Baltimore City Department of Legislative Reference

Agency Overview

Established by the 1906 City Charter the Department of Legislative Reference (DLR) drafts all legislation that comes before the City Council; revises and codifies the City Charter, the Code of Public Local Laws of Baltimore City, the City Code, and the Code of Baltimore Regulations Annotated; administers the City’s records management program; serves as the official repository of City documents for historical preservation and study through its oversight and management of the City Archives; and maintains a reference library for legislation and other materials germane to the operations of City government.

View City Charter and Codes Online

View the Code of Baltimore Regulations Annotated Online

Baltimore City Archives

The Baltimore City Archives - in conjunction with the Maryland State Archives - serves as the City's repository for permanently valuable and historical records.

Visit the Baltimore City Archives

Administrative Manual of the City of Baltimore

The Administrative Manual (AM) communicates official City policies and procedures that affect the City’s operations and its employees. The Bureau of the Budget and Management Research (BBMR) within the Department of Finance is responsible for the production of the AM, including drafting, revising, publishing, and withdrawing the AM’s policies and procedures.

To review the AM, please go to the website of the Bureau of the Budget and Management Research. 

Records Management

Records management is the practice of identifying, classifying, archiving, preserving, and destroying records. Almost every activity of business or government is accomplished or documented through some form of record. 

The Department of Legislative Reference (DLR) is responsible for developing programs for the efficient management of City records. DLR is also responsible for assisting City personnel in developing records retention and disposal schedules and reviewing proposed records retention and disposal schedules.

Please direct all questions regarding records management to Gerald Roberts by email or by phone at (410) 396-3884.

View Baltimore City Records Retention Schedules

Public Information Act Requests

Please direct all Public Information Act Requests to Anita Evans by email or by phone at (410) 396-4730.