Talbot County, Maryland
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Planning and Zoning

215 Bay Street, Suite 2,
Easton, MD 21601
Ph. 410-770-8030
Fax 410-770-8043


Talbot County Emergency Declaration, COVID-19, 05/21/2020  

Talbot County Emergency Declaration, COVID-19, 06/23/2020  

These are unprecedented times – our communities, families, employees, and jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Hogan continues to roll out his “Roadmap to Recovery” plan for the State of Maryland, which includes a phased approach to reopening business.  The plan also empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopening businesses in their specific locale. 

The County now has in-person access to County buildings.  To protect the health and safety of our employees and citizens, Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning has implemented the below protocols: 

1.  Visitors are required to wear a mask when entering the building;

2.  Visitors must maintain a six-foot separation at all times possible from

     staff and other visitors. Access to the Planning and Zoning counter is

     limited to one member of the public at a time. Other waiting visitors must

     remain waiting outside with adequate separation;

3.  Videoconferencing, telephone conferencing, email or phone are the

     preferred method of communicating. When unavoidable in-person

     meetings are necessary, visitors are encouraged to call ahead and

     schedule an appointment with a County employee; and

4.  The Drop-box in the vestibule of the Planning and Zoning Department will

     still be available for drop-off of items such as applications, plans, etc. The

     shelf in the vestibule is also available for arranged pick-up of requested


In addition, Pre-Application, Technical Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and Short-Term Rental Review Board meetings will offer limited public access. Should you decide to attend in person, you must wear a personal mask when inside a County Building. Visitors will be required to maintain a 6’ separation at all times from everyone. The County has the right to limit access when the 6’ separation cannot be maintained. Therefore, we encourage citizens to listen meetings via conference call.

Please continue to check the County Planning and Zoning webpage for updated information. In addition, the County has created a site for current information on COVID-19 Orders, closures, resources, needs and assistance. Please visit www.talbotcovid19.org.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

 Procedures for Planning & Zoning Application Drop Off

   Application packets must be complete and accurate.

  1. Band complete packets together or place in a bag, folder, or envelope. DO NOT put cash, checks or money orders in drop box (see #5 below).
  2. Deposit the application packet in the drop box provided in the vestibule outside the Department of Planning and Zoning.
  3. Please include both a phone number and an e-mail address on your application.
  4. Accurate contact information must be provided. You will be contacted regarding applicable fees, invoicing and other acceptable methods of payment associated with your application.
  5. You will be contacted if there are any questions or issues regarding your submittal.
  6. Your packet will be collected at the end of the day and processed.
  7. Please indicate if associated information is to be distributed to Permits & Inspections, Environmental Health Department, or Public Works. We will distribute this information internally for you.
  8. Certain submission materials (plats, plans, exhibits, studies, reports, applications, legal documents and letters) are required to or may be submitted electronically. Electronic information shall be in standard digital format as specified by the Planning Director. Please contact our office at 410-770-8030 for information on electronic submittals.
  9. Consistent with the Emergency Declaration adopted by the Talbot County Council on March 16, 2020, the expiration date of licenses, permits, registrations and professional licenses issued by Talbot County that would otherwise expire by the later of April 30, 2020 or the termination of the Governor’s state of emergency; and be renewable during this period under applicable laws and regulations, is extended to the later of May 31, 2020 or within 30 days after the date by which the Governor’s state of emergency is terminated. (See full Declaration at www.talbotcovid19.org)
  10. We will provide notice of rescheduled public meeting/hearing dates on our webpage http://www.talbotcountymd.gov/, once the County Government offices are open to the public, or alternative procedures put into place (such as video/conference calling). This includes; Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and Technical Advisory Committee meetings.

You may contact Staff directly by telephone or email to assist with any questions or concerns. In addition, you may call our main line at 410-770-8030.  

Office Personnel are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning administers the overall planning and zoning program for the physical development and growth of the unincorporated areas of the County. These responsibilities include:

Administration of County's Floodplain Management (FEMA) program

Assignment of Street Addresses in the Unincorporated Area

Commercial/Industrial Site Plan review and approval

Comprehensive Planning

Coordination of Special Planning programs including ther Affordable Housing

Enforcement and Administration of Zoning and Property Maintenance Codes

Enforcement of the Forest Conservation Regulations

Implementation of County Zoning, Subdivision, and Critical Area Regulations

Implementation of MD Agricultural Land Preservation Programs (MALPF)

Review of Building Permits for Code Compliance

State Rural Legacy Program Administration

This Department provides support staff to numerous boards and commissions including Affordable Housing Task Force, Agricultural Land Perservation Advisory Board, Board of Appeals, Historic District Commission and Planning Commission. Other services include the administration of local, state and federal grant programs and to provide assistance on a daily basis to the general public concerning the regulation of land use in Talbot County.  

Changes to the County's Critical Area Program do not take effect until they are reviewed and approved by the Critical Area Commission for Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. As of the effective date of this chapter (11-10-2018), the Critical Area Commission had not yet approved those changes. Specific questions about Critical Area provisions of this chapter should be directed to the Department of Planning and Zoning

Please note that payments must be received upon submitting applications, checks shall be made payable to Talbot County.  This office does not accept credit cards or cash.


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