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

Permits for Tents

Is your business association applying for a Recovery / Reopening District Application?  Are you interested in applying for an individual temporary tent?  Please see the "Tent, Stage or Other Temporary Structure Permit" 

Tents are not required for outdoor table service, however a tent permit will still be required to use a tent larger than 120 square feet. Please make sure that the permit applications include a flame spread rating certificate.

If the tent is going to be in use past dusk, you will also need an electrical permit for lighting.  Please contact John Menassa for more information at 410.260.2200.  

For more information about Recovery / Reopening District Applications, visit the Special Events webpage.  

Planning & Zoning is comprised of six divisions:

2020 Comprehensive Plan

Rethink zoning.  How do we improve housing affordability and access to opportunity?  The Comprehensive Plan is a chance to change the way we regulate land use in the City and bring more equity across the board to City residents.  

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.

Equitable Public Facilities

How do we go from Adequate Public Facilities to Equitable Public Facilities?  We need your input.  

Current information on Adequate Public Facilities 

Presentation for City Council Worksession, July 16, 2020

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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  1. Thursday at 8 pm BAE Presents a Fiscal Impact Analysis

    Please join us Thursday night at 8:00 for a presentation from BAE Urban Economics. BAE will be presenting the Fiscal Impact Analysis for the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will be virtual, via the City’s YouTube Channel Read on...
  2. June: Current Project Status in Planning and Zoning

    Hello, Please see the June 2020 Development update from the Department of Planning and Zoning: Read on...
  3. Thursday at 7:30: June 11th--Current City of Annapolis Environmental Programs and Initiatives

    June 11, 2020: Planning Commission and Nitty Gritty Committee. Environmental Roundtable Discussion with Jackie Guild. Virtual, via the City’s YouTube Channel, 7:30 pm. Jackie will present "Current City of Annapolis Environmental Programs and Initiatives." Read on...
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