The Department of Economic Development formed in March 1995 (County Code, secs. 80-1 through 80-8).

Formerly located at Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport, 5263 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, the Department of Economic Development moved to 104 Tech Park Drive, Cambridge, in February 2017.


In Dorchester County, the Planning and Zoning Department implements regulatory and land-use planning functions, including responsibilities for County permits, inspections, and licensing (County Code, sec. 155-17). The Department enforces the following regulations and codes: Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Building Code, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code, HVAC Code, Property Maintenance Code, Minimum Livability Code, Uniform Numbering System, the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Protection Program, the Forest Conservation Act Program, and the Floodplain Management Protection Program.

The Department also administers and manages the following planning and land preservation programs: County Comprehensive Plan; the Agricultural Land Preservation Program; Rural Legacy Programs; Census Data Distribution; and Geographic Information Systems.

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).

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