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Office ofAdministrative 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.

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What We Do

The Office of Administrative Hearings is responsible for:

  • Ruling on zoning and development cases, including variance, special exception, nonconforming use and "special hearing" cases
  • Conducting public hearings
  • Granting approvals or denials on proposed development plans and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) 
  • Conducting hearings and ruling 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 of Administrative Hearings is to ensure that all the matters that come to us for hearings are resolved in an expeditious, fair and transparent manner; and that the rights and views of all participants are considered and respected. The Administrative Law Judges are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.

The Office does not give legal advice or recommendations regarding any of the matters that come before it.

Request to Review Documents

In-office review of paper files is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 410-887-3868 or email

Administrative Law Judges

Paul M. Mayhew
Managing Administrative Law Judge

Maureen E. Murphy
Administrative Law Judge

Inclement Weather Policy

The Office of Administrative Hearings follows the policy of Baltimore County Government offices. Please call the Office with any questions you may have.

  • If Baltimore County Government offices are closed as announced on radio or TV stations, all hearings are automatically canceled and new dates will be set and mailed.

  • If Baltimore County Government offices are opening one or two hours (or more) late as announced on radio or TV stations, morning hearings will also begin one or two hours (or more) later than scheduled. The afternoon schedule will not be affected.

Contact Us

Office of Administrative Hearings

Jefferson Building
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 103
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Managing Administrative Law Judge

Paul M. Mayhew