The Mission of the Board of Appeals is to assist the public in understanding, and to hear and decide, in a quasi-judicial setting, inquiries and applications that arise mainly under Chapter 59 of the Montgomery County Code, but also under various other Code Sections, for variances, administrative appeals of certain decisions of County agencies, and for oral argument on conditional use decisions or modification of special exceptions.
The Board of Appeals has authority to hear and decide cases involving certain land use issues, including modification of special exceptions filed or decided before October 30, 2014, and variances from the development standards or other requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. The Board also hears and decides Administrative Appeals from actions by the County government (as specified by the County Code). The Board applies the Zoning Ordinance Standards applicable to all such cases. The Board has County-wide jurisdiction, except for the municipal corporations of Brookeville, Poolesville, Laytonsville, Rockville, Barnesville, Gaithersburg and Washington Grove.