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 Council Letter, March 26, 2020

Talbot County Government has been reduced to minimal staffing at this time. All public meetings, including Pre-Application, Technical Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and Short-Term Rental Review Board meetings, have been postponed until further notice.

Please note: Although closed to the public, the office will remain accessible from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays). We will monitor email and phone messages—responding as soon as possible during normal operating hours. If you need immediate attention, please contact our main line at 410-770-8030.

Please continue to check the County Planning and Zoning webpage for updated information. In addition, the County has created a new 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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