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Baltimore County to begin resuming in-person government services

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County government agencies will begin offering in-person services at County buildings in the coming weeks. Safety precautions will remain in place to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

All individuals entering county buildings are required to use the www.bacosafe.org mobile health screening prior to entry.

County agencies will adjust service offerings as explained below.

Additional services will be offered in-person at a later date to be announced in the future.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABILITY

  • In-person services currently being provided:
    • Services limited to field appointments. No in-person services in County Office Building.
  • In-person services to resume Monday May 17, 2021 include:
    • Customers may request by phone 30-minute in-person meetings in the County Office Building by appointment.

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • In-person services currently being provided:
  • The following in-person services will be offered by appointment only beginning Tuesday June 1, 2021:
    • Access to computers, internet, fax, copy machines
    • Job Search Assistance
    • Labor Market Information and Career Assessment Tools
    • Career Planning & Guidance Assistance
    • Planning for short-term Skills Enhancement Programs
    • Planning for Occupations Skills Training
  • The following online services will continue to be provided:

DEPARTMENT OF PERMITS APPROVALS AND INSPECTIONS

DEPARTMENT OF AGING

  • In-person services currently being provided:
    • Food Distribution by appointment. Slots open Mondays at 8am for the following week. Appointments can be scheduled online.
    • Senior Center Orientation at Nine Regional Centers. Appointments can be scheduled online.
  • In-person services to resume beginning Monday May 17, 2021 by appointment or walk-in at the 611 Central Avenue, Towson, MD 21204 location:
    • Maryland Access Point (MAP) – for information and assistance including durable medical equipment loan closet, contact by phone at 410-887-2594 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.
    • Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – contact by phone at 410-887-2059 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.
  • The following online services will continue:

OFFICE OF BUDGET AND FINANCE

  • In-person services currently being provided:
    • Real Property Tax payments
    • Personal Property tax Payments
    • Red Light Payments
    • Speed Payments
    • Telephone and Transient Tax and other payments
    • Some inquiry and support.
    • OBF Fiscal Operations managers are available to customers at the kiosk
    • Mail Services
  • In-person services to resume Monday May 17, 2021 include:
    • OBF Customer Services Window
    • Tax payer Services (real and personal)
    • Traffic and False alarm Services
  • The following online services will continue:

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS

  • In-person services currently being provided:
    • Access to County parks, trails and open spaces, and various outdoor facilities and activities.
  • In-person services to resume Monday May 17, 2021 include:
    • Permits to indoor facilities
    • Indoor Nature classes and programs
    • Indoor games and scrimmages
    • Indoor tournaments
    • Licensed Day Care at all locations
    • Indoor tennis courts
    • Stage rental requests
  • On Friday May 28, 2021 (Memorial Day Weekend) Rocky Point Beach will be open.
  • Please check with your local Recreation and Parks Council or Nature Council for virtual program schedule.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

  • In-person services currently being provided:
    • The Bureau of Utilities – Cash, Check and Charge payments for waste hauler permits, waste hauler invoice payments. Water meter repair, fire hydrant permit, and water meter rental for fire hydrants.
    • The Bureau of Solid Waste – Full service
  • All in-person services will resume beginning Monday May 17, 2021 and will transition to appointment only beginning June 1, 2021.
  • The following online services will continue:
    • The Bureau of Engineering & Construction – Professional Service solicitation proposals; Capital project bids
    • The Bureau of Highways – Utility permitting within the roadway, tree removal, sidewalk replacement, adopt-a-road and driveway permits.
    • The Bureau of Utilities – Reports of water main breaks, sink holes, sewer and water line blockages, inquiries for basement sewage backup, street sewage overflow, manhole cover cracks or missing manholes, inquiries for copies of video of sewage or water pipeline, reports of grinder pump overflows, grinder pump malfunctions, illicit FOG (fats/oils/grease) dumping into County sewage pipeline, reports of illegal fire hydrant hookups

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

  • In-person services currently being provided:
    • Animal Services – current operation at 50% capacity.
    • Social Services – contact Department of Human Services Call Center at 1-800-332-6347.
    • Health Services – Environmental Health Services, Family Planning, WIC, Harm Reduction, Hearing & Vision, Audiology
  • In-person services to resume by appointment only beginning Monday May 17, 2021 include:
    • TB testing
    • HIV testing (walk-in)
    • Partner Services
    • Maryland Children’s Health Program
    • Housing Services
    • Administrative Care Coordination Unit

FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • In-person services to resume Monday May 17, 2021 :
    • In person public education and outreach events
    • Non-emergency access to fire department (career) stations
Department of Planning
  • In person services currently being provided:
    • Community planning related services by appointment only.
  • In person services to resume Monday May 17, 2021 include:
    • Historic aerial photos review, by appointment only
    • Inquires of historic and future County plans, by appointment only
  • The following online services will continue to be available:
    • Virtual meeting and engagement for various community planning processes; including the master plan.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • In-person services currently being provided:
    • Walk in lobby service at police precincts
    • Response to public calls for service
    • Retrieving property from evidence management
    • Fingerprinting services
  • The following online services will continue to be provided:
    • Crime reporting
    • Data dashboards
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