Permits, Approvals and Inspections
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Zoning Review

W. Carl Richards Jr., Chief

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room 111
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3391
Fax: 410-887-3048

Primary Functions

The Zoning Review office:

  • Processes all zoning petitions and forms, for example, special exceptions, special hearings and variances, as well as undersized lot applications
  • Schedules the hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and public hearings
  • Determines and manages closing dates for administrative variances, special hearings and other required zoning posting procedures
  • Reviews all residential, commercial, and industrial building permits, including site and development plans for compliance with the zoning regulations
  • Reviews and approves all zoning use permits
  • Provides checklists and verifications to assist in the zoning process
  • Answers citizen inquiries and informs and assists the public concerning the interpretation and application of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations including, but not limited to:
    • Height, setback and general bulk requirements
    • Subdivision density
    • Permitted and prohibited uses in specific zoning classifications

To purchase a hard copy of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations, please visit General Code, LLC or call 1-800-836-8834.

Additional Information

Baltimore County Codes and Zoning Regulations

Development Review Committee (DRC) Lot Line Adjustments (LLA) Information

DRC Lot Line Adjustments (LLA) Application and Checklist (PDF)

Orders of the Administrative Law Judges (dated July 1, 2011 to present)

Zoning Review Forms

Revised May 27, 2015

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