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The United States Naval Academy is in charge of all Commissioning Week activities. Visit this page for more information and schedules.
May 19-26, 2023.
Unobstructed views are best from the water. The next best locations are along the Severn River and Spa Creek, Naval Academy Yard, Annapolis (downtown/Eastport/West Annapolis), Greenbury Point, Jonas, and Catherine Green Park, and other locations.
Park at one of the many garages (Park Place, Knighton, Gotts) in the West Street Corridor and take the Magenta Shuttle downtown. Track the shuttle online.
Other details about parking restrictions and road closures can be found on the alerts page.
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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Active work will begin in Spring 2024. A fence will be erected around Susan Campbell Park after St. Patrick’s festivities. This will begin Phase One of active construction. The work will involve bulkhead replacement, installation of passive flood barriers, utility work (electric/plumbing), and rebricking.
Parking on Dock Street will be unaffected. The Harbormaster’s Office will remain operational. Watermark Cruises’, “Harbor Queen” will run normal operations off the dock in front of the Burtis House at the end of Prince George Street.
Yes. All of Dock Street will remain open during Phase One of construction. Dock Street will be unaffected from Randall Street to the fence at Susan Campbell Park and will be available for Special Events rentals during construction.
Site maps might need to have their site maps reconfigured.
Between Phase One (Susan Campbell Park) and Phase Two (Dock Street), the City will pause construction work to allow for the Fall 2024 Annapolis Boat Shows. At the conclusion of the Fall 2024 Annapolis Boat Shows, City Dock will close to vehicle traffic and parking as well as some pedestrian traffic. During this time, there will be access to Burtis House docks (Watermark Cruises) and Susan Campbell Park via Prince George Street. The harbormaster’s office will be closed and demolished during this time.
Yes! The new City Dock park will incorporate a number of enhancements to better accommodate special events.
For other questions, contact Special Events Coordinator Felicia Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org.
The targeted completion date is the end of the 2023 calendar year.
PRM identified an appropriate and representative mix of jurisdictions and job markets, which consisted of municipalities and counties within the District of Columbia and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Additionally, PRM included certain proprietary and published survey sources for government, not-for-profit and general industry (private) market sectors below:
The longer version of the question: Will the study address pay compression issues, for example, between levels of employees within a work group, across different workgroups, or employee salaries that are at the maximum rate of pay for the position’s assigned salary range?
The study will examine, document, and analyze all pay compression issues and develop recommendations, as appropriate.
The study will examine compensation and classification for all current full-time employees and new hires. It will consider the best practices being utilized among the peer jurisdictions identified in their classification and compensation programs and make related recommendations.
An analysis of income disparities or inequities based on gender or race is included in the scope of the study.
An analysis of employee benefits is outside the scope of this particular study. For the purposes of this study, compensation is defined as base salaries plus variable cash provided through reward and recognition programs.
The study is intended to help ensure employees have up-to-date Job Descriptions that accurately describe the work being performed, and that employees are being paid fairly and competitively with surrounding jurisdictions and the overall job market. No one will have their pay reduced as the result of this study.
The study may result in recommendations to establish new job classifications that enhance recruitment activities and improve career ladders, as well as to consolidate existing classifications, and/or reclassify existing job titles.
The purpose of position evaluation and market pricing is to determine what should be the appropriate salary range for a given position or job. An employee’s workload is not considered in determining what the job is worth. This is a different type of review, often referred to as a staffing analysis, to consider employee workload, how to best allocate employee resources, and/or the number of employees needed to meet specific goals and service levels.
PRM Consulting staff will follow the most effective and efficient data-gathering and job analysis methods needed for updating the large number of Job Descriptions. We will conduct Focus Groups with small groups of employees for job titles/families where there are multiple job incumbents who perform similar work. In other cases, employees will be contacted on an individual basis to gather job information for this purpose.
PRM has done extensive work in this area. The PRM team of Classifiers will closely facilitate this work to assist with all the updates. The City of Annapolis’ Office of Human Resources along with employees’ supervisors, will have an opportunity to review the updates to interpret responses that either under or overrepresent the importance of any duties or responsibilities.
Typically, at the conclusion of a study such as this one, there are various employee communications that are drafted and distributed to summarize the findings and/or the plans going forward. Implementing the study recommendations can be a complex and time-consuming process. Obviously, the city leaders must carefully consider the relative costs and benefits, affordability, and sustainability of any study recommendations in a fiscally responsible manner.
As part of the budget development and approval process, which requires involvement and collaboration by City senior leadership, the mayor, and the City Council, changes and enhancements are carefully planned, sometime for the next fiscal year which begins July 1 and runs through June 30 of each year, and sometimes this is needed across multiple fiscal years. Union negotiations occur throughout these timeframes for consideration and incorporation into Bargaining Agreements.
Employees can expect that communications related to this study will continue, just as they have with the Town Hall meetings. Additionally, much of the work will be apparent to employees, such as the resulting updates to the job descriptions, changes to salary guidelines, and modifications to pay schedules. Please keep in mind that there are specific procedural requirements characteristic of a merit system environment, and therefore, certain approvals are needed by the Civil Service Board and the City Council, prior to implementation.
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.
To vote, you may use a copy of a current and valid photo identification including:
- Maryland driver’s license
- MVA issued ID card
- Student ID
- Employee ID
- Military ID card
- U.S. passport
- Any other State or federal government issued ID card
You may also use a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.
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 City of Annapolis uses a third party ambulance billing vendor, Digitech, and their customer service phone number for dates of service beginning December 1, 2022 is 833-856-2424. Fax number for dates of service beginning December 1, 2022 is 833-689-5804. Attorneys office using ChartSwap may access it for their requests.
For requests of dates of service prior to December 1, 2022 the prior number of 888-980-9296 and fax number of 614-987-2075.
For any dates use the mailing address of:PO Box 782256Philadelphia PA 19178-2256
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 occupancy period is a set period of time beginning on the settlement date of the initial sale of the MPDU and 30 years into the future (see below). If the MPDU is sold within the occupancy period, the home must be sold to another MPDU client at a price determined by the city. This 30 year occupancy period will renew each time the MPDU is sold.
No. The owner may sell the MPDU at a fair market price.
The city’s MPDU requirements are enforced through covenants that are placed on the property. Once the occupancy period has ended, these covenants are released.
The deposit required shall not exceed $1,000.
No. The owners must live in the MPDU as their primary residence, or they must sell it to another Certificate Holder.
Yes. The covenants on the MPDU are not tied to the mortgage. The covenants are tied to the property itself. Therefore, paying off the mortgage does not relieve the owner of his/her obligation to adhere to the MPDU rules agreed to when the property was purchased.
A moderately priced dwelling unit (MPDU) is a housing unit that has a sales or rental price that is affordable to households with moderate incomes. The City of Annapolis wants to ensure that housing options continue to be available to its moderate-income residents and employees. To achieve this goal, the City Council passed the Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit Law in 2004; amended in 2019. The law requires that 15% of the houses for sale and 15% of the rental units in new subdivisions of 10 or more units be MPDUs, i.e., affordable to moderate-income households.
We define moderately priced housing as housing affordable to persons or households making approximately 100 percent or less of the Baltimore area median income (for example, $111,751 for a household of four). Realistically, to be able to afford to buy a home under this program, a household must be able to qualify for a mortgage that is at least equal to the price of the house. To afford the rent of an MPDU through this program, a household should earn approximately $40,000 or above in a year unless they have government housing assistance, a Housing Choice Voucher.
No. City law requires private developers to provide a certain number of affordable units within large developments. Neither the City nor the developers provide any subsidy to buyers. However, you may use federal, state, or local government assistance including, but not limited to, Section 8 housing choice vouchers, medical assistance subsidies, rental assistance, or rent supplements.
Any person or household who meets the minimum program requirements may apply for the MPDU program. You must be income-eligible and have the necessary income to make mortgage or rent payments and you must not currently own a home.
The maximum income limits for the City of Annapolis MPDU Program FY 2023 are as follows:
* Gross annual income from all current sources for all wage earners in the household.
In addition, you must be one of the following:
In addition, if purchasing an MPDU, you must complete homebuyer’s classes provided by Arundel Community Development Services, the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, or a HUD-certified homebuyer program.
Maps are available in our office and on the MPDU website showing the corporate limits of the City of Annapolis.
The program guidelines do not specify a minimum income, but you should be able to qualify for a mortgage that is at least the price of the house. This is because house prices normally require at least that amount of income to make the payment requirements. If a person has sufficient assets to use for a down payment, that would reduce the mortgage.To qualify to rent your income should be at least $40,000 a year. You may also use any government subsidy.
You may download the form in PDF format here. If you want an application mailed to you, you may call the City at 410-263-7961 ext. 7727.
The management at Bell Annapolis on West will perform a credit check for rental applicants. The City will not perform a credit check for either the sale or rental of an MPDU. This apartment complex is the only apartment complex in Annapolis that currently has MPDU units available.
Participants in the MPDU program must be able to pay a monthly mortgage or rental payment. You may use federal, state, or local government assistance including, but not limited to, Section 8 housing choice vouchers, medical assistance subsidies, rental assistance, or rent supplements.
If you are self-employed, you must submit two years completed federal income tax returns signed and dated, including all schedules. In addition, a current Profit & Loss Financial Statement(s) is required. If you have a 25% or greater interest in the corporation, we require two years of corporate tax returns.
Yes. We will return incomplete applications. You must contact the Internal Revenue Service to request a summary statement of your previously filed tax return. You may request transcripts by calling 1-800-829-1040, or order by mail IRS Form 4506T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return). The IRS does not charge a fee for transcripts. Allow two weeks for delivery.
Probably not. We use pay stubs to determine your current income and we use your tax return to verify other information on your application.
You can have your employer verify your annual income and year-to-date earnings on company letterhead or request your employer to complete an Income Verification Form (available from our office).
Applications for Certificates of Eligibility to purchase MPDUs will be accepted in person or by mail. City staff is processing applications for the MPDU Program on a rolling basis. The application may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of Planning and Zoning, 145 Gorman Street, 3rd floor, Annapolis MD 21401.
The City will mail certificates within 4 weeks of applications being received. Within the first 4 weeks after submittal of an application, please do not call. If an applicant does not receive a certificate within 4 weeks, then it is appropriate to call 410-263-7961 ext. 7727 to discuss the status of your application.
A certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue and may be renewed. At the time of renewal, applicants must submit documentation that shows that their income limits still fall within the eligibility guidelines of the MPDU program and that you still meet all the minimum requirements of the program. When you are within 60 days of the expiration date of the current certificate, resubmit the MPDU application with the same required documentation.
In addition, you are responsible for keeping the city staff up to date with your information. If you change your address or phone number while your certificate is still active, we may not be able to reach you with information on the availability of units.
Files are only kept for 60 days beyond the expiration date of the certificate.
Most units that may be available under the Annapolis MPDU program are apartments, condominiums, townhouses, or single-family homes. The size of the eligible units may range from an efficiency or studio with approximately 600 square feet of gross floor area to a four-bedroom with approximately 2,000 square feet of gross floor area.
If you are eligible based on your household size, income, and the size of the MPDU being offered, you will receive a letter notifying you of the next time units become available. If you are interested in the units being offered, you must return the completed interest form by the date indicated.
For rental units, you will receive a call from the management at Bell Annapolis on West to ask you if you are interested in renting a unit.
If certificate holders are not interested in the unit available from the developer or rental complex that contacts them, they can decline to purchase, or rent, the unit. Their name remains on the list of certificate holders, which is given to future developers of MPDUs. If a certificate holder chooses not to purchase or rent a unit, there is no guarantee that another unit will become available. A name is only removed from the list when a certificate holder purchases or rents a unit, requests that his or her name be removed or the certificate expires.
No. You must live in the MPDU as your primary residence.
Most of the information you need, including the application, can be found on the MPDU website.
Provisions in Chapter 20.30 of the City of Annapolis Code determine the price of homes built under the MPDU Program.
The occupancy period is a set period of time beginning on the settlement date of the initial sale of the MPDU and 30 years into the future (see question 10). If the MPDU is sold within the occupancy period, the home must be sold to another MPDU client at a price determined by the city. This 30-year occupancy period will renew each time the MPDU is sold.
To purchase an MPDU, you must be able to qualify for financing and to pay the down payment, settlement and other costs that are necessary to -purchase a home. In addition, you must have a good credit rating. The lender decides if you are qualified for a mortgage.
Your monthly mortgage payment typically includes your homeowner’s insurance payment and your property taxes, in addition to your loan payment. If you purchase a condominium or townhouse, you will be required to pay a monthly condominium fee or a homeowner’s association fee that covers the costs of maintaining the common areas in the development. Some condominium fees may also include part of the utility costs and/or front foot assessments. These fees may range from $100 to more than $500 per month, depending on the property that you purchase. You will be responsible for paying these fees the same as the other property owners in the development.
Before you sign a sales contract , you must complete a home buyers’ education course. When you complete the course, you will receive a “Home Buyer’s Certificate.”
Home Buyers classes are offered through the following agencies:
Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. (ACDS)
2666 Riva Road, Suite 210Annapolis, MD 21401410-222-7608www.acdsinc.org
Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee
251 West StreetAnnapolis, MD 21401410-626-1900 ext. 1004www.aaccaa.org
Please contact the agencies above for information on class availability. We will accept Home Buyers Certificates from other organizations which provide HUD certified home buyer classes.
No. We do not provide financing to purchase MPDUs. You must receive financing through a conventional lender (like a bank), a mortgage company, or the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s “Maryland Mortgage Program” (MMP). Find more information on this program or call 1-800-638-7781.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development offers funds through the Down Payment and Cost Assistance Program. You can find more information on this program at or by calling 1-800-756-0119. ACDS also has a program called Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP). This program offers funds for first time homebuyers purchasing a home in Anne Arundel County. Please contact them at 410-222-7600.
Please note that you must receive homebuyer education/housing counseling and obtain a housing counseling certificate prior to making an offer and executing a contract. To receive help with down payment, settlement expenses, and/or mortgage assistance from MMP or MAP program, you must obtain housing counseling through ACDS.
Yes, however, the sales price for the unit is set by the Department of Planning and Zoning based on the median family incomes determined by HUD. Consequently, if the unit is sold within the 30-year occupancy period, the homeowner may find that the costs of the upgrades may not be recaptured.
There may be a cosigner on a loan as long as the cosigner does not appear on the deed as a co-owner. This provision is at the discretion of the individual lender.
The city imposes certain resale and occupancy restrictions on the MPDUs when the completed units are sold. The MPDU is subject to resale price controls and owner occupancy requirements. The occupancy period means the time a MPDU is subject to resale price controls and owner occupancy requirements. The occupancy period is 30 years and begins on the date of initial sale. If an MPDU is sold to an eligible person within 30 years after its initial sale, the unit must be treated as a new MPDU and a new occupancy period must begin on the date of the sale.
The price for which the unit can be resold is controlled during this period, and the unit must be resold through the MPDU program to another MPDU certificate holder. The MPDU must be owner-occupied throughout the applicable occupancy period, and when the owner sells the unit for the first time after the 30-year occupancy period ends, it may be sold at a market price. Any excess profit is kept by the owner of the MPDU.
Yes, the covenants on your MPDU are not tied to your mortgage. The covenants are tied to the property itself. Therefore, paying off your mortgage does not relieve you of your obligation to adhere to the MPDU rules you agreed to when you purchased your property.
Technically yes, but the owners cannot refinance for more than the MPDU value, as determined by Department of Planning and Zoning. In addition, the owner must be aware that he/she is required to sell the unit to another MPDU-eligible household at a price set by the city if he/she sells during the occupancy period. Therefore, it is dangerous to refinance up to the new market value and take all the equity out of the property. If the owners are forced to sell shortly after the refinancing and before the occupancy period is completed, they could be put in severe financial jeopardy. Contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-263-7961 for additional information.
The rental price of MPDUs are set by the city and are based on “Fair Market Rents” (FMRs) set by HUD for the Baltimore region. If the landlord of the MPDU pays all utilities (heat, water, sewer, electric and trash), then the rent is 100% of HUD’s FMRs. If the landlord does not pay all utilities, then the rent is 80% of HUD’s FMRs.
The occupancy period is a set period of time beginning on the initial occupancy date of the rental MPDU and 99 years into the future. If the MPDU lease is terminated within the occupancy period, the units must be rented to another MPDU client at a price determined by the city. Once the 99-year occupancy period ends the rental unit will be put on the available for rent list at market rate. However this does not apply to Bell Annapolis on West which was built prior to the MPDU code amendment in 2019. Currently the occupancy for Bell Annapolis on West ends July 28, 2026.
Some developments may include utility fees in their monthly rent payments. If the rental price does not include utilities, you will be required to pay monthly bills such as water and sewer, electric and heating etc.
The MPDU and leasing offices monitor renters on an annual basis. If the Certificate Holder is no longer income eligible for the program, they will have to move out of their MPDU within a time (set by the MPDU office) which is currently six months. The city allows the renters income to go up to 120% of median income before they must vacate the MPDU
The certificate holder will be required to notify the leasing office of their desire to terminate their lease. Once the MPDU becomes vacant, the leasing office notifies other certificate holders of a vacancy within the development.
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.
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
Visit our Forms, Permits and Licenses web page.
Generally, it takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks to process a building permit. Simple permits may be issued sooner. Commercial permits and more complicated structures may take longer since a more detailed review may be required. In many cases, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical permits are issued within 24 hours of submittal.
A grading permit review usually takes three to four weeks. However, the review for larger projects may take longer. All grading permits must also be reviewed and approved by the Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District (ASCSCD). The AACSCD charges a fee of $200 per acre, which is in addition to the grading permit fees charged by the City of Annapolis.
Fees are based on the value of the total construction, including materials and labor for the proposed job.
Construction can commence immediately after the permit is issued. However, the building permit must be displayed properly on the property.
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 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.