Liens FAQ

What is a City Lien?

A lien is a charge upon your real property for the satisfaction of debt arising by statute of law. The lien is security against the real property for the ultimate payment of the debt.

What City Liens are eligible for the annual City Tax Sale?

  • Metered Water
  • Real Property
  • Rental Registration
  • Multiple Family Dwelling
  • Footway Paving
  • Miscellaneous Bill
  • Special Benefits District

How do I contact the Baltimore City Liens Unit?

In person:

Abel Wolman Municipal Building, Room 1

200 Holliday Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

By telephone: 410-396-3991


What are the hours of operation?

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


How long does it take to get a Lien Certificate back? 

Once you submit the Liens application, allow seven calendar days to receive the Lien Certificate.


Once I receive a Lien Certificate, how long is it valid? 

A Lien Certificate is  generally valid for 45 calendar days from the date listed on the Liens Certificate. However, any lien sheets that are ordered from May 16th through June 30th will be void on July 1st of any given year.


How much is a Lien Certificate? 

A lien search is $55.00


Can we put a rush on a Lien Certificate?

No, to ensure fair and timely processing of lien search for all customers, special accommodations are not permitted.


How do I check on the status of a Lien Certificate?

The status of a lien sheet can be checked by calling 410-396-3991 or visiting the Liens Unit at 200 Holliday St., Room 1.


Do I need a Lien Certificate if my parents are deceased and the property goes to me?

Yes, if your parent(s). did not have a life estate and the property is in an estate distribution. No. If you are the person designated in the life estate.


Do I need a Lien Certificate if I'm transferring my property from me to my company, child, or spouse? 

Yes, if transferring to a company or coming out of title and giving property to child or spouse. No, if you're adding child/children and/or spouse to the deed.


How do I obtain a copy of the Lien Certificate upon completion?

A completed lien certificate can be picked up or mailed to the address provided by the applicant.


Am I able to submit an application for a Lien Certificate on-line?

Yes, an application for a Lien Certificate may be submitted online. Go to our home page and click “online payments” and then “lien certification”. If you would like to submit the application the traditional way, please visit the revenue and collections page to print an application. Follow the instructions on the application for submission rules. Please call 410-396-3991 if you have any problems or questions.”


Is there a way for me to check on-line if I have any outstanding liens on my property? 

No, you must submit an application.


How do I find out my block and lot number? 

The block and lot can be found on your Real Property Tax Bill, Water Bill, or online here.