Baltimore County Government

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County Government Overview

 

 

Planning and Zoning

 

  • Baltimore County Department of Planning
    Conducts research and formulates policies, plans and regulations to guide future growth in Baltimore County and to preserve and enhance existing communities. Prepares the 10-year County Master Plan and local community plans, administers the comprehensive zoning map process, and reviews development plans. Other major duties of the office are related to its role as staff to the Planning Board, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Design Review Panel.
     

    • Neighborhood Response Team
      Organized into four geographic sectors. The NRT serves as the primary contact for planning related matters and for information about issues in their area.
       

    • Planning Department Reports, Maps and Statistics
      Provides research reports on growth trends in the County and Quarterly Subdivision Reports tracking and summarizing approved plans and building permits for residential and non-residential development.
       

  • Baltimore County Planning Board
    Meeting schedule, agenda and minutes updated regularly. Has advisory role in recommending, reviewing, and approving planning proposals, including the County Master Plan, Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, amendments to zoning and related regulations, area and special plans and other Master Plan amendments, planned unit developments (PUD), and developments that conflict with the Master Plan or that involve historic landmarks.
     

  • Baltimore County Zoning Regulations 
    Updated regularly. Gives specifics on how the County zoning law is to be implemented. The regulations can be very detailed. To stay up-to-date, be sure to review the County Council's recently enacted legislation that may impact Baltimore County zoning law.
     

  • Comprehensive Zoning Map Process  (CZMP)
    A 4-year process that allows every parcel of land in the county to be reviewed for possible rezoning. Baltimore County documentation of zoning changes and the official zoning maps are only available online.

    During the process, logs of CZMP issues organized by Council District are available online. They contain information on the location of the issue as well as existing zoning, requested zoning, who filed the issue and the recommendations of the planning staff, planning board and the County Council decisions.

  • My Neighborhood: Zoning  Updated regularly.
    Interactive zoning map that allows users to search for properties and view the current zoning and a description of the intent of the zone and the uses permitted by right and special exception. View aerial photography, obtain owner information and real property assessment data and more.
     

  • Zoning Review Bureau and Office of Administrative Hearings
    Processes all Zoning Petitions and Forms, i.e., special exceptions, special hearings and variances, as well as undersized lot applications. Schedules the hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings, Public Hearings, and more. Download or print the Administrative Law Judge decisions as well.
     

 

Courts, Lawyers and Codes

 

  • Baltimore County Court System
    Find out about both Circuit and District Courts, the State's Attorney's Office and the Orphans and Small Claims Court. Review what you need to know about Jury Duty. Review the Circuit Court's daily docket
     

  • County Codes, Laws and Regulations
    Find the Baltimore County Code, Baltimore County Zoning Regulations, and other codes that impact building in your neighborhood.
     

  • Find Info: Law - Baltimore County Public Library
    Find local, state, and national codes, laws, and regulations and more facts about our courts.
     

  • Lawyers and Legal Services
    Use these links to find a lawyer, legal services for seniors, contact the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, the County Bar Association.

 

County Executive

 

  • County Executive
    The chief elected officer in Baltimore County government who administers the county government's daily operations.
     

  • Office of Community Outreach
    Special Assistants to the County Executive are each assigned to a specific area of Baltimore County to provide a direct connection between communities and the County Executive and to work directly with the County Executive on unique projects and policy issues that directly effect each community. Find out who represents your community.
     

  • Office of Constituent Services
    Constituent Services works with the people of Baltimore County to solve specific problems or concerns they are facing. For example, when an individual needs help getting a pot hole fixed, is trying to find out more about traffic calming, or is concerned about a nuisance property in the area, each of the three staff members in the Office of Constituent Services are ready to assist.
     

  • Public Schedule of the County Executive
     

 

County Council

 

 

Community Development and Conservation

 

  • Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability
    Information source on ground water, watersheds, wells and septic systems, local forests and wetlands, stream banks, and other environmental programs. Administers and enforces environmental laws, regulations, programs, and activities designed to conserve and enhance the natural resources of the county and to preserve and protect the environmental health of its citizens.
     

  • Baltimore County Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections
    Oversees the use and development of the land; reviews new development plans and necessary public improvements each project requires; issues all building permits and enforces the rules and regulations of Baltimore County for development, building, electrical, plumbing, livability and zoning codes.
     

  • Baltimore County Department of Planning
    Working closely with citizens, elected officials and other government agencies to formulate policies, plans and regulations to guide future growth and to preserve and enhance existing communities. Coordinates programs, policies, and capital improvements projects.
     

    • Development Management Division of Baltimore County Permits, Approvals and Inspections
      Reviews new development plans to make sure they comply with land use regulations and fit in with existing communities and infrastructure. Reviews proposed residential subdivisions and commercial development. Public meetings and hearings related to land development proposals.
       

  • Baltimore County Department of Public Works
    For matters dealing with trash collection, water and sewer, traffic and roads.
     

  • Baltimore County Historical Trust
    Non-profit participates in historic preservation research and document the historic significance of buildings, sites and neighborhoods.
     

  • Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission
    Conducts public hearings and approves building changes for any historic structures on the Preliminary or Final Landmarks Lists and for all development within County Historic Districts.
     

  • Maryland Historical Trust
    A state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past through research and conservation. Administers several programs that assist historic preservation-related activities, including bricks and mortar activities such as acquisition and rehabilitation of historic properties; maintaining the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP), archeological investigations, and more. Financial assistance is given through tax credits, grants or loans.

 

Emergency Preparedness

 

 

  • Baltimore County Cooling Centers
    During the months of May-September, Baltimore County Senior Centers are open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM for relief from the heat. When a heat emergency has been declared by Baltimore County, specific Senior Centers below will open as “cooling centers” with extended hours until 8 PM. Baltimore County Public Library branches are also open during normal business hours.
     

  • Baltimore County Emergency Operations Plan
    The County has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that it implements in times of crisis, including natural disasters and severe weather emergencies. The EOP is the basis for a coordinated response to any type of emergency or disaster that affects lives and property in Baltimore County. As such, it defines the roles and responsibilities of Baltimore County Government, private and volunteer organizations, State and Federal agencies within the county.
     

  • Baltimore County Warming Centers
    During the months of November through March, Baltimore County has several “warming centers” available where you can get relief from the cold. Baltimore County Senior Centers are open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM for relief from the heat. Baltimore County Public Library branches are also open during normal business hours.

    Temporary, overnight shelters are also available seven days a week from mid-November through mid-April when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower. Call 410-853-3000 Option 2 for more details about the overnight shelters.
     

  • Baltimore County Severe Weather and Closing Information
    Gives status of all County services during major storms and inclement weather closings. Gives status of snow emergency plans and other updates as well as helpful cold weather health and safety precautions.
     

  • Baltimore County Winter Storm Operations - Snow Fighter Updates
    Keep informed about when and how the roads will be salted and plowed in your driving area.
     

  • Emergency Preparedness Current News and Preparedness Information
    From Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. View recent emergency messages and weather alerts. Sign up to receive emergency updates and other information from Baltimore County on the social networking tool, Twitter. Visit http://twitter.com/BACOemergency to sign up. Learn the most important steps to take when building a supply kit and a family plan.
     

        

Elections, Voters and Voting Districts

 

How To Register To Vote

 

 

Casting Your Vote In Maryland
 

 

Find Your Voting Location
 

 

About the Voting System in Maryland
 

 

Election Information For Baltimore County Residents
 

  • Baltimore County Board of Elections
    Official website for Baltimore County voter registration, voting, future election schedules, information for candidates, election results and other election-related information.
     

 

Who Is My Government Representative?
 

 

Election District Number
 

 

Election District Maps
 

 

 

Election Results
 

 

Maryland State Board of Elections
 

 

 

Census and Government Statistics

Annual ACS estimates are available for all geographies, e.g., U.S., states, counties, metro areas and municipalities, with a population of 65,000 or more. The Census Bureau's ongoing, nationwide, monthly survey of approximately three-million households each year is now the source for all socioeconomic data that was formerly obtained from the decennial census. ACS data is available for three types of releases depending on population size: annually, for three-year periods and five-year periods.
 

  • Annual ACS estimates are available for all geographies, e.g., U.S., states, counties, metro areas and municipalities, with a population of 65,000 or more.
     

  • Three-year period ACS estimates are available for all geographies, e.g. U.S., states, counties, Census Designated Places (CDP) with a population of 20,000 or more.
     

  • Five-year period ACS estimates are available for all geographies down to census tracts and block groups.
     

  • American FactFinder
    By U.S. Census Bureau. A web based tool to United States, state, county, city, tract and block level figures from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, the latest Economic Census, and the American Community Survey which estimates the changes annually.
     

  • Baltimore County Brief Economic Facts
    By Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Interested businesses and anyone who wants to get an idea of what Baltimore County can offer will want to look at these current numbers and other information, such as available transportation, weekly and hourly wage rates, climate, major employers, recreation available and business land cost per acre and rental rates per square foot.
     

  • Baltimore County Council's Redistricting Process
    Redistricting is done after each decennial census. The Baltimore County Charter requires redistricting of all Council districts after each decennial census so that the districts will be substantially equal in population.
     

  • Baltimore County, Maryland Quick Facts
    By U.S. Census Bureau. Quick numbers about our County, including state and county population estimates, building permits, business statistics among other data.
     

  • Baltimore County Population and Social-Economic Figures
    By Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning
    How has our County changed since 1970 and what do the experts think will be our future population, number of households, and labor force:
     

    • Historical Census for Maryland and its counties: Total population 1790 to 2000; Population by age and sex, 1970 to 2000; General Demographic Profile from 1980, 1990, 2000.
       

    • Projections to 2040 for total and household population, households and household size, labor force, jobs by place of work, total and per capita personal income.
       

  • Baltimore County Population and Business Statistics
    From Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development. Find statistics on population, housing, income, businesses, and Baltimore County Police Department's crime and traffic death figures.
     

  • Economic and Workforce Development Demographics
    By Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development. More housing, population, income and other business and demographic data.
     

  • Census 2010 Data for Maryland and Its Jurisdictions
    By Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning. Includes total population and total minority population, totals by race and Hispanic origin, total population age 18 and over, total occupied and vacant housing units for Maryland and for all counties. Single and multi race totals for Maryland counties are also available.
     

  • Census 2010 Demographic Profiles of Population and Housing Characteristics for Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Other Counties
    By Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning. Provides details about race and Hispanic groups, age, sex, households by type and housing occupancy for Maryland and all counties down to census tract level.
     

  • Census Tract Locator - U.S. Census Bureau's American FactFinder
    Enter a street address in the Address Search area on the right and find out the census tract number for that address. Census tracts are usually the smallest geographical area you need for finding statistics about your neighborhood.
     

  • County and Zip Code Business Patterns for Baltimore County
    By U.S. Census Bureau. Select a state and then county or enter a zip code. Find number of businesses in a specific industry, yearly payroll, and employment figures.
     

  • Historical Census of Population and Housing
    By U.S. Census Bureau. Data present here ranges from the historical decennial census conducted starting in 1790 to our most recent census. Reported in PDF or ZIP format.
     

    • Historical Statistics of the United States provides data from the Statistical Abstracts from 1878 to 2011-2012, the Bicentennial Edition of the Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Reported in PDF or ZIP format.
       

  • Maryland State Data Center
    A major source of statistics for Maryland and all its counties and an official partner with the U.S. Census Bureau, the State Data Center of the Maryland Department of Planning monitors development trends, analyzes social, economic and other characteristics and prepares population, housing, employment, labor force, and income projections, which serve as the baseline for planning for growth and development in the State.
     

  • Maryland Statistical Handbook 2012
    A compilation of current county level statistics on population change, density, international and domestic migration, births, deaths, crime, median household income, full and part-time jobs, average wage, school enrollment trends, housing units authorized for construction, median residential sales price, federal government expenditures, retail sales and number and acres in farms. All Counties and Baltimore City are covered. Published by the Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning.
     

 


Revised: December 7, 2016