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Guide to the Development Review Committee (DRC) Actions

Key to DRC Subcategories

Limited Exemptions

"A" Exemptions

"B" Exemptions

Development Review Committee (DRC)

  • The DRC is comprised of representatives of Baltimore County departments responsible for reviewing and approving development in the county.
  • Members are appointed by their respective department heads and act at the behest of the department head. 
  • The DRC meets weekly to determine which projects meet the requirements for limited exemptions to the development regulations or whether changes to previously approved plans meet the requirements of refinements to those plans. 
  • A representative of Permits, Approvals and Inspections (PAI) chairs the DRC.

For additional information about the DRC, contact Colleen Kelly, by e-mail: ckelly@baltimorecountymd.gov or call: 410-887-3321. 

Key to DRC Subcategories

Baltimore County publishes the actions of the Development Review Committee (DRC). Use the following key to clarify the DRC actions.

No Action - The DRC does not have the authority to grant the applicant's request or the applicant's request does not require DRC approval.

Tabled - Decision by the DRC is withheld pending further information.  Applicant will need to bring the request back to the DRC on the "old business" agenda once outstanding issues are resolved.

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Limited Exemptions - "A" exemptions and "B" exemptions

The Baltimore County Code provides subcategories for both the "A" and "B" exemptions. These subcategories are identified by the DRC in their findings. 

"A" Exemptions

"A" Exemptions:

A-1-i-1- The building or preparation of land for building a dwelling for one or two families on a single lot or tract that is not part of a recorded plat.

A-1-i-2 - The building or preparation of land for building a dwelling for one or two families on a lot or lots exempt from the lapse provisions of § 32-4-273 of this title.

A-1-ii - The building or preparation of land for building on a lot of record lawfully in effect at the time of the building or preparation of the land for building, provided the lot of record did not result from a subdivision of land exempt under § 32-4-105 of this subtitle.

A-1-iii - The construction of one tenant house or the location of one trailer on a farm tract.

A-1-iv - The subdivision of property in accordance with a court order, a will, or the laws of intestate succession.

A-1-v - The resubdivision or lot line adjustment of industrially zoned or commercially zoned parcels of land that have been the subject of a previously approved Development Plan and recorded plat.

A-1-vi - The construction of residential accessory structures or minor commercial structures.

A-1-vii-1 - The construction of a building owned and operated by a county volunteer fire, ambulance, or rescue company that is used primarily for storage or training purposes.

A-1-vii-2 - The construction of a building owned and operated by a county volunteer fire, ambulance, or rescue company that is used primarily for fund-raising activities.

A-1-vii-3 - The construction of a building owned and operated by a county volunteer fire, ambulance, or rescue company that is used primarily for other purposes related to rescue or fire-suppression activities.

A-1-viii - Lot line adjustments in residential zones that are not part of an approved Development Plan or zoning plan.

A-1-ix - Subdivision of land that was recorded before January 26, 1990 into three or fewer lots.

A-1-x - Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings provided that the lots are not served by a panhandle driveway.

A-2-i - If a lot is served by a panhandle driveway, the subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings is only exempt from the concept plan requirements under §§ 32-4-211 through 32-4-217 of the Baltimore County Code.

A-2-ii - If a lot is served by a panhandle driveway, the subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings is only exempt from the county review requirements under §§ 32-4-226 and 32-4-227 of the Baltimore County Code.

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"B" Exemptions

  • "B" exemptions are specifically exempted from the community input meeting and hearing officer's hearing only. 
  • Applicant's receiving a "B" exemption are required to have a development plan approved prior to building permit submittal.

B Exemptions:

B-1 - Lot line adjustments, including the combination of lots or parcels.

B-2 - Amendments to an approved Development Plan or plat that do not materially alter the proposed development.

B-3 - The subdivision of land that is in an approved state agricultural land preservation district or county agricultural easement for the purpose of the conveyance of the lots to the owner or the children of the owner under Title 2, Subtitle 5 of the Agriculture Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Article 24 of the Code.

B-4 - The subdivision of a farm tract into two lots. 

B-5 - The subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings.

B-6 - The construction of accessory structures.

B-7 - The subdivision of land or buildings in a planned office or industrial park for which a Development Plan has been approved in accordance with this title.

B-8 - A minor development that does not exceed a total of three lots.

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DRC Actions

Development Processing

Revised April 14, 2011

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