Code of Baltimore Regulations Annotated



In November of 2020, the Mayor and City Council enacted the Baltimore City Administrative Procedure Act (the "APA"), which established a procedure for the notice, publication, and adoption of regulations in Baltimore City. All regulations that have been formally adopted by Baltimore City agencies must be published in the Code of Baltimore Regulations Annotated (“COBRA”). COBRA is divided into the 29 titles listed below

Reading the Code of Baltimore Regulations Annotated

Regulations created or substantively changed by agencies after the APA’s effective date of Friday, January 15, 2021, are formatted in accordance with APA guidelines and follow the notice and comment process established by the APA. These are noted as "Code of Baltimore Regulations Annotated" on the pages corresponding to each title.

Regulations effective prior to January 15, 2021, and that were filed electronically with the Department of Legislative Reference by or before January 15, 2022, appear in a temporary section of COBRA titled “Regulations Effective as of January 15, 2021”. These are noted as "Legacy Regulations" on the pages corresponding to each title. DLR is working to revise, reformat, and re-codify these regulations into COBRA. Once all regulations effective as of January 15, 2021, are recodified the special section will be eliminated.

Code of Baltimore Regulations Annotated

Table of Contents

Title 01 – Office of the Mayor
Title 02 – City Council
Title 03 – Law Department
Title 04 – Office of the Comptroller
Title 05 – Department of Finance
Title 06 – Department of General Services
Title 07 – Department of Housing and Community Development
Title 08 – Housing Authority
Title 09 – Department of Human Resources 
Title 10 – Office of the Inspector General
Title 11 – {Reserved}
Title 12 – Office of the Labor Commissioner
Title 13 – Health Department
Title 14 – Department of Transportation
Title 15 – Office of Equity and Civil Rights
Title 16 – {Reserved}
Title 17 – Miscellaneous Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
Title 18 – {Reserved}
Title 19 – Board of Ethics
Title 20 – {Reserved}
Title 21 – Department of Public Works
Title 22 – Department of Recreation and Parks
Title 23 – Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals
Title 24 – Baltimore City Fire Department
Title 25 – Bureau of Procurement
Title 26 – Employee Retirement Systems
Title 27 – Board of Estimates
Title 28 - Department of Planning
Title 29 - Parking Authority of Baltimore City

Emergency Regulations 

Board of Estimates - Emergency Regulations - Relating to Receiving and Opening of Bids
Effective Date: February 2, 2022
Expiration Date: May 3, 2022

By authority of § 4-305 {"Emergency regulations"} of the City General Provisions Article the Board of Estimates adopted a resolution on February 2, 2022, relating to the receiving and opening of bids. This resolution states that the Board of Estimates "will receive bid and proposal submissions exclusively by electronic submission except for any paper or hard copy documents required under the law or terms or specifications of any solicitation." In addition, this resolution modifies certain Procurement Regulations to effectuate the resolution. The resolution takes effect February 2, 2022, and expires 90 days thereafter on May 3, 2022.

Documents Incorporated by Reference into COBRA

Document Title Agency/Department Bureau/Office Effective Date
Baltimore City Design Manual Department of Planning - 28-Mar-2019
Baltimore City Historic Preservation Design Guidelines Department of Planning Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation 13-Aug-2021
Baltimore City Landscape Manual Department of Planning - 5-Jun-2017
Baltimore City Site Plan Review Manual Department of Planning - 5-Jun-2017
State Forest Conservation Technical Manual Department of Planning - 1-Jan-1997
"Green Book"; Specifications: Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities, and Incidental Structures 2006 Department of Public Works - 01-Jan-2006
Book of Standards 2010 Department of Transportation - 01-Aug-2010
Baltimore Complete Streets Manual Department of Transportation - 01-Mar-2021