Benefits of Following Town Code
The Office of Code Compliance encourages residents and visitors to comply with the Town Code, to ensure that University Park remains a safe and pleasant place to live, visit and enjoy. The wise use of standard codes can improve both the appearance and the longevity of the community. It can improve property owners' return on investment and preserve our reputation as a fine town in which to live.
Please support voluntary compliance. The most common rental and code-related concerns deal with:
- Exterior Maintenance of Structures
- Outdoor Storage
- Overgrown Vegetation
- Unregistered Vehicles
The office oversees the rental permit application process and provides rental house inspections, as well as Town Code compliance with Chapter 4, "Building and Construction" and Chapter 13, "Housing". The office works in coordination with Prince George's County and adopts the County Housing and Property Standards.
Gas-Powered Blower Ban
Beginning January 1, 2024, it is unlawful for an owner or occupant of real property located within the Town, or any guest, employee or contractor of such person, to use gas-powered leaf blowers on that property.” Use of a gas-powered leaf blower on or after January 1, 2024, is a municipal infraction with a fine of $200 per occurrence. Please use only battery- or electric-powered leaf blowers in your yard. This prohibition and fine apply to homeowners as well as landscaping companies, so please ensure your contractors are aware of the prohibition. The link to the ordinance is located below under Documents.
The Town Council adopted a rebate program to assist residents in purchasing any battery- or electric-powered lawn equipment and batteries to defray the cost of complying with the gas-powered leaf blower ban. The rebate shall not exceed the total cost of the equipment, including tax, or $100, whichever is less. One qualifying purchase per year per household is permitted from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025. Any reimbursement is subject to approval and available funding. Please visit www.upmd.org/rebate to submit for reimbursement.