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Office of Administrative Hearings

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

Paul M. Mayhew

Paul M. Mayhew
Managing Administrative Law Judge

Maureen E. Murphy
Administrative Law Judge

Virtual Hearings and Meetings

In compliance with State and Baltimore County COVID-19 safety guidelines, Code Enforcement, Zoning and Development hearings will be held virtually until further notice.

Revised January 19, 2021         


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