Adequate Public Facilities

In 2007, the City Council adopted an Adequate Public Facilities ordinance whose purpose is to ensures that the impact on public facilities is assessed in conjunction with the proposed development.

The Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance is codified as Title 22 of the City Code. 

The purposes of testing for and certification of Adequate Public Facilities are to:

  • Assure that development and redevelopment occurs in concert with the Capital Improvement Program and will enable the City to provide adequate public facilities in a timely manner and achieve the growth objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Assure that proposed development protects the public health and safety, promotes the general welfare of the community, and conserves the environment.
  • Assure that proposed development fits harmoniously into the fabric of the community.
  • Encourage new development to occur in areas of the City where public facilities are being provided.
  • Require new, additional, or upgrades to existing facilities that are necessary to address the impact on public facilities from proposed development when the existing or planned public facilities will not provide or maintain an adequate level of service.


The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for administering the application process for a Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities, with support from each director or department responsible for the applicable facilities. An application for a Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities is made in conjunction with an application for site design review and approval of a Major Site Design Plan or Planned Development.

Equitable Public Facilities

Getting Started

How do we go from Adequate Public Facilities to Equitable Public Facilities?  We need your input.  

Presentation for City Council Worksession, July 16, 2020

How can we make sure planning is equitable for all residents of Annapolis?  First, we need data.  

1. Information from other jurisdictions

2. Information about Annapolis, its history, and how the negative and positive aspects of urbanization are distributed.

3. Articles to consider:

Proposed Revisions to Title 22

Chapter 22.20

1. Existing: Chapter 22.20 - Review Criteria and Certification for Adequate Recreational Facilities 

2. Work group