Planning & Zoning


From The Department of Planning and Zoning


As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the Permit Counter in Planning and Zoning at Gorman Street will be closed to the public.  The Department will be open and operating and accepting permits via email or via The Box, which is located in the front of 145 Gorman.  Staff will be available via phone and email.  Oversized plans can be taken to City Hall.

Most permits can be processed electronically and credit card payments will be accepted over the phone.

Submit your COMPLETED permit application to

Due to the current teleworking procedures being followed by Executive Order, we are requiring that digital, as well as paper plans, be submitted with permits for plan sizes that exceed 11"x17".  If you have any questions, you may contact

Our staff will confirm receipt of your application and notify you by email or phone for additional information and/or payment.

Inspections related to building and trade permits are currently underway and have not been cancelled.  We ask that you delay requesting inspections that are not time-sensitive, these can be scheduled when the shelter in place order has been lifted.  The individual inspector will evaluate each inspection requested, generally, inspections taking place inside occupied dwellings will be rescheduled.

Use and Occupancy inspections as well as fence inspections are being scheduled as normal.

Rental inspections are being cancelled.  The inspectors are contacting each property representative.  We are currently investigating alternative inspection possibilities, we will notify property representatives as soon as new information is available.

We are striving to continue our daily routine in a manner that keeps both our employees and the public safe during this difficult time.

If you have any questions, you may also contact us Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm at 410-260-2200.

Sally Nash, Director

Planning & Zoning is comprised of six divisions:

2020 Comprehensive Plan

Annapolis Ahead.  Bridging Barriers.  Connecting Communities.  The City of Annapolis Plan, serving as the 2020 update to the City's comprehensive plan, will focus on protecting and enhancing neighborhood health, supporting economic growth and diversity, and ensuring that the local environment is resilient.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Ordinance O-39-19 has been  introduced at City Council.  The Planning Commission will be hearing the ordinance Feb. 6, 2020 at 7 pm.  They have requested information including which parcels in the City would meet the bulk regulations requirements for lot size that would allow the property owner to apply for a new accessory dwelling unit.  The map and chart show that approximately 34% of parcels in the City would be eligible.  

Critical Area Program Update

The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission is updating the City's critical area maps, and the maps for all jurisdictions state-wide.  The draft maps have been posted on the "Critical Area Program Update" page.  

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