Filing A Claim

If you think that the City of Baltimore or one of its employees injured you or your property, you may send us a claim.

  • You must send a written claim to the City Law Department.
  • You may hand-deliver the claim or you may send it by certified mail – return receipt requested.
  • You cannot send it by regular mail.
  • The City Law Department must receive your claim within one year from the date of the incident.
  • You may use the claim form prepared by the Law Department. You can get a copy of the claim form by clicking below. You do not have to use this form.

You must include in the claim:

  • the date of the injury
  • who was involved
  • where it occurred and
  • a brief explanation
  • An investigator from the Central Bureau of Investigation in the Law Department will investigate the claim
  • When the investigator completes their investigation, they will advise you of the decision.

The steps listed above are steps you may follow to file a complaint with the Law Department. The Law Department is not giving you legal advice. If you think you need legal advice, you should hire your own attorney.

Sewer Backups:  Please note that if you are filing a general liability claim with the Department of Law for a sewage backup, you may also apply for the Department of Public Works’ Expedited Reimbursement Program for Sewage Backups by calling 410-396-3500 or visiting

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page for forms related to filing a claim. Once complete, mail to:

Department of Law
7 E. Redwood Street, 6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

(Note: Please download form before filling it out or the information you input will not save)


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