Planning & Zoning

During the State of Emergency

As of Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the Permit Counter in Planning and Zoning at Gorman Street will be reopening to the public.  Until that date, the Department will be accepting permits via email or via The Box, which is located in the front of 145 Gorman daily from 8:30-4:00. Staff will be available via email or you may call and leave a message that will be returned. Oversized plans can be taken to City Hall.

To make a payment, call 443-808-5768 during normal business hours. To schedule an inspection, leave a message on 410-260-2200 or email the request to Email is the best way to communicate as it's being monitored constantly during the workday.

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

If you have any questions, you may also contact us Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm at 410-260-2200, and leave a voice mail.  We will return your call soon.

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 for dining area?  Please see the "Tent, Stage or Other Temporary Structure Permit" .  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.  

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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.

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

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