Regulations and Manuals






Subdivision and Land Development Regulations

Title 16, Subtitle 1 | Grandfathering
The purpose of Subdivision Regulations is to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of the County by assisting orderly, efficient, and integrated development of land and providing uniform procedures and standards for the processing of development plans. For questions about the Subdivision and Land Development Regulations, please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning, Division of Land Development Planner-of-the-Day at (410) 313-2350.



Zoning Regulations

Zoning Code | Title 16, Subtitle 2 | Grandfathering
The Zoning Regulations and maps are being enacted for the purpose of preserving and promoting the health, safety and welfare of the community. It is the intention of the Zoning Board to guide the future growth and development of the County in accordance with a General Plan which represents the most beneficial and convenient relationships among the residential, non-residential and public areas within the County considering the suitability of each area for such uses, as indicated by existing conditions, trends in population and modes of living, and future requirements; and considering such conditions, trends and requirements, both within the County and in relationship to areas outside thereof. For more information on the Zoning Regulations, please visit the Zoning Regulations Web Page.



Historic Preservation

Title 16, Subtitle 6
The regulations set forth in this subtitle are adopted to regulate construction, alteration, reconstruction, moving and demolition of structures of historic, architectural, and archaeological value, together with their appurtenances and environmental settings within respective specified limits. These regulations are designed to safeguard the heritage of the County by preserving districts herein which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history; to stabilize and improve the property values in such districts in the County; to foster civic beauty; to strengthen the local economy; and to promote the use and preservation of such historic districts in the County for the education, welfare and pleasure of the residents of the County. For more information on Historic Preservation, please visit the Historic Preservation Web Page.



Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

Title 16, Subtitle 11
The Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) provides a growth management process that will enable the County to provide adequate public roads, schools, and other facilities in a timely manner and achieve general plan growth objectives. This process is designed to direct growth to areas where adequate infrastructure exists or will exist. For more information on Adequate Public Facilities, please visit the Adequate Public Facilities Web Page.


Cemetery Preservation

Title 16, Subtitle 13
The purpose of this subtitle is to foster preservation of cemeteries and burial grounds in Howard County. For more information on Cemetery Preservation, please visit the Historic Preservation Web Page.