Talbot County, Maryland
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Planning and Zoning

215 Bay Street, Suite 2
Easton, MD 21601


The Talbot County Planning Office is responsible for the administration of the overall County wide Planning Program, planning for the physical development and growth of the County. This responsibility includes:

  • Comprehensive planning;
  • Implementation of County zoning, subdivision and Critical Area regulations;
  • Commercial/industrial site plan review and approval;
  • Residential building permit review, approval and administration;
  • Livability Code implementation and administration;
  • Housing program coordination;
  • Floodplain review (FEMA), State forest conservation implementation;
  • Agricultural land preservation programs;
  • State rural legacy program administration; and
  • County wide addressing program coordination.

The Office provides support staff and administration to numerous boards and commissions including the Talbot County Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Historic District Commission, Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board and the Housing Advisory Board. Other services performed include administration of local, state and federal grant projects and programs and providing information 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 Talbot County residents and the general public. Payment must be received upon applying for permit.   Please 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 Commsion here.


Bay TMDL and Local Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

In December, 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, 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.

WIP Targets  Fact Sheet

Talbot WIP Strategy

Agriculture and WIP Targets

WIP Impact on Maryland Industries

Link to MDE Watershed Implementation Plan website


for Maryland Jurisdictions
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