What is zoning?
Zoning is the public regulation of land use. It involves the adoption of ordinances that divide the City into various districts or zones. Each district allows certain uses of land within that zone, such as residential, commercial, or industrial. Zoning regulations address such features as building height, bulk, lot area, setbacks, parking, signage, density as well as many other land use issues.

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1. If someone is interested in building a new house on a vacant lot recently purchased, which city agencies would be involved in the review process of this permit application?
2. I live in Eastport and want to add a family room and a second floor bedroom to my newly purchased dwelling. What should I do?
3. I have my eye on a commercial building for a possible coffee shop but am apprehensive about signing a tenant lease. What should I do?
4. Is an architect or engineer services required on drawing submittals?
5. Can an architect or engineer licensed in Virginia design and certify drawings for a project in Maryland?
6. Can an upper floor over a garage be remodeled to be used as a sewing room?
7. Can an owner add on to their house for their elderly mother-in-law?
8. What is zoning?
9. What are setback requirements for dwellings and storage sheds?
10. What is an administrative adjustment?
11. What is a variance?
12. What does "Critical Areas" under zoning mean?
13. Are temporary signs or banner signs permitted in the City?
14. Are off-site signs permitted?
15. What is a Planned Development?
16. I would like to do some renovations to my house. Are there any programs that can assist me?