Somerset County officials are expected to tighten up conditions for declaring properties a nuisance.
Currently inspectors cannot cite property owners for such things as overflowing septic systems.
Instead the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the health department must go to court which can take months to get action.
Under the amended ordinance authority would be given back to the health department to issue citations for unsanitary conditions.
There are 13 new rules under the proposed revision.
Six years ago the nuisance ordinance was loosened when county commissioners got a number of complaints that county inspectors were being overly aggressive in enforcing the law.