Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning is comprised of five divisions:

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Community and Economic
Development Division

Plans and administers the City's
Community Development Block
Geant program, and works
with applicants to expand
and open businesses

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Comprehensive Planning

Prepares necessary plans, studies,
and programs to implement the
City's Comprehensive Plan,
and engages in studies, projects
impacting future growth,
development, and quality of life

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Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Division has primary responsibility for all departmental activities within and pertaining to Annapolis' Historic District.

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Current Planning &
Development Review

Conducts development review
and site design plan review, and
administers and enforces City
ordinance and regulations

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Licenses & Permits

Find important information about city permitting and licensing.

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Permit, Plan, and
Licensing Portal

File for new permits
using our new portal

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


2040 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 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.