayed opening (due to weather), the same applies for grand jury orientation. For example, if the Circuit Court for Harford County opens at 10:00 a.m., you are to report for grand jury orientation at 10:00 a.m.
Seated Jurors: If you are already seated as a grand juror or a trial juror, you must report as instructed by the State's Attorney's Office (410-638-3500) or by the Judge presiding over the case.
Maryland’s jury selection law provides that jurors are selected at random from a fair cross section of citizens residing in the county where the court convenes. Under this law, your name has been selected from a consolidated list of registered voters from the Board of Elections and licensed drivers or identification card holders from the Motor Vehicle Administration from Harford County. Please call or email for more information.
The term of service for trial/petit jurors is the length of one trial (one to multiple days). Plan to be available all day. Plan ahead regarding work commitments, medical appointments, and family events. If necessary, reschedule your service BEFORE your report date. The average length of a jury trial is 2 to 3 days; however some trials last longer. With social distancing and seating limitations, it will take longer to seat a jury. You will be informed of the expected length of trial, including the time it will take to seat a jury, while you are in the courtroom during the selection process. The term of service for grand jurors is 4 months; however the grand jury reports generally 2 days per month. Please call or email for more information.
Jury duty is a civic obligation. As stated by Maryland law, an employer may not deprive an employee of his/her employment solely because of job time lost by the employee as a result of responding to a jury summons or as a result of attending court for service or prospective service as a trial or grand juror. Employers are not obligated to pay employees their wage/salary while serving jury duty. Payment (from employers) for employees attending jury duty is at the discretion of the employer. As a juror, you are paid $20 cash from the court, as expense money, for each day of service. You will receive a work certificate as jury attendance verification for your employer. Please call or email for more information.
Failure to appear for jury duty or failure to return your completed juror qualification form is a serious matter and is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. You may be issued an Order (by certified mail) to appear before the Court and “Show Cause” as to why you did not respond to the summons/report for jury duty. Please call or email the Jury Commissioner’s Office for more information. SCAM ALERT: The Jury Commissioner’s Office (or a Law Enforcement agent acting on behalf of the Court/Jury Commissioner) WILL NOT call (or email) you about failing to appear for jury duty and request money (or credit card/bank/financial information or pre-paid debit cards, etc.) as a payment for a fine or bond. We WILL NOT ask you for your Social Security Number either. Protect yourself: Do NOT give the requested information. Instead, please notify the Harford County Jury Commissioner’s Office at 410-638-3251 about any suspicious phone calls/emails regarding failing to appear for jury duty AND report the scam to your local law enforcement agency (Harford County Sheriff’s Office 410-838-6600) immediately. Never give personal information when answering an unsolicited phone call or email message.
Please listen for instructions for your reporting number, which can be found on your juror badge. You do not report for jury duty unless the recording/website instructs you to do so. Please call or email for more information.
Juror parking is provided (free of charge) on the roof top level of the parking garage located on the corner of Courtland Street and Hickory Avenue. As a parking permit, you will need to place the parking permit, which is provided on the bottom portion of your summons, on your dashboard, visible through the windshield. If you require handicap or oversized vehicle parking, please contact the Jury Office by phone or email for additional information.
If you have lost your summons/parking permit, you may write a note stating "On Jury Duty" and your report date to display on your dashboard or visit the downloads section of our website to
You report to the Harford County Circuit Court building on the corner of Main and Courtland Streets. The address is:
20 W Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
The Jury Assembly Room is on Level B. Please report promptly at the time indicated on your summons. Final reporting instructions will be detailed for you on the recording/website after 5 p.m. on the evening before your report date. The recording line is 410-838-3172. Reporting instructions can be found on the website. Please call or email for more information.
Cell phones and other electronic devices (such as laptops, tablets, etc.) are allowed into the courthouse; however use of such devices will be limited to the Jury Assembly Room. Devices must be turned off while inside a courtroom and are not permitted inside the jury deliberation rooms. Devices are not permitted to take or record photographs, video or other audio/visual images in a court facility. Any persons found in violation of electronic device restrictions shall be subject to confiscation of the device, a fine, or incarceration at the discretion of the presiding Judge of this court. Please call or email for more information.
No weapons, knives or sharp objects of any kind are permitted. No provisions are available for childcare.
You may bring food/drinks, which are allowed in the Jury Assembly Room; however they are not permitted in the courtroom. You will receive a lunch break and other breaks throughout the day. There are many restaurants/delis within walking distance of the courthouse and vending machines are available on Level B right outside of the Jury Assembly Room.
You may bring reading material. Please call or email for more information.
Please be advised that excusal requests are granted rarely and only for undue hardships or extreme circumstances, as determined by the court. Maryland law does not allow exemption based on occupation. There are many people with work and financial hardship situations; therefore not everyone can be granted an excusal. You may submit a written request to be considered a work or financial hardship/excuse if possible.
If your request can be granted, you will receive a call/email on the afternoon before your scheduled report date. If you do not receive a call/email notifying you of an excusal, you will be required to follow the call in procedure for final reporting instructions. If you are instructed to report, you will be given the opportunity to tell the Judge about your hardship of serving more than 1 day. Please call or email for more information.
You can complete your juror qualification form online and reschedule your jury service via web (1 time only) to a more convenient date.
If you are unable to access the online application, you must return your completed juror qualification form along with your written request for a postponement. Postponement requests must be in writing (by email, fax or mail) and will not be considered over the phone. Requests will only be considered if your completed juror qualification form has been submitted and received. The Jury Commissioner’s Office will send you a letter notifying you if your request was granted or denied. If your request was granted, the letter will also contain your new report date.
Note: If you already returned your form, please submit your postponement request in writing (email, fax or mail). If you require an emergency, last minute postponement you still need to submit your request in writing (by email or fax). Last minute requests will only be granted for extreme, unforeseen emergencies. Please submit your
In order to be excused for a medical reason or disability, you must return your completed juror qualification form and provide a written signed statement from your health care provider explaining that you are not able to satisfactorily perform jury duty and indicate the excusal length (temporary/permanent). The note can be written on a prescription pad or letterhead and it should contain your name, date of birth, and juror identification number or your jury service date.
We also have a Medical Excusal Form, for your doctor to complete, available in the downloads section of our website. Your doctor may email, fax or mail the excusal directly to the Jury Commissioner’s Office. An excusal will only be considered if you have returned both your completed juror qualification form and the required doctor’s letter before your report date. See Question 18/Code G on your juror qualification form. Complete the
Complete and return your juror qualification form with a copy of your new driver’s license/change of address card or MVA issued state ID as documentation of your new address. In lieu of the aforementioned, you may submit a copy of a bill, statement, lease agreement, USPS change of address document/yellow forward mail sticker, or paystub, etc. that shows your name and address outside of Harford County. Question 12/Code B of your juror qualification form addresses this issue. Complete the
Complete and return your juror qualification form with a copy of the charges or a letter of explanation listing the charges, dates, and the jurisdiction where the charges are pending. Question 15/Code D on your juror qualification form addresses this issue.
Complete and return your juror qualification form with a copy of the charges or a letter of explanation listing the charges, the sentence, the date and the jurisdiction where you were convicted. Please advise if the conviction was under a different name, such as an alias or maiden name. If you received a probation before judgement, a sentence of less than 1 year/12 months (including suspended time), or a pardon: you are still eligible for jury duty. Question 16/Code E on your juror qualification form addresses this issue.
The Jury Assembly Room is equipped with a private room specifically designated for pumping. The Jury Commissioner's Office does not provide storage for milk. You are required to bring your own cooler & ice packs for storage. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact the Jury Commissioner's Office by phone or email, at your earliest convenience, for further instructions. Any questions or requests regarding this matter should be addressed before your report date.
Trial (Petit) juries are selected for both criminal and civil cases. A criminal trial jury contains 12 jurors, who are responsible for determining if an accused defendant is guilty or not guilty of a crime. A civil trial jury contains 6 jurors, who listen to a case generally involving a dispute between 2 or more parties. Both criminal and civil jury trials have 1 or more alternate jurors, who are selected to replace a juror that has been excused or dismissed during the course of the trial.
A Grand Jury consists of 23 jurors, who are called together to do 2 things: receive and hear evidence to determine whether probable cause exists to charge someone with a crime; and conduct certain investigations. Please call 410-638-3251 for more information.
Contact the Jury Commissioner’s Office by phone or email between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you call the Jury Office during the morning orientation (between 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m.) you will not be able to speak to a member of the office. You can wait to call until after 9:30 a.m. or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be patient. Calls/messages are returned in the order they are received. Due to the high volume of calls, you may receive a quicker response by emailing your questions. For more information, contact the
Yes, meetings are open to the public and are held the 4th Monday of each month, 6:45 p.m. at the Department of Community Services, 125 N. Main Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. To verify meeting times and dates, call 410-638-3150.
The County Executive appoints commissioners. Commission membership is usually representative of Harford County Districts. Membership term is 3 years with the opportunity of serving 2 terms. Women interested in serving should request applications by emailing Sylvia Bryant, calling 410-638-3150, and/or attending a monthly meeting.
Call the Child Support Enforcement Bureau at 800-332-6347 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. More information is available on the Maryland Department of Human Resources site.
There are numerous support groups addressing various problems and they are listed in the Harford County Resource Guide. A copy of the guide is available through the Department of Community Services, 125 N. Main Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014, or from this website.
Support groups for domestic situations are the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC) 410-836-8430, and Anna’s House 410-803-2130. For a complete listing, view the Harford County Resource Guide. A copy of the Resource Guide is available through the Department of Community Services at 125 N. Main Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014 or from this website.
If family violence is involved, call SARC 410-836-8430; if not, call the Lawyer Referral Service 410-836-0123 or the Legal Aid Bureau in Bel Air, Maryland 410-836-8202. For more information visit the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center SARC Website.
You may contact the Harford County Commission for Women at 410-638-3389. You may also email the League of Women Voters, call them at 410-272-1815, or visit their website.
For the General: October 22, 2010 through October 28, 2010. Sunday is not included. Harford Votes
In addition, lots may be created for members of the immediate family for owners as of February 8, 1977. Any new lot created shall be a minimum of 2 net acres unless the lot is located in a Agricultural Preservation District or developed under Conservation Development Standards.
Lots existing in the Agricultural District which were created prior to February 8, 1977 may be as small as one-half acre. Any undeveloped parcel legally created prior to February 8, 1977 which can meet required standards for well and septic are recognized as buildable lots.
Yes. It is the business’s responsibility to notify the State Department of Assessments and Taxation of the fact that they are no longer in business. The State Department of Assessments and Taxation will continue to assess the business with estimated assessments until they are made aware of the business closing in writing (they need the date of finality of when the business closed). It is the responsibility of the county to collect the taxes based on the assessment. Therefore, it is in the business’s best interest to contact the State Department of Assessments and Taxation and let them know of the closure of the business. If they have estimated assessments, they should attempt to get them abated by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
If the business does not file a return with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, the department will then estimate an assessment based on the type of business and the previous assessments. In some cases, the estimated assessment is double the previous year assessment.
In Maryland, there is a tax on business owned personal property that is imposed and collected by the local governments. To foster the uniform and consistent administration of this tax, responsibility for the assessment of all personal property throughout Maryland rests with a single state agency, the Department of Assessments and Taxation. Personal property generally includes furniture, fixtures, office and industrial equipment, machinery, tools, supplies, inventory, and any other property not classified as real property.
CLICK HERE to find your Federal, State or County Representative. You can also contact the Harford County Board of Elections at 410-638-3565.
However, when the Council sits as the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Council members are functioning as a quasi-judicial board whose duty is to interpret the zoning law. In interpreting the zoning law, the Board may only consider the law and facts which are included in the record of the case. If a Council member has outside knowledge of a zoning case, the member may be obligated to refuse to participate in that zoning case. Also, the Harford County Charter, 706(b), prohibits an individual from influencing or attempting to influence, directly or indirectly, a member of the Board of Appeals in arriving at a decision in any pending zoning case.
City of Aberdeen 410-272-2222Town of Bel Air 410-638-4550City of Havre de Grace 410-939-1800Aberdeen Proving Ground 410-278-5201
The application is available here: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15430/COVID-19-Small-Business-Relief-Application
Healthy trees must remain in place and removing them for a view is not permitted. Buffer Management Plan Form (PDF)
The 2019 estimated population for Harford County is 256,000.
Population forecasts for Harford County are expected to increase by 44,225 people between 2015 and 2045. The population projections are estimated for: 2020 - 257,680; 2025 - 264,870; 2030 - 271,865;2035 - 280,570; 2040 - 289,220; 2045 - 294,250.
The estimated 2019 number of households in Harford County is 96,396. The Projected number of households are estimated for: 2020 - 97,241; 2025 - 101,021; 2030 - 104,801; 2035 - 108,591; 2040 - 112,380; 2045 - 114,752.
The 2015 estimated median household income for Harford County based on the 2011 - 2015 American Community Survey data is $80,465.
Please contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Harford County at 410-638-3245 to determine recording fees that they will require be paid at time of recording.
Also, please contact the State Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-838-4800 to determine if the property is used for agricultural purposes and could possibly require the repayment of agricultural taxes. State Department of Assessments and Taxation
For construction projects only, the county requires companies be prequalified in order to ensure that a company has the experience and skill necessary to perform each construction project valued at $100,000 or more. A Prequalification Application can be downloaded from the county’s website. The application is completed detailing a company’s qualifications and examples of the type of work performed as it relates to the various type of prequalification categories. The application is submitted to the Procurement Office where it is reviewed and evaluated.
A Certificate of Prequalification is issued based on the company’s qualifications and work history. If approved, a Certificate is issued for a 2 year period only. All prequalified companies must resubmit their application prior to the expiration of their current Prequalification Certificate in order to continue to be prequalified to do business with Harford County.
To Our Valued Contractors:
Unless there is a documented performance issue, suspension or debarment related to your company, all prequalifications will be extended to the 30th day after the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded. This decision is in line with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order dated March 12, 2020. This does not include prequalifications that are not expiring during the current time frame.
A waiver from DAC may be granted for minor changes or additions to nonresidential uses. An application form must be completed and two copies of a site plan submitted with the proposal. Final approval will then be made with the building permit application. The application form can be filled in and printed from this site or you can obtain a copy in the Planning and Zoning Office.
Lots existing in the Agricultural District which were created prior to February 8, 1977 may be as small as 1/2 acre. Any undeveloped parcel legally created prior to February 8, 1977 which can meet required standards for well and septic are recognized as buildable lots.
Subject to the requirements of your Homeowners' Association covenants, fencing is the only structure which will be permitted within this area. You may also mow existing grass areas and perform normal yard maintenance. The planting of additional native trees, shrubs and plant materials is also permitted and encouraged, but it is recommended that the use of fertilizers and pesticides be limited due to the environmental sensitivity of these areas.
In Harford County it shall be lawful for any licensee under this article to employ any person 18 years of age or older for the general purposes of employment including selling or serving alcoholic beverages. (This is intended to mean that not even a family member under the age of 18 may be engaged in the sale or dispensing of alcoholic beverages). However, persons under the age of 18 may be used as stock persons or bus persons for the purpose of cleaning tables, (NOT SERVING). Liquor Control Board Page
Harford County Department of Public Works: Division of Highways and Stormwater Management – 410-638-3279
To see if you qualify, and for an application, visit our Web page: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2451/Real-Property-Tax-Credit-Information
City of Aberdeen 410-272-2222 Town of Bel Air 410-638-4550 City of Havre de Grace 410-939-1800 Aberdeen Proving Ground 410-278-5201
Applications can be obtained at the Office on Aging. Call them at 410-638-3025 or 410-638-3026 or go online to download an application from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) website.
For additional information on Medical and Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs go to the Programs Assistance Page. DHMH Website
1. The prestige of formal recognition that your property is significant in American/Harford County history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and/or culture;
2. Eligibility for County, State and Federal historic preservation tax credits and other funding opportunities such as grants;
3. Historic designation improves property values and protects the value of your investment. Real estate experts have found that historic designation of a property, especially in districts, increases the salability of a property. Buyers will pay more for historic properties that are well maintained and have intact historic character;
4. In designated districts, it prevents your neighbors from completing any incompatible home improvements that can potentially diminish property values;
5. Designation of a historic landmark, especially in designated historic districts, can protect your property, neighborhood, village, or town from inappropriate development. It will preserve its character and maintain its identity;
6. Historic designation and historic preservation, in general, can help prevent sprawl and unwanted developed;
7. If you restored or rehabbed your property, landmark designation will provide a level protection on all your hard work. It can provide assurance that future owners will preserve what you have accomplished;
8. As the owner of a historic landmark, you will be able to receive FREE technical assistance from the county Historic Preservation Planner and members of the HPC;
9. Owning a home that was constructed with old growth wood and other good quality building materials that are more durable than materials used today.
To be eligible for a historic landmark designation in Harford County, a site, structure, building, district, or object must be surveyed in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, at least 50 years of age or older, have sufficient integrity of location, design, materials, workmanship AND meet one or more of the following:
1. Historical and Cultural Significance:
2. Architectural and Design Significance:
The designation process has three primary stages:
1. Nomination to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC);
2. Review and vote by the HPC; and
3. Review and vote by the County Council.
The process begins with submittal of a completed Historic Landmark Nomination Form [MC1]. Nominations may be submitted by a member of the HPC, owner of record of the nominated property or any other person or organization, however a nomination for an individual site, structure, or property, must have written consent of, the legal property owner(s) before it goes to County Council.
At a public meeting, the HPC will review the nomination and staff recommendations. The HPC will determine if the nomination adheres to the Criteria for Designation, and vote to recommend the nominated resource to the County Council. The authority for designation of Harford County Historic Landmarks rests with the elected County Council.
The nomination is then sent by the Department of Planning and Zoning, in conjunction with the HPC, to the County Council. After written notice to the owner, and another public hearing, the Council will vote to place the nominated resource on the Harford County Historic Landmarks List.
For more information OR if you are interested in nominating a resource for designation as a Harford County Historic Landmark please contact the Joel Gallihue, at (410)638-3136, or by email, email@example.com
[MC1]Link to Nomination form pdf
The Historic Preservation Commission or HPC consists of seven volunteer members that are appointed by the County Executive. Each HPC member possesses a demonstrated interest, specific knowledge, or professional or academic training in the fields of history, architectural history, architecture, planning, archaeology, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, or related disciplines. The HPC is staffed by the County’s Historic Preservation Planner, who provides technical assistance and serves as a liaison between County departments and the HPC. The HPC recommends Harford County properties for inclusion on Historic Landmarks List, considers petitions for Landmark Historic Districts, reviews proposals for exterior alterations to designated County Historic Landmarks, and advises the County Executive on the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of historic resources that are significant in Harford County’s historic and cultural heritage.
Yes, historic landmarks can be changed. The HPC has no authority over the use or interior of any historic landmark. The HPC does approve changes, including additions, provided that they are in keeping with the major character-defining exterior features that make the structure historically significant. Changes to the exterior or any undertaking that requires a building or demolition permit, from the Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits requires prior approval from the HPC through a Certificate of Appropriateness or COA. General, routine maintenance, that does not change the appearance of the historic landmark, does not need approval.
The basic principle is to retain and rehabilitate – rather than replace – the building’s historic materials (especially windows, doors and siding) so that the building retains its physical integrity as a representative of itself and its time in history.
The details of COA applications will, of course, vary from landmark to landmark, but the HPC does try diligently to balance its responsibility for adhering to proper standards with accommodating the owners’ preferences.
As in most jurisdictions throughout the United States and Maryland with local historic preservation programs, Harford County uses the publication issued by the National Park Service entitled The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Projects submitted for approval by the Historic Preservation Commission typically fall within the chapter of the publication dealing with "Standards for Rehabilitation." These are broadly worded guidelines that focus on rehabilitation and repair. All proposed work must follow these standards.
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are common sense historic preservation principles in non-technical language. They promote historic preservation best practices that will help to protect our nation’s irreplaceable cultural resources. They are a series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. The Standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties—preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction with Guidelines for each.
Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values. The Standards for Rehabilitation are common sense principles in non-technical language that focus on repair and rehabilitate – rather than replace – the building’s historic materials. The Standards are:
1. A property will be used as it was historically or be given a new use that requires minimal change to its distinctive materials, features, spaces and spatial relationships.
2. The historic character of a property will be retained and preserved. The removal of distinctive materials or alteration of features, spaces and spatial relationships that characterize a property will be avoided.
3. Each property will be recognized as a physical record of its time, place and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or elements from other historic properties, will not be undertaken.
4. Changes to a property that have acquired historic significance in their own right will be retained and preserved.
5. Distinctive materials, features, finishes and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property will be preserved.
6. Deteriorated historic features will be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature will match the old in design, color, texture and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features will be substantiated by documentary and physical evidence.
7. Chemical or physical treatments, if appropriate, will be undertaken using the gentlest means possible. Treatments that cause damage to historic materials will not be used.
8. Archeological resources will be protected and preserved in place. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures will be undertaken.
9. New additions, exterior alterations or related new construction will not destroy historic materials, features and spatial relationships that characterize the property. The new work will be differentiated from the old and will be compatible with the historic materials, features, size, scale and proportion, and massing to protect the integrity of the property and its environment.
10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction will be undertaken in such a manner that, if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.
Examples of approved projects include, but are not limited to:
Examples of projects that do not follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards include, but are not limited to:
1321-B Woodbridge Station WayEdgewood, MD 21040*Walk-ins accepted Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.. From 1 - 4 p.m., call 410-612-9909, ext. 2204 for an appointment. After hours and weekends, contact any local law enforcement for referral to the Disaster Assistance Coordinator. Community Action Agency
15 S Main Street, Suite 106Bel Air, MD 21014Phone: 410-638-3045Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 S Main Street, Suite 106Bel Air, MD 21014Phone: 410-638-3045Email: email@example.comYou can also call the Landlord/Tenant hotline (Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.) at 800-487-6007.
Public School Impact Fees, authorized under Bill 05-21, as amended, became effective on July 1, 2005. Impact Fees were amended under Bill 09-37 which became effective December 4, 2009.
20 W Courtland Street Bel Air, MD 21014
15 S Main Street, Suite 106Bel Air, MD 21014Phone: 410-638-3045Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAnother option is to call the Landlord/Tenant hotline (Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.) at 800-487-6007.
If your property has been seized during an arrest or the execution of a search warrant, you may call the State's Attorney's Office. If your property is needed for evidence or is subject to forfeiture, it is likely that it will not be returned. State's Attorney
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is a group of individuals from specific agencies and interested community members who assure the county has the planning and resource capabilities for chemical emergencies. Please call 410-638-4900 for more information.
After a chemical incident in India that killed and injured thousands of people in 1985, there was concern whether the same kind of incident could happen in the United States. In answer to rising attention, President Ronald Reagan signed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act into law on October 16, 1986. Title III of that act is known and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Law (EPCRA).
One of the first actions of the act was for each governor to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). This commission divided the state into Local Emergency Planning Districts (LEPD’s) and appointed members of that community to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Please call 410-638-4900 for more information.
Members are selected from certain agencies and businesses who would have an interest or play an active role in response to a chemical emergency. They assist in formation and annual review of an emergency plan that is required by the law. EPCRA specifies certain roles that must be included in the membership of the LEPC, they include:
-Emergency medical services
-Federal facilities (military, parks and prisons)
-Local emergency planners
-Local industrial facilities
Individuals from each of these groups are appointed to the LEPC through the State Emergency Response Commission. The appointments are reviewed yearly and changed as needed. Please call 410-638-4900 for more information.
Each Local Emergency Planning District must have a written plan that covers response to incidents involving hazardous materials. These plans cover who will respond and what roles they have in public safety, containment, cleanup and recovery from a incident.
Harford County maintains this plan and along with specialized planning for natural occurrences such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other severe weather. There are also special annexes for incidents occurring at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station and Aberdeen Proving Ground with the chemical weapons stockpile.
This plan is available for public review at:
Emergency Operations Center
2220 Ady Road
Forest Hill MD 21050
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Harford County Emergency Operations Plan, HAZMAT Annex is submitted yearly to the State Emergency Response Commission for review. Please call 410-638-4900 for more information.
Each facility that maintains more than specified amounts of a hazardous substance in inventory that is classified as a hazardous substance by federal standards is required to report it to certain agencies. The reports are called Tier II reports and they are due prior to March 1 of each year. These reports list the chemical name, amounts stored, storage information and the hazards associated with the specific substance.
This information is sent to the local fire department serving the facility, the Local Emergency Planning Committee and to the State Emergency Response Commission. The information on the report is then reviewed by the agencies to assure the plan covers any threats that may arise from these hazards and that proper resources are maintained to respond to an emergency situation involving these substances.
Certain chemicals that can do excessive harm to public safety and the environment are listed as Extremely Hazardous Substances or EHSs. EHSs are given lower reporting amounts called Threshold Planning Quantities or TPQs, which require reporting for amounts as low as 10 pounds up to 500 pounds or more of these chemicals. Please call 410-638-4900 for more information.
All Tier Two Reports are maintained for public information and are available from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). To obtain this information contact the LEPC at the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations 410-638-4900. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can also write the LEPC at the following address and request the documents to be mailed to you:
Harford County Local Emergency Planning Committee
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Please be sure to include your return address and what facility or geographical area you are requesting reports for.
Through the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), a citizen can request a copy of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for specific chemicals on-site at the facility. A MSDS will provide you with specific information on the chemical to include its hazards, safety precautions, medical treatment for exposure and characteristics.
You may contact the LEPC at 410-638-4900 or email your request through a form provided on our website. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit our
Millions of pounds of chemical products are transported through Harford County every day on our highways, railways, pipelines and airlines.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee conducts routine studies of what is being transported through Harford County with the TRANSCAER System, an organized method of gathering data from carriers and making sure the proper resources are available for an emergency involving those substances. This includes placard counts of the tractor trailers on our highways, cargo reports from railroads and updates on the pipeline operations. Please call 410-638-4900 for more information.
If you operate a business in Harford County, free assistance is available from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) on all your compliance needs under SARA Title III. Members will come out to your facility and assist you in determining your reporting requirements. They will also help you fill out the forms correctly and mail them to the proper authorities. The entire process normally only takes a few hours. To obtain this assistance call the LEPC at 410-638-4900.
Harford County Code requires that all releases of a hazardous material be reported at once to the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations. You may call 911 to make the report, even if a full response from the hazmat team and fire department are not needed. The dispatchers at 911 are trained to take the information and make the proper notifications based on the type of material and the environment into which it was released.
For a small spill that has been contained and presents no public or environmental hazard, you may just have a visit from a hazmat representative. If the spill is large or a threat to the public and/or the environment, a full response will be sent to assist you in cleanup.
Facility operators are required by local, state and federal law to make other notifications to proper authorities. On the local level they should call 9-1-1 and make the report. Maryland law requires notification to the Maryland Department of the Environment and in certain cases federal notification will have to be made through the National Response Center. Non-reporting can result in criminal charges and/or huge fines, some as high as $25,000 per day. If you are in doubt, report it.
The Right-to-Know, a guide for environmental compliance is available free from the Local Emergency Planning Committee. This publication covers all reporting requirements, phone numbers and report forms to assist you in making proper notification in the event of an accident. Contact the LEPC at 410-638-4900.
Each facility that maintains, produces or transports hazardous materials should have a written emergency plan known to all employees. They should know who has to be contacted and to do so even if they cannot reach management personnel. Failure to make notifications in a timely manner can result in large fines to the owner\operator of a facility/vehicle.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee will assist you in preparing this plan, free of charge. Call 410-638-4900 to make an appointment.
Under Harford County Code, a written report can be required for any release of a hazardous material. Under SARA Title III certain releases require written reports to the Maryland Department of the Environment and to the Environmental Protection Agency. Failure to file these reports can result in fines up to $25,000 per day of non -compliance. Please call 410-638-4900 for more information.
The Harford County Local Emergency Planning Committee meets monthly except in August. The meetings are:
-Third Wednesday of each month
-Emergency Operations Center
You may call 410-638-4900 for meeting information and directions to the college. The public is always welcome.
A wide variety of recreation programs and activities are offered by 20 recreation councils throughout the county. To find an activity or program that’s right for you, go to the Parks and Recreation web page and select the Recreation Council tab. From there, select the recreation council representing your geographic area (Bel Air, Edgewood, Fallston, Havre de Grace, etc.). The activities and programs offered in that area will be displayed.
Yes. There are many facilities throughout the county that can be reserved for any type of family function. Those facilities include the Edgewood Recreation & Community Center, McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air, Havre de Grace Activity Center, Norrisville Library and Activity Center, Emmorton Recreation & Tennis Center, Forest Hill Activity Center, Chenowith Center in Fallston, Anita C. Leight Estuary Center and Eden Mill Nature Center.
No. All tobacco products are prohibited at all county parks and facilities.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Flying Point Park or Mariner Point Park, but they are allowed at Aberdeen Festival Park, Churchville Recreation Center, Forest Hill Recreation Complex, Francis Silver Park, Hickory Park, Norrisville Recreation Complex, and Reckord Road Park with a permit.
No, swimming is allowed at the Flying Point Park or Mariner Point Park. There are no lifeguards and the water quality varies.
No. Each council is an independent entity with a separate treasury, therefore, the funds are non-transferable.
Contact your local recreation office at
On Parks and Recreation page, select the Parks tab and click on Favorites. Next, select the features or amenities you are searching for (boat launch, pavilions, trails, playgrounds, etc.). The parks with your selections will be displayed at
The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center and Eden Mill Nature Center have native live animal displays in their centers. Both feature turtles, snakes and many other creatures.
Please call 410-638-4899 at least two weeks prior to the program start date to request an ADA accommodation or modification.
Most definitely. The majority of our brides choose to have both here. The ceremony/reception time is the event time.
For small functions of 100 (mingling) or 70 (seated) or when dancing is not part of the activities, the house and grounds only may be rented. The house, however, only has moderate size rooms which cannot accommodate everyone together. The house is not conducive to having wedding ceremonies inside for this reason.
The house only is often used for corporate meetings, cocktail, birthday and anniversary parties. The many rooms inside make excellent break-out rooms for meetings or retreats. The back patio is often used for meetings in pleasant weather.
No, the house is used for restrooms, changing area for the wedding party, gifts, cocktails, and has a large commercial kitchen the caterers use.
No, but we have literature from many vendors available in the Swan Harbor Farm office.
No fee is required, however, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
No, the tent is an open frame tent. We do, however, allow outside rental equipment to be used, provided they are delivered and picked up during the contracted time.
Call the office, 410-939-6767, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to make an appointment with the event coordinator.
Appointments are made Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can visit the farm anytime dawn until dusk as a park visitor and see the grounds only.
Live music and DJs are allowed for the ceremony and reception. Music, but no dancing, is allowed in the house.
Our outdoor season starts in mid-April and extends through the end of October. Smaller inside events can be booked year-round.
The ceremonies usually take place on the lawn in the front of the house facing the Chesapeake Bay. They can also take place along the walkway leading from the formal garden to the Bay.
Eligible homeowners may reduce their property taxes by applying for a real property tax credit. A list of available credits can be found on the Real Property Tax Credit Information page.
Bills are mailed out July 1 with the base amount due by September 30. Beginning October 1 interest and penalties are added to the base bill amount.
The purpose of assessing interest and penalty is to encourage timely payment of taxes.
Usage bills: The County bills each customer for water and sewage usage on a quarterly basis. Each customer has 30 days for payment. After 30 days a 5% late fee is added to the bill as required by the County Code Section 256-19(A)(4). Service may be terminated if the bill remains unpaid. If service is terminated an additional fee of $50 will be added to the bill for turn-off / turn-on.
Water and Sewer Capital Charges: Depending on where the property is located in the County, a property served by the County's water and sewer system can have 1 or more annual assessments that are due on the property. Most annual assessments are mailed July 1 to the latest property owner of record. An additional 1.5% is added to the base bill for each month or portion of a month the assessment is past due. Should the assessment remain unpaid as of the third Monday in June, the property will be sold at the annual Tax Sale of the County. To determine the amount of any assessments on a property, you may view the amount due online at Property Bill Search or call the Water and Sewer Accounting Section at 410-638-3311. They will provide you with an explanation of the charges against your property and the length of time remaining for the assessment.
Service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
By Mail:Bureau of Revenue CollectionsP.O. Box 609, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.
In Person:220 South Main Street Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Except on County holidays A "drop-box" for payment is also located at this address.
By Telephone:To make a payment by phone, call 1.844.836.9732
Visa®, MasterCard®, and Discover® credit cards and electronic checks are accepted. A convenience fee may apply.
We have detailed information provided on one page for your convenience. Please visit the Water & Sewer Rate page.
A Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is prepared annually and is provided to all customers in accordance with federal and state requirements.
To view the Latest CCR .
In addition to the tests performed at the treatment plant, 100 samples each month are analyzed from various areas of the County water distribution system and tested for bacteria, and chlorine residual. If any test is positive, a new sample is taken from the same area and re-tested. Positive findings must be reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the public would be notified through the media. Harford County has never had a confirmed positive reading related to the water quality of the distribution system.
And periodic samples are taken throughout the distribution system to demonstrate compliance with the lead and copper rule and the disinfection byproducts rule.
Harford County DPW has implemented this program to replace water meters that are currently greater than 15 years old at no charge to our customers.
If your old meter is located outside your home our mechanics will swap out the meter without contacting you. If your meter is inside your home it will require our mechanics have access inside your home to exchange the meter requiring you to schedule an appointment. You will be notified of the need to contact us for scheduling. Someone at least 18 years old must be home during your installation appointment. In addition, consider the following:
The new meter will typically operate the same as the old meter. All water meters in Harford County have a wireless device that transmits the meter readings on a licensed radio frequency over a short distance to a handheld.
You may detect a slight increase in your water bill. As meters age, they tend to run slower and lose accuracy over time. The new meters record consumption more accurately.
Please call the Harford County Division of Water and Sewer Maintenance Department at 410-612-1612.
Please contact your trash collector for the pick up day of your address. Most residents will continue with the same collection day as previously. The residential trash collectors in Harford County are:
Bartenfelder Sanitation Services, 410-420-9220
Cockey’s Enterprises Inc., 410-242-3344
Republic Services, 800-284-7056
Waste Industries, a GFL Company, 410-457-0404
Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County’s Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637.
Maryland law requires that all apartment and condominium communities with 10 or more units provide a recycling program for residents on or before October 1, 2014.
Our Solid Waste Management Plan had been amended to reflect the new State requirements. The amendment can be found on the Apartment and Condominium Recycling page.
As a reminder, the State Law establishes the following schedule to implement the program:
For more information, please contact the Office of Recycling at 410-638-3417 or email email@example.com.
Your trash collector is also picking up your recycling. Phone numbers of the major trash collectors in the County are:
Harford Trash Services, Inc., 443-752-0784
Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County's Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637.
They accept all recyclable materials free of charge, Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Also accepted for recycling at the Disposal Center are clothing and textiles, computers, scrap metal, motor oil and antifreeze, ink jet cartridges, used propane cylinders, and wet cell batteries.
No. Yard trimmings (grass clippings, limbs, branches, bushes, leaves) must be brought to either the Harford Waste Disposal Center at the Mulch and Compost Facility, Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., free of charge. Or, the former Tollgate Landfill drop off site, December - March Saturdays only; April - November Thursday, Friday and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m at 703 North Tollgate Road Bel Air, MD 21014
The Army’s Steam Purchase Agreement for the Waste-to-Energy facility expires in March 2016. The Army has notified the county of its desire not to renew this agreement and to shut the facility down.
Disposal of the County’s solid waste at the Harford Waste Disposal Center Landfill is not a sustainable solution. There is insufficient capacity remaining for the long-term.
Both of these facilities will cease operations on or around March 2016.
The other alternatives considered are listed on the Alternative Solutions Table with the associated operating and capital costs listed. It is important to note that there are other factors external of costs that were also considered, such as convenience and feasibility. Alternative Solutions Table
This alternative was strongly considered and was a viable option at the time due to the close proximity to I-95 and other major roadways, however the plans for the Baltimore facility have not yet come to fruition, and this no longer became a realistic option. Furthermore, considerations regarding long-term costs and the concerns of the community were also reasons for exploring additional options.
Future uses of the property will be studied over the next year. The long-term needs of the Department of Public Works will be considered, as will the public safety infrastructure needs of the nearby community.
Every feasible solid waste alternative resulted in increased disposal costs. The rate study will evaluate revenue mechanisms to fund the solid waste program and how those revenues will translate to disposal costs passed onto the customers. The new solid waste fee structure will be implemented to become effective when this new plan commences.
For general questions about Solid Waste in Harford County, you can also contact the Department of Public Works, Environmental Services Division at 410-638-3018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, if you wish to contact your County Council representative and need that contact information, visit the County Council Page. County Council Page
Please call 410-638-3018 for questions about solid waste services. Please direct inquiries about recycling to 410-638-3417. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Harford Waste Disposal Center accepts many materials for disposal from County residents including: Putrescible household trash and garbage Bulky items such as furniture, bookshelves, used carpeting, etc. Mattresses and cushions Recyclable materials including paper and cardboard, rigid plastics labeled #1-#7, aluminum cans, tin cans, and glass bottles Used motor oil Used antifreeze Old gasoline and gas/oil mixtures (limited to no more than 10 gallons) Used tires off the rim (tires exceeding 32-inch diameter shall first be quartered) Wet cell batteries Empty refillable propane cylinders not greater than 20 pound capacity Used clothing Scrap metal, metal objects, and appliances including copper wire and tubing Computer monitors, hard drives, keyboards, and mice Construction and demolition debris (plywood, lumber, doors and door casings, windows and window casings, garage doors, sheds, posts, timber ties, wood associated with swing sets, fencing, drywall, cinder block, brick, asphalt, shingles, tiles, and concrete ) not exceeding 25% of the volume of the vehicle’s load Latex Paint Yard trim including grass clippings, leaves, and brush/tree limbs; and Non-friable asbestos (please call 410-638-3638 for specific instructions). The Tollgate yard trim drop-off facility only accepts residential yard trim including grass clippings, leaves, and brush/tree limbs December - March Saturdays only; and April - November Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..
Liquid Waste Friable Asbestos Chemicals and chemical constituents in containers with volumes which are greater than that typically found in retail stores catering to the homeowner (including solvents and degreasers, oil based paint, thinners, herbicides, pesticides) Poisons Acids or caustic liquids Explosives or ordinance Hot ashes Radioactive substances Vehicles (including automobiles, RV’s, trucks, motorcycles Drums unless emptied and flattened Compressed gas cylinders (other than refillable 20-pound propane cylinders) Septage Logs and stumps Soil or stone Limitations on certain materials including but not limited to construction and demolition debris. Bureau of Solid Waste Management Rules (PDF)
The Harford Waste Disposal Center is open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Saturday. It is closed Sundays and County Holidays. The Tollgate Yard Trim drop-off operating hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April-November: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. December-March: Saturday only.
Please note the fees for pick-ups and trailers are based on a bed size of no more than 3 feet high and 8-feet long. Beds exceeding these dimensions shall be weighed on the scales and pay the current tipping fee of $72/ton. Cost will be based on the actual weight of the waste, which could be less than $72. The minimum charge of $7 is required at the time of weighing. Any subsequent charge, based on the actual weight, will be collected upon exiting the Harford Waste Disposal Center.
From South - North on Route 1 to Route 543. Left on 543 five miles, right on Route 440 two miles to Scarboro Road. Right on Scarboro Road and left into HWDC entrance. From East - Route 22 West to Route 136. Right on Route 136 to Route 440. Left on Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left on Scarboro Road and left into HWDC entrance. From West - Route 165 to Route 543 to Route 440. Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left into HWDC entrance. From North - Route 1 South to Route 136. Right on Route 136 to Route 440. Left on Route 440 to Scarboro Road. Left on Scarboro Road to HWDC.
Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-off Facility
Located at 701 N. Tollgate Road, across from the entrance to the County Farm Fair/Equestrian Center. From Bel Air, proceed to Tollgate Road from either business Route 1 or Boulton Street , after the Route 1 Bypass overpass, drive past the Equestrian Center. The entrance to the drop-off facility will be on the right which is shared with the entrance for the Ma and Pa trail parking access. Proceed up the hill past the chain link gate.
The licensed companies providing residential curbside trash pick-up and recycling pick-up in Harford County include
Note: Harford County licenses, but does not endorse, trash collectors. If you encounter a firm not on the list above, please contact Harford County's Solid Waste Management at 410-638-3637. Harford County does not endorse the use of any particular company.
Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Electronics Recycling Brochure (PDF)
For additional information, please call Office of Recycling, 410-638-3417. Used Motor Oil & Anti-freeze Recycling Sites
Tires are accepted at the Harford Waste Disposal Center with no more than 5 tires per year. Maximum diameter of whole tires is 32-inches. Tires in excess of 32-inch diameter shall be first quartered.
County residents may self-load the equivalent of 3-30 gallons trash cans of material at no charge per trip. Alternatively, residents may purchase bulk quantities at $10 per cubic yard.
You may utilize the Health Department Edgewood disposal kiosk or safely dispose at home. For more information go to https://harfordcountyhealth.com/sharps-disposal/
In contrast to real property, which is valued once every three years, personal property is valued every year for tax purposes. At the beginning of each calendar year, the Department of Assessments and Taxation mails a personal property return to all businesses on record.
Even if the business does not receive this return, it is still responsible for obtaining and filing one on time. All corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), and limited partnerships must file personal property returns with the Department of Assessments and Taxation.
Sole proprietorships and general partnerships must file. Not filing a return results in an estimated assessment and a possible delay in the issuance of a business license. If you are unsure whether you are required to file, please call the appropriate number listed below:
Corporations: 410-767-1170 LLCs and LLPs: 410-767-1170 Limited Partnerships: 410-767-1170 Sole Proprietors, General Partnerships: SDAT.email@example.com
You can request an abatement three years from the time the assessment was certified by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. The county collects the taxes based on the assessment provided by them. Any adjustments or abatements would have to be requested through them.
The Department of the Treasury is responsible for stamping every deed before it can be recorded at the Harford County Courthouse, regardless if it is necessary for taxes to be paid. If the property has been flagged by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation for Agricultural Transfer Tax, then the deed will need to be presented to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation first for clearance, then presented to the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Revenue Collections.
When recording a deed for a property in the municipalities of the county, it must be stamped by the appropriate municipality before presenting it to the Bureau of Revenue Collections. Municipalities can be contacted at:
City of Aberdeen: 410-272-2222 City of Havre de Grace: 410-939-1800 Town of Bel Air: 410-638-4555
Please contact the Bureau of Revenue Collections at 410-638-3269, Option 5. A lien certificate is required for the processing of any type of transfer of property in the county. There is a $50 fee for this document. Lien sheets applications can be found on the Certificate of Tax Lien page.
Other fees include:
Payment of outstanding taxes (real, personal, and/or water and sewer assessments)
Water and sewer usage billings
Repayment of circuit breaker credits
Agricultural transfer Tax
County transfer tax
Please contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Harford County at 410-638-3474 to determine recording fees that they will require be paid at time of recording.
Please contact the State Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-836-4800 to determine if the property is used for agricultural purposes and could possibly require the repayment of agricultural taxes.
Please contact the department to whom the goods or services were delivered to ensure they have approved payment. If payment has been approved, then contact the Bureau of Accounting, Accounts Payable section at 410-638-3448.
The accounts payable supervisor can be reached at 410-638-3448.
The "piggyback tax" existed in Maryland for many years, when the county tax was expressed as a percentage of the state tax liability. With the income tax changes passed by the state legislature in 1998, the rates for all counties and the City of Baltimore were "decoupled" from the state rate. Each county and the City of Baltimore has its own tax rate as determined by the state legislature unless changed by the local legislative body.
The local income tax rate can be found at the state website. It is a flat rate against your entire taxable income that can change every year.
As established by the Annotated Code of Maryland and local County law, recordation taxes are assessed at the rate of $6.60 per $1,000 value of recorded instruments filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Harford County.
Of this assessed amount, $4.40 is dedicated for school debt service first, then new construction, major and capital improvements to existing school facilities and portable classrooms; $1.10 is dedicated to an open space land and recreational fund for the purchase of park lands and development of parks and recreation facilities; and $1.10 is dedicated for implementation of local watershed protection and restoration projects.
The voters of the county on a 1992 ballot question approved a transfer tax. County Council Bill No. 93-3 adopted the local transfer tax effective July 1, 1993. The transfer tax is imposed at the rate of 1 percent of the consideration payable for instruments of writing recorded with the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Harford County or filed with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. The proceeds of the tax are distributed 50 percent to agricultural land preservation and 50 percent to school site acquisitions, school construction, or school debt.
Yes. If you wish to make a one-time payment in advance of the tax year, the county will calculate your taxes using the current tax rate in effect applied to the prior year assessment. No interest will be credited to your payment. If the taxes due on the property for the year of payment made exceeds the amount paid, a balance due letter will be sent to the taxpayer.
Eligible homeowners may reduce their property taxes by applying for a real property tax credit. A list of available credits can be found on the Real Property Tax Credit Information page.
Yes. As part of our commitment to provide citizens with efficient, convenient services, Harford County has partnered with Official Payment Corporation, a third-party provider to offer electronic payments over the Internet or by telephone. The third-party provider will assess a convenience fee each time you use their service to make tax and assessment payments by credit/debit card. Harford County accepts Visa® , MasterCard® and Discover® credit cards and electronic checks. If paying by credit/debit card, there will be a 2.25% convenience fee. If paying by electronic check, there is no fee.
Yes. State law provides that all real property is subject to a property tax. You will receive a property tax bill each year. The property owner is responsible for payment of property taxes.
The county mails the property tax bill to the owner of record on the tax roll. The tax roll is prepared from the assessment roll that is maintained by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. About June 1 each year, the State Department of Assessments and Taxation prepares the information on the assessment roll to be used by the county to create the tax roll.
The assessment roll contains the name and address of the owner of record; brief description of the property, and the value and assessment of the property.
Under the law it is assumed that delivery of the bill is made unless it is returned to the county by the Postal Service. If you did not receive a property tax bill, you may review the amount due online at Property Bill Search or contact the Bureau of Revenue Collections at 410-638-3269 for a copy of your bill.
Under current State law all residential property that is owner occupied can make payment of property taxes on a semiannual basis. As an individual, however, you may elect to pay the total amount due. If you have a mortgage company or other escrow account holder for your property taxes, you can request that they make payment on an annual basis.
If you are paying your taxes directly, all you need to do is to make payment of the full annual amount as provided on your tax bill by September 30. If your mortgage holder pays your taxes from an escrow account, you must notify them of your choice.
State law requires mortgage holders to pay on a semiannual basis unless otherwise directed by the property owner.
Customers of the county’s water and sewer system may have two types of bills. One is a quarterly bill for usage, generally based on the amount of water used by the property. Usage bills pay the cost of the daily operation and maintenance of the water and sewer system in the county and are increased annually by the CPI. The other type of bill is for capital charges, which vary from property to property depending on the time period of connection and location in the county. These charges are used to pay for the cost of construction transmission facilities, pumping stations, water booster stations, storage facilities, treatment facilities, etc.
Usage bills: The county bills each customer for water and sewage use on a quarterly basis. Each customer has 30 days for payment. After 30 days a 5% late fee is added to the bill as required by the County Code Section 256-19(A)(4). Service may be terminated if the bill remains unpaid. If service is terminated an additional fee of $50 will be added to the bill for turn-off/turn-on.
Water and sewer capital charges: Depending on where the property is in the county, a property served by the county’s water and sewer system can have one or more annual assessments due on the property. Most annual assessments are mailed July 1 to the latest property owner of record. An additional 1.5% is added to the base bill for each month or portion of a month the assessment is past due. Should the assessment remain unpaid as of the third Monday in June, the property will be sold at the annual tax sale of the county. To determine the amount of any assessments on a property, you may view the amount due online at Property Bill Search or call the Water and Sewer Accounting Section at 410-638-3311. They will provide you with an explanation of the charges against your property and the length of time remaining for the assessment.
Property tax bills are mailed to taxpayers on July 1. As discussed in a previous question, the owner of the property has until September 30 to pay the bill without incurring additional costs. As of October 1, interest is added to the bill for any portion of that month at a current rate of 1.5% on the county portion and 1% on the state portion for each month that payment is not made. Also, on October 1 a one-time 6% penalty is assessed on the county property tax portion. At the end of February of each year, a delinquent notice is mailed to the owner of the property if any amount of taxes are still unpaid. Beginning April 1, additional charges are added to the property tax bill for the cost of preparing the property for tax sale.
If the taxes are not paid by April 1, the property will be advertised for tax sale in the local newspaper twice during the month of April. If they remain unpaid as of May 1, additional charges are added to the bill for the costs of the tax sale.
The property is advertised a total of four more times during the months of May and June in preparation for the tax sale that occurs online the third Monday in June each year.
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The current rate is 12% on the amount paid the day of tax sale by the purchaser.
Bills are mailed out July 1 with the base amount due by September 30. Beginning October 1 interest and penalties are added to the base bill amount.
The county provides several ways for you to make payment.
Electronic payments: As part of our commitment to provide citizens with efficient, convenient services, Harford County has partnered with Official Payment Corporation, a third-party payment provider to offer electronic payments over the Internet or by telephone. The third-party provider will assess a convenience fee each time you use its service to make tax and assessment payments by credit/debit card. Harford County accepts Visa®, MasterCard®, and Discover® credit cards and electronic checks.
By mail: Enclosed with each tax bill is a return envelope for mailing your payment. The address on the envelope is our mail payment processing address located in Baltimore.
In person: You may wish to make payment in person by visiting our office at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air on the first floor. The entrance is on the Main Street side of the building. Convenient parking is available on the side and back of the building. Office hours are Monday through Friday, except county holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After office hours: A "drop-box" for payment deposits is also located at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air, at the rear of the building, if our office hours are not convenient. Payments will be processed the next business day.
No property tax money goes to support the water and sewer system. In accordance with the county charter, the water and sewer fund is self-supporting and is paid for by the users of the system.
Call or visit the Department of Public Works New Accounts Section, 3334 Abingdon Road, Abingdon, MD 21009, 410-638-3300.
They will tell you if your property is in an area where public water and/or sewer is available. If service is available they can provide you with a cost to connect to the county’s system. The charges for this are paid at the Water and Sewer Accounting Section, first floor of 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air.
Meters are read and billed on a quarterly basis. Water and sewer bills are due 30 days from the date of issue. A penalty is applied to payments received after the due date. Rate schedules are available by calling the Water and Sewer Accounting office at 410-638-3311.
Water and sewer bills are pro-rated the same as real estate property tax bills by the settlement officer at time of settlement. Check your settlement sheet you received at that time. You should have been given money from the seller to pay for the water and sewer usage during the period the seller owned the property.
Water and sewer bills not paid on time are subject to penalty charges, possible termination of service and possible sale of the property at property tax sale. Unpaid water and sewer charges are a lien against the property.
The charge is levied on all properties that connect to the county’s water and/or sewer system. It lasts for 25 years. The money is used to pay for modification of the water and sewer system and for any debt service that may arise as a result of these modifications.
The county provides several ways for you to make payment.
Electronic payments: As part of our commitment to provide citizens with efficient, convenient services, Harford County has partnered with Official Payments Corporation, a third-party payment provider to offer electronic payments over the Internet or by telephone. The third-party provider will assess a convenience fee each time you use its service. Harford County accepts Visa®, MasterCard®, and Discover® credit cards and electronic checks. To make a payment by phone, call 1-844-836-9732.
By mail: Enclosed with each tax bill is a return envelope for mailing your payment. The address on the envelope is our mail payment processing address in Baltimore.
In person: You may wish to make payment in person by visiting our office at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air on the first floor. Convenient parking is available. Office hours are Monday through Friday, except county holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The end of the month during July, August, September and December are our busiest times. During these time periods, if you visit our office you may experience a short wait for counter service and difficulty in parking.
After office hours: A "drop-box" for payment deposits is also located at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air if our office hours are not convenient.
If you wish to receive a volunteer application by mail, call Volunteer Harford at 410-638-4444. No personal information will be given to agencies without your permission. Volunteer Opportunities
A building permit/zoning certificate is generally needed to: construct or alter any principal or accessory structure, demolish or move a structure, make a change of use, install or alter any equipment which is regulated by the Harford County Code. Such structures include but are not limited to swimming pools, sheds, fences and finished basements. A building permit/zoning certificate is also required for certain home occupations, and for the storage of untagged or inoperative vehicles.
If a property owner is authorizing someone else to apply on his/her behalf, an Owner Authorization form must be presented at the time of application.
If you are unsure if a building permit/zoning certificate is needed, call the Permits Center at 410-638-3122.
Generally all applications will be reviewed within 10 working days. Some applications may be issued on the date of application. Once issued, a permit is valid for 1 year from issuance. If construction is initiated and continues, the permit will remain valid. If work does not progress for 6 months after initial construction start up, a permit expires. Please call 410-638-3122 for more information.
All applicable fees for building permits are due at the time of application.
A site plan is a drawing of a parcel or lot, prepared to scale, showing accurate and complete dimensions of the property including all buildings, structures, driveways and uses (existing and proposed) and distances to property lines. For subdivision lots, a site plan should include recorded easements and/or environmental restrictions such as forest retention, Natural Resource District (NRD), floodplain, floodway or Critical Area. For commercial lots, a site plan may require more detailed information.
Site plans are required when applying for a Building Permit/Zoning Certificate to determine conformance with the Harford County Zoning Code and to document the location of existing and proposed improvements or uses. Improvements and uses associated with the approved Building Permit/Zoning Certificate should substantially conform to the Site Plan submitted.
Accurate and complete site plans provide Planning and Zoning staff the ability to assist you with questions regarding your property. When detailed and unique conditions of your site are documented, we can provide you with specific, rather than general, information regarding your inquiry and compliance with the Harford County Zoning Code.
Where no work has been done under a permit issued, the holder of the permit may submit a request to cancel at the Permits Center (220 South Main Street, Bel Air, Maryland (first floor), and upon cancellation thereof, shall be refunded 50% of the fee paid provided that application for the refund is made within 6 months of the issuance of the permit.
Private horse stables are permitted on Agricultural and Residential lots provided a setback of at least 50 feet is maintained from any property line or public road. Pastures, when fenced, may extend to the property lines.
Construction Plans 410-638-3366
Health Department 410-877-2300
County Highways 410-638-3507
Stormwater Management 410-638-3545
Sediment Control 410-638-3507
Water and Sewer 410-638-3300
State Highway 410-838-7788
Impact Fees are one-time payments used to fund school capital improvements needed to accommodate new development. Impact Fees relate only to capital facility expenses benefiting new development and are not to be used to address existing deficiencies and/or operating expenses. Public School Impact Fees, authorized under Bill 05-21, as amended, became effective on July 1, 2005. Impact Fees were amended under Bill 09-37 which became effective December 4, 2009.
Who pays the Impact Fee?
Anyone applying for a new residential structure for which a building permit is required, but does not include renovations, additions or modifications to an existing residential structure.
What uses can be exempted from payment of an Impact Fee?
Bill 05-21, with amendments, exempts housing for the elderly, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), transient housing, housing constructed by not for profit organizations and redevelopment, re-construction or replacement of an existing residential structure that results in no new housing units.
How much are the Public School Impact Fees?
The Single Family detached fee is $6,000. The Townhouse / Duplex fee is $4,200. The fee for all other residential (including mobile homes) is $1,200.
When will the Impact Fee be paid?
The Impact Fee is paid at the time of building permit application. Or the applicant for the building permit may execute a promissory note obligating the applicant to pay the required development impact fee upon the earlier of the following. 1) Within 12 months of the issuance of the building permit; or 2) Issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
A Zoning Certificate/Permit may be required for carnivals, circuses or other events open to the public, excluding religious activities. For additional information contact the Permit Center at 410-638-3122.
Maryland State Law requires organizers of special events that meet certain conditions to provide recycling services. Please call 410-634-3417 for more information.
Call 410-638-3103 and ask to speak to someone in the Zoning Enforcement Section.