Current Planning

The Division of Current Planning is responsible for coordinating the review of development proposals, enforcing the zoning ordinance, and processing building permits, subdivisions, special exception uses and zoning variances. This Section has ongoing, direct contact with residents, business people and developers in the city and responds to over 7,000 telephone calls and walk-ins each year on a variety of zoning and procedural issues.

This section includes two major subareas - (1) processing all development applications including applications requiring hearings before the Planning Commission, City Council, and Board of Appeals and (2) permitting/enforcement which includes the review and approval of building permits and review for compliance with such diverse criteria as Historic Preservation Commission approval and the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area approval.


If you have a zoning question, please call us between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 410-263-7961, or e-mail:

General Zoning Questions
General Subdivision Questions
Eastport Area Questions

General Restaurant Questions

Critical Area Questions

For information about the Eastport design review process, please click on the following link:

Eastport: A Guide to the Design Review Process

If you have questions regarding Zoning Enforcement, Use Permits, or Inspections then please contact the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs by calling them at 410-263-7946.

Are you in the Historic District?

Go to the Historic Preservation section of this site, or e-mail Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation.