Agricultural Land Preservation Program

Application for Easement Sale

Soil and Water Quality Plan Status
Letter of Intent: Future Release of Child Lots
Tenant House Application

Please contact Joy Levy at (410) 313-5407 with any questions regarding the Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Please visit the webpage for additional information.


Demolition Clearance from Historic Preservation

Please contact Ken Short at or 410-313-4335 with any questions regarding demolitions.

Ellicott City Facade Improvement Program

Ellicott City Facade Improvement Program Information and Applications

For applications please see combined application located under the Historic Preservation Commission Link.

Sign Application - This will take the place of the regular Sign Application above, unless you are not seeking funds from this program.

Facade Improvement Claim - Please fill this form out to process your reimbursement.


Environmental Concept Plan Checklist

Final Plan - Plat - (Rev. Oct, 2013)

Final Plan - Roads - (Rev. Oct 2013)

Industrial Waste Survey

Pathway Project SDP - (Rev. April, 2011)

Preliminary Plan - (Rev. Dec, 2016)

Preliminary Equivalent Sketch Plan - (Rev. Dec, 2016)

Site Development Plan - Commercial - (Rev. Oct, 2013)

Site Development Plan - Residential - (Rev. Oct, 2013)

Sketch Plan - (Rev. Dec, 2016)

Waiver Alternative Compliance

General Notes:

Sketch Plan (2014)

Preliminary Plan (2014)

Final Plan (2014)

Final Plat(2014)

Non-Residential Site Development Plan (2014)

Residential Site Development Plan (2014)

Water and Sewer General Notes (2014)

Stormwater Management Structure Codes August, 2007 (2014) 

Water & Sewer:

Information Sheet for Water and/or Sewer (Rev. April, 2013)

Preliminary Water and Sewer Checklist - (Rev. June, 2014)

Final Water and Sewer Checklist - (Rev. Dec 2016)

Typical Operation & Maintenance Schedules for Environmental Site Design:

A-1 Green Roof

A-2 Permeable Pavements

F-1, F-4, F-5 Surface Filtration Systems

F-2, F-3 Underground Filtration Systems

2 Private Infiltration Basin


M-1 Rainwater Harvesting

M-2 Submerged Gravel Wetlands

M-3, M-6, M-7, M-8, M-9 Bioretention

M-4 Infiltration Berms

M-5 Dry Wells

N-1, N-2 Disconnection Practices

P-1 - P-5 HOA Owned and Jointly Maintained Ponds

P-1 - P-5 Private Ponds

Stormceptor Procedures

Fee In Lieu of Stormwater Management Application Process - (Rev. April, 2011)

Fee In Lieu of Road Improvements

Red-Line Revision Process

1990 & 1994 MdOP Land Use Land Cover 

Design Manuals:

Volume 1 - Storm Drainage

Volume 2 - Water and Sewer

Volume 3 - Roads and Bridges

Volume 4 (1 of 3) - General Conditions

Volume 4 (2 of 3) - Specifications

Volume 4 (3 of 3) - Details


Declaration of Intent - Agricultural (New 2011)
Declaration of Intent - Forestry
Declaration of Intent - Intra Family Transfer
Declaration of Intent - Real Estate
Declaration of Intent - Single Residential Lot Exemption Less than 20,000 sq. ft.
Fee-In-Lieu Request
Forest Conservation Application

Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission Applications

Advisory Comments (for advisory comments prior to submittal for subdivision or site development plans or for pre-application advice if located in a historic district)

Combined Application (combines Certificate of Approval, Facade Improvement Program and Historic Property Tax Credits Application as one)

Certificate of Approval (for exterior repairs and alterations to properties in the Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill Historic Districts)

Sign Application (for sign installation for properties in the Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill Historic Districts)

Historic Property Tax Credits (this application must be submitted with an application for Certificate of Approval and the Historic District Supplemental Tax Sheet if you are located in Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill. Properties only listed the Historic Sites Inventory must fill out the Historic Sites Inventory Supplemental Sheet)

Historic District Supplemental Tax Sheet (for properties in the the Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill Historic Districts)

Historic Sites Inventory Supplemental Tax Sheet (only for properties listed on the Historic Sites Inventory and not located in a local historic district)

Historic Tax Credit 10% Claim (this application must be submitted to process the final tax credit - applications prior to September 2013 were approved at the 10% tax credit rate)

Historic Tax Credit 25% Claim (this application must be submitted to process the final tax credit - applications approved September 2013 or later were approved at the 25% tax credit rate)

Land Development

Alternative Compliance Petition

Final Plan (Rev. Dec, 2016)

Final Development Plan Map  (Rev. 2014)

Final Development Plan Criteria
  (Rev. 2014)

Final Development Plan Downtown Columbia Application
  (Rev. 2014)

  (Rev. 2016)

Final Plat Application For Originals Only Processing
(Rev. 2014)

Forest Conservation Plat
  (Rev. 2014)

Minor Residential Structures and Additions in the New Town District for Concept or Amended Site Development Plan
(Rev. 2014)

Planning Board Public Hearing Application
(Rev. 2014)

Preliminary Equivalent Sketch Plan Application
 (Rev. 2014)

Preliminary Plan Application
 (Rev. 2014)

Receiving (RE) Plat (Rev. 2014)

Route 1 Manual Alternative Compliance Application

Route 40 Manual Alternative Compliance Application

Sketch Plan Application
(Rev. 2014)

Site Development Plan
(Rev. 2017)

 (Rev. 2016)

SRC Special Subject Form
(Rev. 2014)

Street Renaming Application
(Rev. 2014)

Electronic Plan Submission

Plan Forms

Environmental Concept Plan Application

Sketch Plan Application

Preliminary Equivalent Sketch Plan Application

Preliminary Plan Application

Final Plan Application

Preliminary Water and Sewer Plan Application

Site Development Plan Application

Presubmission Community Meeting Forms

Presubmission Community Meeting for Infill Development

Presubmission Community Meeting for Conditional Uses and Zoning Map Amendments


Zoning Administration

Administrative Adjustment to the Bulk Regulations (Rev 2012)

Administrative Adjustment to District Map Line for Drafting Errors (Rev 2012)

Accessory Apartment Permit Application (Rev 2013)

Buildable Lot Determination Request (Rev 2016)

Conditional Use Application (Rev 2013)

Christmas Tree Sales (Rev 2015)

Farm Brewery Application (Rev 2013)

Farm Winery 1A Application (Rev 2013)

Flower and Plant Sales (Rev 2013)

Non-Conforming Use Petition (Rev 2013)

Temporary Use Petition (Rev 2013)

Snowball Stand Application - NON Residential (Rev 2014)

Snowball Stand Application - Residential (Rev 2014)

Home Based Contractor Permit Application (Rev 2015)

Home Occupation Application (Rev 2016)

Zoning Complaint Form (Rev 2014)

Request to Construct New Dwelling Prior to the Removal of the Existing Dwelling (Rev 2012)

Permit for Special Farm Uses (Rev 2014)

Zoning Board

Petition to Amend the Zoning Map of Howard County  (Rev 2014)

Petition to Amend the Zoning Regulations of Howard County (Rev 2014)

Petition of Approval for a Preliminary Development Plan in a MXD District (Rev 2014)

Petition of Approval for an Amended Preliminary Development Plan (Rev 2012)

Hearing Authority

Hearing Examiner Appeal Petition (Rev 2014)

Administrative Appeal Petition (Rev 2014)

Petition to Modify Conditions of Approval (Rev 2012)

Non-Residential Variance Petition (Rev 2012)

Residential District Variance Petition (Rev 2012)

Sign Variance Petition (Rev 2012)

Conditional Use Petition (Rev 2013)

Non-conforming Use Confirmation Petition (Rev 2012)

Location and Hours

Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

(410) 313-2350