Zoning, Permitting and Citizen Relations

Overview

The Zoning, Permitting and Citizen Relations section works with residential and business customers to provide appropriate land use information during development. Staff reviews and approves permit applications for building permits and home occupation businesses. Staff provides official interpretation and enforcement of the zoning ordinance regulations and manages proposed text amendments.

Zoning

Provides zoning information to the public on proper land use for residential and commercial development, as regulated by the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance.

Permit Review/Business License Review

Provides review of building permits, plot plans, home occupations, signs and grading exemptions

Zoning Enforcement

The Enforcement Staff is dedicated to addressing concerns about uses or conditions that affect the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties as codified in the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance, while acknowledging the rights of property owners. This is done by enforcing the zoning laws and regulations set forth by the Board of County Commissioners. The Enforcement Staff strives to maintain or improve the quality of life for county residents by providing responsive zoning enforcement services.

Agriculture/Land Preservation

Calvert County created the first land preservation program in the State of Maryland and currently has the most active Transferable Development Rights program in the State. The County Programs complement the state's land preservation tools including the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program, the Rural Legacy, and the Greenprint Programs. Agricultural Preservation

Cultural Resources/Historic Preservation

Calvert County has instituted programs to preserve, protect, and document material traces of the past that are threatened by development. Calvert County has more than 1300 listings on The Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. Staff is qualified to perform cultural resources review for development projects that may affect historic structures or archaeological sites. Historical Preservation

Customer Service

Working through the county development processes can be complicated and can lead to frustration. The Development Navigator and customer service staff can assist by leading and supporting property and business owners through the processes.