Talbot County, Maryland
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Planning and Zoning

215 Bay Street, Suite 2
Easton, MD 21601

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:

  • Comprehensive planning;
  • Implementation of County zoning, subdivision and Critical Area regulations;
  • Commercial/industrial site plan review and approval;
  • Review of building permits for code compliance;
  • Enforcement and administration of zoning and property maintenance codes;
  • Coordination of special planning programs including the Affordable Housing;
  • Administration of the County's Floodplain Management (FEMA) program;
  • Enforcement of the Forest Conservation regulations;
  • Implementation of the MD Agricultural Land Preservation Programs (MALPF);
  • State rural legacy program administration; and
  • Assignment of street addresses in the unincorporated area.

This Department provides support staff to numerous boards and commissions including the Talbot County Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Historic District Commission, Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board and the Affordable Housing Task Force. 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. Office personnel are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide assistance to the general public. Please note that payments must be received upon applying for permits and make all checks payable to Talbot County.   Credit cards and cash cannot be accepted at the counter.

Meetings and Information



View information on the Affordable and Workforce Housing Commission here.



Bay TMDL and Local Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

In December of 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with the Chesapeake Bay watershed jurisdictions, established a nutrient and sediment pollution diet for the Bay to guide and assist Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. This pollution diet is known as the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or Bay TMDL. Concurrent with the TMDL, the EPA charged the Bay watershed states with developing Watershed Implementation Plans in order to provide adequate reasonable assurance that the jurisdictions can and will achieve the nutrient and sediment reductions necessary to implement the TMDL within their respective boundaries. The following is a series of information links to follow the progress of the TMDL program:

WIP Targets  Fact Sheet

Talbot WIP Strategy

Agriculture and WIP Targets

WIP Impact on Maryland Industries

Link to MDE Watershed Implementation Plan website


Data Links 

US Census 2012 Population Estimates for Maryland Jurisdictions


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