Public Service Counter

Front Counter

Location and Hours

Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning
1st Floor George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive 
Ellicott City, MD 21043 

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

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Walkthrough Permits
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

(410) 313-2350

The first contact most people have with the Department of Planning and Zoning is at the Public Service Counter. From here our staff answer questions from homeowners, developers, tradespeople, and others seeking information about Howard County's planning, zoning, and development activities.

Building Permit Processing

Permit Review

Although the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits issues building permits, the Planning and Zoning Department is a reviewing agency responsible for review and approval of various aspects of residential and commercial permit applications.  For the status of a Permit in Process please refer to the Inspection & Permits Online Permitting Service.  To respond to comments please contact the reviewer directly or contact (410) 313-2350.

Walkthrough Permits

The Residential Walkthrough Building Permit Process allows for the same day review of miscellaneous residential building permits.  Most frequently, permits for decks and swimming pools are requested, however, most residential accessory structures (including single story additions up to 600sf in size) are eligible for Walkthrough Processing. Both zoning and engineering support are provided at the Public Service Counter during walk-through hours.

Please check with the Department of Licenses and Permits for complete details of the Process.

Zoning and Interactive Maps

The Department of Planning and Zoning maintains current Official Zoning Maps at the Public Service Counter, an online Zoning Map and a GIS Interactive Map.

Property Records

Property data are available through the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation Real Property Search.  Record Plats are available through the Maryland State Archives.