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What is Zoning?

Zoning is a system of land use regulation that controls the physical development of land. It is a legal mechanism by which local government is able to regulate an owner’s right to use privately owned land for the sake of protecting the public health, safety, and/or general welfare.

Land is mapped into different zones with the primary purpose of promoting compatible land uses and to separate incompatible uses.A zoning map of a small area in Baltimore County

Decisions regarding how land is zoned are determined, in part, by the County’s master plan, which lays out broad policies to implement a shared vision for the future, and adopted community plans.

My Neighborhood Interactive Map

The My Neighborhood Interactive Map allows users to search for properties, view the zoning, view aerial photography, create custom printable maps and obtain owner information.

Upon the first visit to My Neighborhood, users will be directed to download a one-time Silverlight plug-in directly from Microsoft via a link. If you are using an Apple MAC OS X and need to install Silverlight, do not use the install link provided on the application page. Instead, use the following link to install the proper plug-in: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts.mspx

Staff Contact

For questions on the allowable uses under each zoning classification, please contact the Zoning Office at 410-887-3391 or paizoning@baltimorecountymd.gov. You can also visit the Zoning Office Web page for more information.

For questions on processing changes to the zoning map, please contact Jeff Mayhew at jmayhew@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 Revised October 18, 2013

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