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Office of Administrative Hearings


As of Monday, May 4, the Office of Administrative Hearings will begin to reschedule previously postponed Code Enforcement, Zoning and Development cases. New cases will be scheduled in the order in which they are received.


All hearings will be live-streamed using Cisco Webex through a web browser or available as a free download on any computer or smartphone. Anyone who wishes to testify at the hearing must call the Office of Administrative Hearings at 410-887-3868 to register at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing. Anyone who wishes to present written testimony or exhibits must also submit this evidence at least 48 hours in advance by emailing it to, or by mailing or hand delivering it to:


Office of Administrative Hearings
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 103
Towson, Maryland 21204


For more information or questions, email or call 410-887-3868.

The Office of Administrative Hearings serves as an independent, judicial body comprised of administrative law judges who hear cases and issue decisions on a variety of matters including, but not limited to, zoning, land use and related matters. Prior to January 16, 2011, these duties were performed by the Zoning Commissioner and Deputy Zoning Commissioner. The office rules on zoning and development cases, including variance, special exception, nonconforming use and "special hearing" cases, conducts public hearings and grants approvals or denials on proposed development plans and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). The office also conducts hearings and rules on code enforcement violation cases, environmental violations, County employee grievances and other matters which from time to time are referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings by County Government.

The mission of the office is to ensure the right of all persons to be treated in a fair and unbiased manner in their efforts to resolve disputes with Baltimore County in a prompt, effective and professional manner. It should be noted that this office does not give legal advice or recommendations regarding any of the matters that come before it. The Administrative Law Judges are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.

Please call 410-887-3868 or email with any questions. Persons planning to attend a hearing are advised to call this number the day before to confirm the schedule.

Administrative Law Judges

Lawrence M. Stahl

Lawrence M. Stahl
Administrative Law Judge

Paul Mayhew

Paul M. Mayhew
Managing Administrative Law Judge

Revised May 21, 2020         


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