The zoning of your property can be found on the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission website, on official zoning maps located in the Department of Permitting Services office or in the information office of MNPPC. You may also request the information through 311. Please provide your name; daytime telephone number; email address and property location for which you are requesting a zoning classification. A representative from the Permitting Services Department will research your property and contact you with the requested information
A copy of the plat may be on file in our office. You will need to complete an Information Request Form so the Department can Research the requested information.
You must contact Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission for information on subdivision of property. The Department of Permitting Services does not regulate the subdivision process.
Yes, please see the Zoning Confirmation Page for residential or commercial uses and properties.
DPS investigates all questions about buildings without permits, building too close to property lines, buildings that exceed the height limits for the zone, and not building in accordance with approved plans. You can submit a complaint online. You can also file a complaint by calling 311. Please make sure you leave the address of the property, the issue you are complaining about and your name and telephone number if you wish us to contact you about the results of the investigation. You may request that your name be held confidential. You can also call and leave complaint information and not give your name however, we will be unable to contact you with the results of the investigation.
The setbacks for your property depend on the zoning in which your property is located. The zoning of your property can be found on the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission website, on the official zoning maps located in the DPS office or in the information office of Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission. The development standards (setbacks) for a shed or deck can be found on the Zoning Webpage. If you would like to speak with a Zoning Specialist, one is available at the Department of Permitting Services during normal business hours or contact 311 and a Specialist will return your call.
Contact Maryland National Park and Planning Commission at 301-495-4610 for written approval or relocate the fence outside the easement.
Yes, you need signed letter of approval from your neighbor and the fence permit application.
If the height of the wall is over 30” in height from grade on the low side of the wall, then a permit is required. Click here for information.
If your property is within the incorporated city limits of Gaithersburg or Rockville, then you will get your building permits, plan reviews, and inspections from that city government, not from Montgomery County. Check this listing of Municipalities. Visit this website to see if your property is located in the City of Rockville or call City of Rockville, Zoning Information at 240-314-8220. Call the Gaithersburg Planning and Code Administration at 301-258-6330, to see if your property is located in the City of Gaithersburg.
If your property is located in one of the following incorporated Towns: Poolesville, Washington Grove, Laytonsville, Barnesville, Brookeville, then you must receive zoning approval from the town government and then come to DPS for a county building permit. All permits, plan reviews (other than zoning), and inspections will be conducted by the County government. Check this listing of Municipalities.
If you live in Montgomery Village in Gaithersburg, Churchill/Waters Landing Town Sector in Germantown or Clarksburg Town Center, then the homeowners’ association (HOA) approval is required when you apply for a building permit. You must bring the HOA’s written approval with you when applying for the permit. If your neighborhood has a HOA, it is suggested that you receive their approval and bring it with you when applying for the County Building permit.
The setbacks for your property depend on the zoning in which your property is located. The zoning of your property can be found on the Maryland-NationalPark and Planning Commission website, on the official zoning maps located in the DPS office or in the information office of Maryland-NationalPark and Planning Commission. The development standards (setbacks) for a shed or deck can be found on the Zoning Webpage. You may also call 311 and a Specialist will return your call with the property information. information for you.
You may request to see a copy of the plans from our office. You can submit a Request for Public Information online. You could also complete a Request For Information form and mail, fax or bring the form into our office. Requests for information are answered as quickly as possible.
You have 30 days from the date the permit it issued to apply for an appeal through the County Board of Appeals. The telephone number is 240-777-6600.
Section 59-A-6.1 of the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance, has all the information concerning the types of home occupations. See Home Occupations or Home Health Practitioner for additional information.
If you live in an agricultural zone
If you do not live in an agricultural zone, you need a special exception from the County Board of Appeals.
Any number of persons related by blood or marriage, or up to five unrelated persons living as a single housekeeping unit can live together in a home. Note: (A group home may exceed 5 unrelated persons -see question 19 for group home definition).
Group home: A facility licensed, funded, certified, or registered by the State of Maryland or the County as required for a group home or domiciliary care home offering residential accommodations, supervision, or assisted community living for the residents. The number of residents includes members of the staff who resides at the group home but does not include infants less than two months old. A group home may be classified as follows:
Group home, small: A group home for 3 but not more than 8 residents
Group home, large: A group home for 9 but not more than 16 residents or the limit set by state law.