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Permits are most likely required for the following items. Prior to doing any work, be sure to check with the Community Development Department in City Hall for permits and guidance. You and your contractor are held equally responsible to obtain the proper permits and to verify all information.
Permits may be obtained by applying through the online portal, Citizenserve.
City Code sets minimum standards for the protection of health, safety, morals and general welfare of the public and of the owners and occupants of dwellings in the City of Cumberland. It is unlawful for the owner(s) of any rental dwelling unit to permit occupancy of any rental dwelling unit by another unless it is licensed by the City of Cumberland and every licensed dwelling unit shall be inspected on an occupancy basis. To license a new rental, visit the Community Development’s online portal: Citizenserve. To schedule an inspection, it can be done through the portal once you are registered and licensed, or you may call the Office of Community Development at 301-722-2000 Ext. 5600.
Depending upon the issue, the following departments or resources are available to help.
To report a pothole, broken streetlight or damaged/missing street sign: https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/requesttracker.aspx
To report a diseased or hazardous tree: https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/requesttracker.aspx
To report a code violation: https://www.citizenserve.com/cumberland
To view and print your bill, pay your bill by ACH or to sign up for the Utility Billing Portal, visit: https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/244/Utility-Bill-InquiryBill-Payment
For alternate payment locations, visit: https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/242/Payment-Locations
If there is a code violation on your property, City Code Compliance Officers will initiate contact with a friendly letter, providing property owners 10 days to correct the violation. The Code Compliance Officers will conduct a check to see if the violation has been rectified, and if things have not been addressed, the property owner will receive a formal Notice of Violation (NOV). The NOV must be addressed within 10 days and the violation must be resolved to the satisfaction of the Code Compliance Officer. If the violation persists after that, a Citation will follow in the range of $200-$500, depending upon the violation. Receipt and/or payment of a Citation does not alleviate responsibility of the property owner to correct the violation, they must still resolve the issue.
There are many lawn care companies, and individuals who will cut your grass. Check listings in the yellow pages, search online, or ask friends/neighbors for referrals.
Reporting a concern is easy through the Community Development’s online services portal (Citizenserve). You’ll need to complete a one-time registration process on the portal and then you may submit concerns/complaints and stay updated on the status of your complaints online at any time.
Once you’re registered with the Community Development online services portal (Citizenserve) and have submitted concerns/complaints, you will receive an email with status changes regarding your complaint(s), plus you can also log in at any time to check on the status.
No person shall keep or allow to be kept, on any premises within the city limits, any cows, calves, heifers, bulls, horses, mules, hogs, sheep, goats or chickens.
Within twenty-four (24) hours after the fall of any snow, the occupants of houses or dwellings on every public street or the owners or agents responsible for vacant houses shall clear away snow or use a service for hire to clear snow away from the sidewalks.
It is unlawful for any owner, occupant or person in control of any lot or land within the city to allow any growth of grass (other than ornamental grasses), weeds or other rank vegetation to a height over twelve (12) inches.
Trash and recycling containers should be removed from public view, except on designated collection days. Trash and recycling should be placed out for collection no earlier than dusk the day before collection. Empty containers should be removed by 6:00 p.m. on the day of collection. For more details, visit our website.
The Bulk Item Pickup Program is available to take care of the larger items your regular trash pickup cannot take. For more information on this program, please visit the website.
If a residential unit is not the personal residence of the owner or one person named on deed, anyone living there - whether paying rent or not - would classify the unit as a residential rental unit and be required to adhere to the rental licensing and inspection process.
If an owner of a residential rental unit(s) is not a resident of Allegany County, Maryland, a person or business entity must be named to serve as representative agent. A local agent is invaluable in dealing with issues that may not be easily handled from afar. The agent shall serve as the owner’s local representative for all purposes related to this code. The agent shall be responsible for the management, maintenance, operation, and rental of an owner’s rental dwelling unit(s). Agents must reside within or have principal offices located within Allegany County, Maryland.
Yes, you must notify the Community Development Department within 10 days of any change in ownership, or you will remain responsible for the residential rental license. Contacting another department within the City will not assure the information is forwarded. Please call 301-722-2000 ext. 5600, or send by mail to: 57 N. Liberty St., Cumberland, MD 21502.
There is no fee for an inspection. However, if the unit fails the scheduled inspection, a $25 fee will be charged for the re-inspection. A requested inspection not needed to satisfy code would incur a $25 fee.
Every licensed rental unit shall be inspected upon registration with the City’s rental program and then follows each time occupancy changes, unless an inspection has occurred within the last twelve (12) months.After twelve (12) months, an occupancy inspection shall be required prior to re-occupancy of the rental unit. In addition, every licensed rental dwelling unit shall comply with the Maryland Lead Law and complete any required lead inspection(s) prior to occupancy. All inspection documentation must be maintained by the owner and/or agent and be available for review by the City of Cumberland upon request. Contact the Community Development Department at City Hall to schedule a housing inspection.
A list of Maryland lead inspectors can be found on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s website. Additionally, a list of local inspectors is available through the Community Development Department at City Hall. Inspectors use a variety of methods to test and charge accordingly.
The owner of a rental dwelling unit must license the rental with the City and shall pay the license fee ($25 per unit, per fiscal year). The license fee will be renewed annually, in July.
Any owner of a rental dwelling unit who shall fail to pay the license fee shall be subject to a municipal infraction in the amount of $500 per unit, in addition to the unpaid license fee(s).
If your property falls within the locally zoned historic district, you must submit (in addition to any required building or occupancy permits) a Certificate of Appropriateness Permit application for review by the Historic Preservation Commission. This applies to ALL exterior changes to a structure, including painting, additions, alterations, awnings, entrances and doors, porches, fences, siding, signage, window replacement, demolition and new construction.
The Historic Preservation Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month, however, to be added to the agenda for consideration, the deadline for applications to be submitted is one week prior (the first Wednesday of the month). Applications can be submitted online (Citizenserve) or at the Community Development department in City Hall.
Once an application is submitted to the Community Development department, it could take one to one and a half weeks for a simple permit, but could be longer for something more involved. If applying for your permit through the online services portal (Citizenserve), you can keep up-to-date by logging in and checking the permit status online.
To find your property lines, you should begin with checking your deed - it should contain a description (in words) of your property’s boundaries. If you do not have access to the deed, or the description is not sufficient to follow, you can look at the property survey (also known as a plat) which should show your property lines and measurements.
A final option, if the deed or property survey are not available or are unclear, is to hire a professional surveyor to do a land survey. They can measure and map your property so you have a clear understanding of your boundaries. The costs may vary depending on your location and project and you may want to collect estimates from several surveyors to find the one that best suits your needs. The surveyor does need to be licensed in Maryland and should carry professional liability insurance.
We have an interactive online zoning map that can help determine what zoning the property falls under. A Zoning Determination request can also be submitted to the Community Development department (Citizenserve).
These are dependent on the zoning determination, and vary. The best resource is to check Municode, Chapter 25, Article XI, Section 25-133.
If you wish to view plans or permits for projects, you may do so by visiting the Community Development department in City Hall.
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