All milestone and submission deadlines have been suspended according to the County Executive’s Order . However, certain deadlines have been reimposed by the Director pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 . The following list contains all Department Directives, reimposing deadlines, due dates, times of default, times of expiration, periods of time or times of an act or events:
Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Seating
County is authorizing outdoor seating for food and beverage services as a
temporary use for up to 180 days, until or unless the State of Emergency is
lifted or revised by Executive Order. Please review the
Guidelines for Temporary Outdoor Seating permits carefully before applying so that
your permit can be approved as expeditiously as possible. You can apply
Departmentof Inspections, Licenses, and Permits for the temporary permit.
Division Of Land Development
Plan review will continue through the electronic submission process (PDox). The following new protocols have been established to continue operations at reduced on-site staffing levels:
Appointments: DPZ will not offer in-person or intake appointments but materials can be scanned and emailed directly to email@example.com or submitted via drop box as described below. DPZ will collect drop box items on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and will process them on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Paper and mylar submissions: Residential walk-thru permits, and all physical plan submissions can be mailed to the Howard County Planning and Zoning, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or dropped into the bin labeled ‘DPZ’ in the George Howard Building lobby. Paper documents will be quarantined for no less than 24 hours and mylars may be quarantined longer.
Payments: Checks can be dropped off in the metal drop box located outside the George Howard Building. Please secure them in an envelope and send them attention to Department of Planning and Zoning. Receipt forms can be filled out digitally and once the check is received, DPZ staff will deposit it with the cashier. A copy of the receipt will be emailed at the applicant’s request.
Pre-submission community meetings:
Given the social distancing requirements mandated through
state and local orders, public pre-submission community meetings cannot occur
according to Section 16.128(c)(1) of the Howard County Code. To hold a
pre-submission Community meeting, alternative compliance to this code section
will be required. An
application for alternative compliance should
be submitted digitally to
firstname.lastname@example.org and should
explain the alternative means of conducting the meeting. See
Guidelines for applying for and hosting a pre submission meeting.
Notification Signs: Signs notifying the community about a project in for review must be paid for in advance and can be picked up at the front desk of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043, by appointment.
Development Engineering Division
State and local orders related to school and business closures
have greatly impacted the level of traffic on the State and local county roads.
This impact has substantially reduced the total number of vehicles on the
roadway system in Howard County resulting in the inability to obtain accurate
Howard County, like many local jurisdictions in central
Maryland, will allow an alternative method of analysis to project traffic
volumes in accordance with Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO). This
alternative requires the use of the most current traffic count prior to the
public school closure on March 16, 2020.
A department policy has been issued and will be in effect until
traffic counts have normalized and public schools are back in session.
Planners will be available via email and phone to help answer