Welcome to the Carroll County Zoning Administration Home Page, your portal to information about zoning topics and the Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances as it pertains to zoning.
This web site will link you directly to the zoning ordinance, and many pages with specially categorized information to help you get the answers you are looking for quickly.
Chapter 158 of the Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances is the basis for all information about County Zoning regulation. This portion of the County Code is available online in a user-friendly format for your own perusal. The second key element of County zoning is the maps which are maintained in Zoning Administration in room 111 of the County Office Building. Many of the most frequently asked questions the public has about zoning are addressed on this web site; however, we encourage your questions by telephone or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the staff of Zoning Administration to be of help to you, or for you to find some of your own answers pertaining to zoning on a piece of property, there are three essential numbers that you should have to begin your fact-finding mission: Tax Map #, Block #, and Parcel #. This information is listed on your annual property tax bill and is also available at the State Department of Assessments web site.
Zoning Administration has two distinct areas of operation, enforcement and the dissemination of information. All Zoning Administration staff are involved in both tasks. The enforcement side of OZA involves close cooperation with the Department of the County Attorney. The informational side works closely with the Department of Planning and its associate Bureaus and with the Bureau of Permits and Inspections. The Zoning Administrator is a cabinet-level appointment; Jay Voight is the current Zoning Administrator.
Zoning Administration is responsible for the daily interpretation of the zoning laws. It is our intention to provide consistent interpretations and non-prejudicial decisions. While every jurisdiction's zoning code attempts to be crystal clear on every conceivable application, the reality is that we encounter new uses and questions never thought imaginable daily in Zoning Administration.
Zoning Administration recognizes that many citizens making inquiries of this office may be basing decisions which commit tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on our response. We owe it to our customers to provide accurate information. While Zoning Administration tries to be quickly responsive to questions asked by the public and businesses, please bear in mind that an immediate response may not be wise or possible in all circumstances. Some questions require property research and in our on-going effort to be consistent in the application of the laws we may have to refer to similar cases from years past. In Zoning, even the simplest of questions sometimes require a lengthy response to be accurate and complete.