WICOMICO COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

PLANNING

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


SALISBURY-WICOMICO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INC.

Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development was formed in 1967. Through the creation and preservation of productive employment opportunities, it works to enhance the socio-economic environment of the City of Salisbury, Wicomico County, and the region.
[Government Office Building, 125 North Division St., Salisbury, Maryland]

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Formerly the Planning Office, the Department of Planning, Zoning, and Community Development was established in 1989. The Department serves as planning and zoning advisors to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Government Office Building, 125 North Division St., Salisbury, Maryland, August 2012. Photo by David R. Herron.


The Department is funded by the County with financial support from the City of Salisbury. Development policies are determined by the Salisbury Mayor and Council and by the Wicomico County Council in conjunction with the Planning and Zoning Commission (County Code, sec. 62-7).

Matters relating to planning and zoning are governed by both State and County laws. The Maryland Forest Conservation Act, for example, requires all county governments to adopt local forest conservation programs (Chapter 255, Acts of 1991; Code Natural Resources Article, secs. 5-1601 through 5-1613).


BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DIVISION
Formerly, under the Department of Public Works, the Building Construction Division transferred to the Department of Planning, Zoning, and Community Development in 2013.

Upon review and approval of site and construction plans, the Building Construction Division issues permits for building construction, which include, but are not limited to, residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional structures, as well as remodeling, additions, alterations, mobile homes, accessory buildings, and swimming pools.

FIRE PROTECTION DIVISION
The Fire Protection Division formerly was part of the Department of Public Works. The Division transferred in 2013 to the Department of Planning, Zoning, and Community Development.

Primarily through fire code enforcement and public fire education, the Division protects the people and property in Wicomico County from the dangers of destructive fire. The Division inspects buildings and reviews all building construction plans (except for one- and two-family dwellings) to check compliance with County and municipal fire codes.

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