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Paper Permit Applications No Longer Accepted

As of Monday, November 1, all applications for building, plumbing, electrical and other construction permits must be completed online. To help with the transition, first come, first serve public work stations will be placed in the lobby with available staff to help customers create their online accounts and applications.

For details on account creation, relevant permit types and document needs, visit the the online permit application section.

The County Charter gives the Planning Board a major role in recommending the content of the Capital Program and Budget. The Board's other advisory responsibilities are established in the County Code or by Executive Order. They include making recommendations or decisions on:

Staff Contact: 410-887-3482


The Planning Board meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, excluding August and December. Special meetings of the Board or Committees are scheduled as necessary. All meetings are open to the public.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings begin at 4 p.m. in Room 104 of the Jefferson Building, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson. If, because of a disability, you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, call the Department of Planning at 410-887-3480 or via TTY, at 1-800-735-2258 or 711, at least two working days before the event.

For the majority of agenda items, the Board first conducts an advertised introduction and review at least two weeks before voting on its decisions or recommendations. Either through public hearings or scheduled opportunities during meetings, citizens can participate by offering verbal or written testimony. Written testimony sent in advance is always welcome. Use of the hearing room audio-visual equipment at public hearings is permitted if the Planning Board's policy (PDF) is followed.


It is advised that individuals giving presentations to the planning board present visual materials i.e. maps, plans, etc. using a digital format such as PowerPoint. Rendered site plans must be mounted and GIS aerials must be mounted or easily visible on an overhead projector. All of the above items and a copy of the digital materials must be given to the Planning Board Manager, Marsha Tracey, at 410-887-3480 no later than 48 hours in advance. The presenter must arrive at the Planning Board a minimum of one half hour before the meeting to prepare for the actual presentation.

How to Testify

Citizens may register in to address the Planning Board (for themselves or as representatives of organizations or clients) for certain agenda items. The chairman will announce the points during the Board’s deliberations (generally after the presentation by County staff and/or the applicant), at which this testimony will be received. Anyone wishing to testify can register in advance by emailing their name and phone number to before 3 p.m. on the date of the hearing. Each speaker testifying will be given two minutes to speak. Those who do not wish to speak at the hearing but want to share their thoughts can provide written comment or testimony via email or Webex chat. The specific rules of procedure for the testimony will be available during the Webex meeting.

Inclement Weather Policy

This policy will be implemented for the foreseeable future and will follow the actions of the County offices.

No meetings will be held when County offices are closed for the day, meetings will proceed as scheduled if County offices are under liberal leave status. For questions regarding the cancellation of a meeting, please call the office at 410-887-3482.


To view upcoming meeting details, select from the list below.

  • Planning Board CIP Meeting, Agency Presentations: January 27
  • Thursday January 27 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Virtual WebEx Meeting
  • Meeting Details:

    The CIP Agency Presentation will be held via Webex.

    5:30 pm Capital Improvement Program Agency Presentation: Department of Recreation and Parks

    Immediately followed by CIP Agency Presentation: Office of Budget and Finance, Property Management

    Immediately followed by CIP Agency Presentation: Baltimore County Public Library

  • Planning Board CIP Meeting, Agency Presentations: February 1
  • Tuesday February 01 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Virtual WebEx Meeting
  • Meeting Details:

    5:30 pm Capital Improvement Program Agency Presentation: Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

    Immediately followed by CIP Agency Presentation: Office of Information Technology

    Immediately followed by CIP Agency Presentation: Department of Planning

  • Planning Board Meeting, Public Hearing, and CIP Agency Presentations: February 3
  • Thursday February 03 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Virtual WebEx Meeting
  • Meeting Details:

    4:00 pm Planning Board Meeting

    4:30 pm Public Hearing: Basic Services Maps

    5:30 pm Capital Improvement Program Agency Presentation: Baltimore County Public Schools

    Immediately followed by CIP Agency Presentation: Community Colleges
    of Baltimore County




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