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All "proposed projects" that are new development or redevelopment of any non-residential building or any mixed-use development of non-residential and residential uses, proposed by an applicant, where the proposed development is greater than 10,000 square feet in area or a residential subdivision of more than 11 lots regardless of the square footage of the development is subject to adequate public facilities review and certification.
In addition to the submittal requirements for Site design Plan Review, each department involved in Adequate Public Facilities review - Fire, Police, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, Neighborhood & Environmental Programs, and Planning and Zoning - may require additional information. For access to the specific standards and requirements. please see the Departmental Review section of the
Yes. A proposed project that will include a sprinkler system or systems in accordance with City Code Section 17.12.010 shall be deemed to have adequate facilities under the fire department portion of the APFO.
No. Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities are only required to be issued before any approval of a Major Site Design Plan application under Section 21.22.060 of the Zoning Code, and any approval of a Planned Developments under Chapter 21.24 of the Zoning Code. However, building and fire codes will still apply.
Since the site and construction of each ADU varies, it is impossible to estimate. The cost per-square-foot is likely to be the same as other new residential construction. Builders and architects can give you rough estimates.
Many people will draw on a home equity line of credit if there is equity in an existing home. You can refinance your existing mortgage or take out a larger loan to provide construction cash. Some people take out a construction loan and refinance the loan with a new mortgage when the construction is completed. Talk with your lender about the best option for you.
No. the ADU is part of your home. You can only sell the ADU if you sell your house too.
Yes. Contact the Department of Planning and Zoning for more information.
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a residential unit that can be added within an existing single family home or as an addition to a single family home (attached), created by a garage conversion (attached or detached), or added as a new structure on your lot (detached). In all cases, ADUs are independent units that have their own kitchens, bathrooms, living areas and entrances.
From City Code: “an accessory building, or portion of a building, designed or used exclusively for residential occupancy that is located in a single family dwelling or on the same lot and is subject to the use standards in Section 21.64.010 of the Annapolis City Zoning Code and the bulk regulations for buildings accessory to single family dwellings.”
ADUs can provide additional space for caregivers, grown children, elderly parents, or renters. Because ADUs can be rental units, they may produce additional income for the homeowner. “Empty-nesters” may be able to stay in their neighborhoods by moving into a smaller ADU and renting their larger existing home to pay the mortgage.
ADUs are permitted in most residential zoning districts (R1A, R1B, R1, R2, R3, R3-R, R4, R4-R) and may be permitted with a special exception in other residential zoning districts (R2-NC, R3-NC, R3-NC2, C1, C1A). Check your zoning on the City’s website
A maximum of one accessory dwelling unit may be established on any one lot. The ADU must have its own separate entrance.
Yes. In either the main dwelling or in the ADU.
The maximum size of any ADU is 850 square feet of livable space (unless it is in the footprint of an existing dwelling such as in the basement of an existing house).
Yes. A rental license and inspection by the City of Annapolis Department of Planning and Zoning is required for any rented ADU. Rentals may be short- or long-term.
If the addition of an ADU will create an additional impervious surface on the lot, treatment or management of stormwater will be calculated and a mitigation strategy must be implemented. There may be other requirements depending on the limit of disturbance and if any trees or vegetation will be removed. Contact the Department of Planning and Zoning for more information.
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Please note: in most cases a food handling establishment will require industrial pretreatment (outdoor in-ground grease interceptor) as determined by the wastewater pretreatment inspector.
Signage is controlled by the specific district of a site and requires approval and issuance of a sign permit before installation. Portable signs are not permitted. In some cases temporary banner signs can be used as long as they meet all required standards. Temporary banners or signs for businesses require written approval from the Director of Planning and Zoning.
A Planned Development allows greater flexibility than is generally possible under conventional zoning district regulations. This is done in order to encourage more creative design, to protect significant natural resources, and to promote development that is compatible with the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. There are three types of planned developments: residential planned developments, business planned developments, and special mixed planned developments. See City Code Chapter 21.24 for more information.
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You can use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) or submit a voter registration application to your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections at any time. However, an application must be postmarked by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in the next scheduled election.
Monday, August 16, 2021
• Deadline for the Primary Election. The Board’s office will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Monday, October 4, 2021
• Deadline for the General Election. The Board’s office will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
All polling locations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the date of the election.
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The Annapolis Fire Department does not sell or give away patches, t-shirts or other departmental items due to economic and safety concerns. For Annapolis Fire Department related apparel
For a nominal fee, the Annapolis Fire Department offers CPR and/or First Aid training for the general public. Individuals, groups or businesses that are interested in the training could fill out the form on the Save a Life CPR Class page or should
The Annapolis Fire Department does not conduct car seat safety inspections. However, there are several agencies or businesses in our area that do offer this service. Please note that they all require an appointment be set up before you go to their location.
We do offer station tours and fire prevention education programs. However, we are unable to host birthday parties or other such events at fire stations. To schedule public education or station tours please
Residents of the City of Annapolis may drop off expired or surplus fireworks and flares, upon presentation of a valid Maryland Drivers license showing an address located in the City of Annapolis’ jurisdiction, at any of the below City of Annapolis Fire Stations or at the Annapolis Fire Department Headquarters Office.
1790 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401 (HQ)620 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401914 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403
Please call the Annapolis Fire Department Headquarters at 410-263-7975 ext. 0 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during normal business days. Please have ready the date of service and the location of the response. You may also complete the online Request for Fire Report form. Once we have determined that we were the department that handled your call for assistance, you will be given direction on when your report will be ready for pick up at the Fire Department Headquarters or be mailed or emailed. You will also be advised of any applicable confidentiality requirements. Please be advised that due to ongoing investigations, some reports may not be immediately ready for release.
That can be done, and some Fire Departments do, however they independently staff the SUV. That means, there are two crews; one for the fire engine and one for the SUV. If you don’t do that but instead use the engine crew to staff the SUV unit, what happens when they are returning from an EMS/medical call and there is a dwelling fire in the City; do they respond back to the station and get the fire engine, or do they respond to the fire in the SUV but without the tools they need to address a fire? Furthermore, it is not at all unusual to have multiple EMS calls in the City at one time; this could leave us in a position of not having any fire engine available in the City to respond to a fire.
The Fire Chief’s number one responsibility is the safety of our firefighters. One of the most dangerous places for firefighters to respond is on the roadway at the scene of a vehicle accident. Across the nation, numerous firefighters and police officers have been killed or injured on the scene of an accident after being struck by other vehicles. One role of the fire engine is to serve as a barrier between the traffic and first responders.Also, sometimes the fire engine/truck is the closest unit to the call for assistance and is dispatched as a first responder to begin assisting those possibly injured. Additionally, the following facts must be considered:1.Most 911 callers provide very limited information … I was just passing by and saw an accident and I cannot provide any further details.2.How do you describe a “minor accident”? – It is difficult to determine the extent of any injuries from just viewing damage to the vehicle.3.Is the “minor accident” the result of a medical event? Cardiac issue, stroke, drug overdose, etc. Units may arrive to find minor damage but a patient with a serious medical emergency.4.Is the vehicle leaking fuel or other fluids? (Environmental concerns)5.Is it a propane powered vehicle?6.Is it an electric car? Any movement? (Need to chock the wheels)The response of the fire engine addresses many functions on the scene of a vehicle accident.
Please call the Annapolis Fire Department Headquarters at 410-263-7975 ext. 0 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during normal business days. Please have ready the date of service and the location of the response. Once we have determined that we were the department who handled your call for assistance, you will be given direction of when your report will be ready for pick up at the Fire Department Headquarters.
You will also be advised of any applicable confidentiality requirements. Please be advised that due to ongoing investigations, some reports may not be immediately ready for release.
The Fire Department does not issue permits. The Department of Planning and Zoning, Inspections and Permits Office accepts applications for permits and distributes plans for reviews as necessary for issuance of permits. Questions regarding permit application procedures or permit status should be directed to the Department of Planning and Zoning, Inspections and Permits Office via phone at 410-263-7946.
The Fire Department conducts inspections for commercial permits after issuance upon request by the contractor/applicant. Requests for Fire Marshal inspections must be made by talking to the Fire Marshal’s Office directly. If you are calling after normal business hours or do not get an answer, please leave a message stating the type of inspection needed and the address of the inspection.
You will be provided free employee parking at the Park Place garage at West Street and Taylor Avenue. The address is 1 Park Place, Annapolis, MD. A free shuttle service will be provided by the Annapolis Department of Transportation (ADOT) from Park Place to City Hall and to Gorman Street from Main Street. The shuttle is easily recognizable as it is bright pink (magenta) in color.
Employees can park wherever they like. The only free parking garage for employees is in the garage at Park Place. We discourage employees from parking on downtown neighborhood streets, which will require payment via ParkMobile and will be limited to two hours.
City employees may park on any level, however, P-3 has the most parking spaces including near the elevators and is highly recommended for employee parking. There are signs outside of and in the garage that will guide employees into the garage and to the lowest level (P-3). For electric vehicles, there are 3 charging stations with 2 plugs per station on P-1 level near the Plaza elevator. There are bike racks available as well, in the garage, near the electric car charging stations. We will have ambassadors to assist with employee parking the first few days that we relocate to Park Place garage.
You will enter the garage from the Taylor Avenue entrance which is the main entrance to the garage or you may enter from West Street near the Park Deli Sandwich Shop/Miss Shirley’s restaurants. You will be provided a new garage pass for Park Place garage which gives you 24/7 access. Human Resources will be distributing parking passes to each department/division to hand out to their employees. You will be required to turn in your Hillman Garage pass.
Yes, there are working elevators in the garage that are marked. The garage on the P-3 level that takes you to the lobby for shuttle pick-up has bright orange markings.
There will be a well-marked location for pickups and drop-offs at Park Place garage. You should take the Park elevators to the tower lobby which provides climate-controlled waiting area for the shuttle that will arrive just outside the door for pick up. Once on the Park elevator, press L for Lobby to get you to the climate-controlled waiting area with the clear visibility of the arriving shuttle.
Yes, shuttles will transport City employees to the front of City Hall and to the corner of Main and Gorman Streets near the CVS store.
Free Downtown Shuttle Hours (focus on city employees during peak periods – two buses will be operating)
Normal Operating Hours (one bus will be operating)
ADOT buses will be providing the transportation service and they are equipped to assist riders with mobility issues.
The main gathering spots in front of City Hall and near the corner of Main and Gorman Streets (closer to front of CVS and also in front of Jimmy John’s) will have benches for employees to use while waiting for the shuttle. We will ensure there are benches at Park Place elevator lobby where employees will wait for the shuttle.
Shuttle service will continue throughout the day at a reduced schedule; however, we are making arrangements to allow employees who regularly come and go to the office during the day to park in a limited location downtown. Employees who drive City vehicles will drive their personal vehicles to the Park Place garage to pick up their parked City vehicles and will be able to park them in spaces designated near the Harbormaster Office for daytime use.
Teleworking will remain at the discretion of the department head in accordance with the City’s policy that was reissued on April 12, 2022.
Gorman St will be available only for construction traffic.
Will the garage demolition close access to City buildings and if so, for how long?
No, it will not close access to City Hall or 145 Gorman. However, the walkway behind the garage between City Hall and Gorman buildings will be closed. The lower level door to City Hall will be closed as well. The front and side doors of City Hall will be accessible.
City business will continue through the entire construction period. The demolition period is expected to take six weeks and the construction phase is expected to be complete prior to Commissioning Week in June of 2023. The working hours for the construction crews is expected to be 7 am until 4 pm. The garage will not be demolished using a wrecking ball or an implosion method.
No, there is no other set aside location for employees to work. If you need to conduct meetings outside of the downtown area you may arrange for meeting space with the other departments located outside of the downtown area as you would have in the past.
City employees (including those who don’t work downtown), vendors and independent contractors will park at Park Place and use Free Downtown Shuttle to get downtown. We will be able to provide access passes to exit the Park Place garage just as we were able to do for Hillman Garage. All City and business customers for the downtown area may park in Gotts Garage or Knighton Garage (at their own expense if they do not wish to park at Park Place), and ride the Free Downtown Shuttle or walk downtown.
The Free Downtown Shuttle and the Green Line bus will operate throughout the day to transport employees to the schedule provided. In addition, with the assistance of an app that can be added to your phone, there is a van service that operates much like an Uber to pick patrons up and take them from point A to point B for just $2.00. The service, known as VIA, may pick up more than one person based on the demand. The service hours are noon until 8 pm. Beginning May 17th they will operate three vehicles during those hours from their fleet of four vehicles.
It is not anticipated that this will add a significant amount of time to the workday with the frequency of the shuttle runs and the location of the stops near the downtown buildings. Should this be the case we can revisit this concern in the future.
Some departments have pool cars that can be utilized for that purpose during the day but you should check with your department head about ways to manage the necessary travel during the course of the day.
All meetings are open to the public. If you are an Annapolis resident and are interested in serving on the Commission, please contact the commission.
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The City generally follows the guidance of the International Building Code, 2015 Edition when determining when permits are required.
For more information, please see the Approval Reference Guide for Permits.
Any trees that are to be removed as part of a project or are within fifteen feet of the project boundary must be shown on the site plan accompanying the permit application. The City Code requires that any tree removed must be replaced at a certain ratio and each replacement tree must meet a minimum size standard. If a tree is to be removed and there is no building or grading permit required, then a tree permit may be required if the tree is within the front, side, or rear setback adjacent to a public right-of-way, or is within 100 feet of the water (mean high tide). In addition, all tree removals within the historic district are subject to approval by the Historic Preservation Commission.
Generally, no permit is required. However, any land cleared that exceeds 5,000 square feet requires a grading permit. This includes foundation excavation, clearing prior to construction, grading for positive drainage, etc. Any new single-family home construction, regardless of the area cleared, requires a grading permit.
Grading - Total Lot
Grading - Partial Lot
Grading - Multiple Lot
It is a permit for constructing retaining structures to keep dirt or neighboring properties from falling into an excavation. Any excavation directly adjacent to a public right-of-way (ROW), or private property may require sheeting and shoring. This type of excavation will require a permit.
Residential Sheeting/Shoring Permit
Commercial Sheeting/Shoring Permit
Certain permit and license applications can be printed from Planning and Zoning section of the City’s Website. These include fence permits, sign permits, plumbing contractor license, rental unit operation license, utility contractor license, electrical contractor’s license, and bed and breakfast operating license. The permit applications can be obtained in our office at 145 Gorman Street 3rd Floor or can be mailed or faxed upon request.
Annapolis OPS (Online Permit Services)
If you want to use or occupy vacant land, change the use or ownership of an existing building (including space within the building), or enlarge a use that affects its parking requirements you will need to obtain a use and occupancy permit. In addition to zoning approval, compliance with building, fire, health, plumbing, mechanical (and others determined to be applicable) requirements are necessary. An inspection will be scheduled to determine if the building meets all applicable code requirements. Once the use and occupancy permit and other building permits have been issued, you may begin operation.
Home Use & Occupancy Permit
Commercial Use & Occupancy Permit
Yes. If you receive an SERO from a Maryland State Trooper or other law enforcement officer you can have the repair inspected and certified at the Annapolis Police Department located at 199 Taylor Avenue. Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Inspections are not conducted during inclement weather.
A registered inspection mechanic at a Maryland State Police authorized inspection station can also inspect the repair.
We encourage you to make your complaint in person to a supervisor or a member of the Internal Affairs Section. To make a complaint in person come to the Annapolis Police Department at 199 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. However, we will accept complaints through our online complaint form, or by mail, telephone, or email. If you call the Internal Affairs Section, a detective will make an appointment with you, at your convenience, to take a sworn complaint. To contact someone by phone call 410-268-9000. You can send information about a complaint by email to Sgt. Ascione at email@example.com
You will receive a response within 72 hours of filing your complaint. A detective from the Internal Affairs Section will investigate your complaint. You will receive an update about your complaint within 30 days and each month after, if the investigation is still ongoing. Based on the results of that investigation suggest a finding to the Chief of Police. If the complaint is sustained the Chief will send the case to the officer's supervisor for a recommendation of discipline.
The Chief will review the entire case before making a final decision. The finding in the case will be one of the following four categories: - Sustained - Enough evidence exists to prove the complaint. - Not Sustained - The evidence neither proves nor disproves the complaint. - Unfounded - The incident either did not happen or the accused member was not involved. - Exonerated - The incident occurred but the accused member acted properly. You will be advised of the outcome of the investigation within 72 hours after disposition, including the discipline imposed.
A detective from the Internal Affairs Section will notify you within 72 hours after the disposition of your complaint, including the discipline imposed. You may also contact the office at any time during the investigation.
Yes, this question goes right to the heart of what professional law enforcement is all about. The department will not tolerate misconduct on the part of its employees. We realize that any tolerance of misconduct will lead to a breakdown of the trust you place in your police department.
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To change the mailing address or to add a name to the bill, the property owner must provide written and personally signed authorization. Bring or mail a letter or our Change of Address form to:
City of Annapolis
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Sorry, e-mails are not accepted. Utility accounts are maintained in the name of the property owner and charges are a lien against the property.
Promptly call our office at 410-263-7953 and request a protest form. Fill out the top part and return the form prior to the due date on your bill to the Utility Billing office located at:
Please include a $40 protest fee. You will be contacted by the Utility Billing office after an investigation by the Department of Public Works. If there has been an error in the meter read, we will adjust your bill and refund the $40 fee. The protect form will not be initiated until the $40 is paid in full. You can call to pay the protest fee via credit card and submit your form via email.
The rate is $274.00 per year, billed quarterly at $68.50.
This is calculated on a combination of customer type and impervious coverage.
If you are selling your home, the water service does not get shut off. A “Real Property Transfer Form” must be submitted to the City, with the accompanying fee, in order to transfer property from one owner to another. This form is typically provided to the Finance Department by a title company, lawyer, and/or representative who is facilitating the property transfer. After the “Real Property Transfer Form” is submitted to Finance and all outstanding utility amounts are paid in full, the property transfer can move forward. Once the original deed is brought to the Finance Department for recording, the utility account will be transferred to the new owner. Fees are in accordance with the annually adopted City of Annapolis Fee Schedule.
Please call the Finance Office at 410-263-7853 to verify the fee amount.
Is there a fee to disconnect/reconnect your water service?
Yes, there is a fee. The fee must be paid in advance of the service and can be paid at the Finance Department. Fees are in accordance with the annually adopted City of Annapolis Fee Schedule. Please call the Finance Office at 410-263-7853 to verify the fee amount.
Lien certificates cost $35 plus require a special reading charge of $15. For more information,
The residential refuse fee is charged for every dwelling unit. Multi-family buildings of 10 or more units which have made arrangements for private refuse collection may be exempt. Exemptions are possible for mixed use buildings with private refuse collection for the entire building.
The full impact of the fee increase will not be experienced until your November 30, 2017 bills come out. Prior to that time, the increases will be phased in. For example, if your bill is for the period ending July 31st (May, June and July), then your bill will include 2 months at the old rates and 1 month at the new rates or 1/3 of the full impact. Assuming that your usage is constant, your bill would be roughly 30 percent higher than your previous quarterly bill.