TOWSON, November 21, 2023 — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today released a new data portal displaying vacant properties in Baltimore County, expanding the administration’s ongoing efforts to increase government transparency.

“Providing the public with the tools they need to identify—and now view—vacant properties is another step in our ongoing work to find and transform today’s blighted and abandoned properties into tomorrow’s housing opportunities,” said Olszewski. “This portal continues our work to provide a more accessible and open government for everyone, including our first responders who will now have critical safety information about properties before arriving on the scene of a potential emergency.”

Earlier this year, Baltimore County passed legislation to create the county’s first-ever process to designate properties as “vacant” Under Baltimore County’s new Vacant Structures law, the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections can now identify vacant structures, maintain an ongoing inventory of these buildings, and authorizes the department to verify that the structure complies with all applicable laws, is not detrimental to the public health, safety, or a hazard to police officers or firefighters entering the structure in an emergency.

Since April, more than 160 properties have been identified and verified as vacant, and 10 have been resolved or remediated by either becoming occupied or being demolished.

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