ROBERT DiCICCO, et al.
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND
Wright, Berger, Thieme, Raymond G., Jr. (Senior Judge,
Specially Assigned), JJ.
Baltimore County Circuit Court reduced to judgment eight
separate administrative orders imposing civil penalties
totaling $156, 500, against Robert and Emily DiCicco,
appellants, for various Baltimore County building code
violations on rental property jointly owned by appellants.
Proceeding pro se, appellants raise four issues on
I. Whether appellants were denied due process and equal
protection when notices for civil violations, fines, and
hearings were mailed to the wrong address;
II. Whether Baltimore County had the authority to enforce
permit violations by way of a hearing, fines, and judgments;
III. Whether Baltimore County had the authority to institute
judicial proceedings against them; and
IV. Whether the fines assessed against appellants by
Baltimore County were illegal and unconstitutional.
reasons that follow, we shall affirm.
March 20, 2012, Baltimore County, appellee, filed a complaint
in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to reduce to a
judgment eight administrative orders imposing civil penalties
against appellants. A one-day bench trial was held on
September 11, 2015, at which Robert DiCicco appeared without
counsel; his wife, Emily DiCicco, did not appear.
 During the trial, testimonial and
documentary evidence was admitted and the following was
own a row house that they rent at 403 Murdock Road in the
Rodgers Forge neighborhood of Baltimore County. Between 2009
and 2011, eight hearings were held and administrative orders
issued imposing civil penalties against appellants for
failing to obtain a rental license and maintain the Murdock
property in violation of the Baltimore County Code
("BCC"). The civil penalties totaled $156, 500. The
order date, type of BCC violation, and civil penalties are as
1. Oct. 5, 2009 - Failure to obtain a rental housing license
- $1, 000
2. June 14, 2010 - Failure to make various code repairs from
February 27 to June 2, 2010 (broken/missing
gutters/downspouts; repair rotten wood on facia, soffits and
garage door; missing slates on roof; broken windows; repaint
peeling and flaking paint; masonry work) - $20, 000
3. Sept. 29, 2010 - Failure to make any of the above code
repairs from around August 3 to September 22, 2010 - $25, 000
4. Nov. 16, 2010 - Failure to obtain a rental housing license
- $1, 000
5. May 19, 2011 - Various plumbing code violations from
February 17 to March ...