WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

PLANNING

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW & PERMITTING

The Department of Development Review and Permitting issues permits, implements programs, and enforces regulations, most of which relates to land use, including building construction, site plans, subdivisions, stormwater management, sediment and erosion control, and shoreline construction.

A range of licenses, including liquor licenses and renewals, roadside stand licenses, and vending licenses are issued by the Department. In October 2014, the Department also became responsible for administering and enforcing the County's bingo laws.

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).

Seven divisions carry out the Department's work: Administrative; Building; Customer Service; Data Research; Liquor License Control; Technical Services; and Zoning.

LIQUOR LICENSE CONTROL DIVISION

ZONING DIVISION

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