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Development Review and Land Use Planning

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.

Permit Processing Office Closed October 28 and October 29

To prepare for the transition from paper to online applications, the Permit Processing Office will be closed for staff training on Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29. Permit applications will not be accepted these days. View additional information about the online permit transition.


The Department of Planning is committed to development and land use of the highest quality. This department ensures compliance with Federal, State and County laws through the review of land use proposals and the development of plans, policies and procedures in order to make recommendations to approving authorities. Our goal is to achieve the vision of the Master Plan by promoting and preserving safe and sustainable communities of a high aesthetic quality for the citizens of Baltimore County.

  • Development Review—Review of residential and commercial development in Baltimore County with respect to planning concepts.
  • Adequate Public School Facilities—Review of the impact of projects with a residential component on public school facilities.
  • Growth Tiers—Identify where major and minor residential subdivisions may develop and the type of sewage disposal system that will serve them.
  • Capital Improvement Program—A six-year plan authorizing the funding for capital improvements such as roads, sewers, parks and schools. 
  • Legislation—A study in response to County Council Resolutions, Planning Board initiatives, County Executive requests and Master Plan recommendations on zoning and other regulations.
Revised October 15, 2021         
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