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 - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

(410) 313-2350

Development Regulations Assessment

Howard County Planning and Zoning completed a Development Regulation Assessment to review the zoning code, as well as regulations, policies and manuals related to land development. Click here to view the results of this assessment and recommendations for a new Unified Development Code.

Zoning Regulations

Zoning is the division of land into separate districts within which uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions. The Howard County Zoning Regulations establish districts to promote patterns of land use that are compatible with existing and future development and implement the County's General Plan.

Zoning Administration

Zoning Administration Functions include determining compliance with the Zoning Regulations, as well as processing requests for residential and commercial variances, conditional uses, temporary uses, Administrative Adjustments, Zoning Regulation Amendments, and Zoning Map Amendments. 

Code Enforcement

The Office of Code Enforcement ensures that structures and uses comply with Howard County Zoning Regulations as well as other Regulations and Guidelines managed by the Department of Planning and Zoning.