Planning and Zoning

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If a project is subject to Title 22 Adequate Public Facilities (including projects with 11 residential units or more), it is exempt from the school test if it is:
+ A non-residential project;
+ A residential subdivision where no new dwelling unit potential is created;
+ An institution for the care of the aged;
+ A proposed project in the Arts and Entertainment District 
+ A ​proposed project in ​the Main Street Maryland District;
+ A proposed project ​that is an ​age-restricted residential project*; and 
+ A proposed project that ha​s received a certificate of adequate public facilities prior to the effective date of ordinance 36-15.

*“Age-restricted residential project” means any other housing that is either:
A. Provided under any state or federal program that the secretary of housing and urban development determines is  specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons (as  defined in the state or federal program); or
B. Intended for, and solely occupied by, persons 62 years of age or older; or 
C. Intended and operated for occupancy by persons 55 years of age or older, and—
   1. At least 80 percent of the occupied units are occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age or older; and
   2. The housing facility or community publishes and adheres to policies and procedures that demonstrate the intent  required under this subparagraph; and 
   3. The housing facility or community complies with rules issued by the secretary of housing and urban development for verification of occupancy, which shall—
      (i)provide for verification by reliable surveys and  affidavits; and 
      (ii)include examples of the types of policies and  procedures relevant to a determination of compliance with  the requirement of subparagraph 2. Such surveys and affidavits shall be admissible in administrative and judicial proceedings for the purposes of such verification.
D. The age restriction shall be noted on the plat and recorded  in the land records for Anne Arundel County

The Department of Planning and Zoning consists of ​seven divisions:

The Department of Planning and Zoning is a liaison for the following entities:

The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for all permitting, inspections, and licensing relating to all facets of ​City Code.  This includes construction, rental housing, zoning, and construction trades.  The Department is also responsible for long-range planning for development, redevelopment and community development preservation activities within the City.


  • Provides permits and inspections of all construction with a value of $500 or higher to promote safety and code compliance.
  • Licenses and inspects all rental housing to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions.
  • Licenses contractors doing business in the City.
  • Inspects and enforces zoning regulations as set forth in the City Code.
  • Provides pre-application meetings for those interested in a property prior to leasing.
  • Works with applicants to open or expand businesses.
  • Prepares necessary plans, studies, and programs to implement the City's Comprehensive Plan
  • Administers and enforces the City's zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations
  • Plans and administers the City's Community Development Block Grant program
  • Engages in special studies and projects impacting on future growth, development and quality of life.