Planning & 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 email or you may call and leave a message that will be returned.  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.  You may also call 410-260-2200 and leave a message.  Staff will return your call to take payment information.  

Inspections related to building and trade permits are currently underway and have not been cancelled.  Use and Occupancy inspections as well as fence inspections are being scheduled as normal.

Rental inspections are being conducted virtually where feasible.  

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 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?  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

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.  On August 5, 2020, the Critical Area approved the new maps.  The new maps will be posted online when they are finalized.  

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  1. Moving toward Equitable Recreational Facilities: Next Virtual Meeting on October 2 at 9 am

    Please join us for our second meeting of the workgroup that is taking a close look at the section of City Code that sets the requirements for adequate recreational facilities. Read on...
  2. Moving toward Equitable Recreational Facilities: September 17 at 10 am virtual meeting

    Please join us as we take a close look at the section of City Code that sets the requirements for adequate recreational facilities. The first meeting will be held on September 17 at 10 am Read on...
  3. Coming Soon: State of Bicycling in and around Annapolis

    Please join us September 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm for a virtual presentation by Jon Korin of Bike AAA. Read on...
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