What we do 

The Zoning, Well & Septic and Code Compliance Division protects the quality of life, public health, safety and welfare, of Montgomery County’s one million residents.  This is accomplished through the effective application and enforcement of the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance development standards; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission certified site plan requirements; well and septic system reviews and approvals; and emergency vehicle access. Division Staff perform zoning reviews of plan applications prior to permit issuance which includes coordinating with the Sign Review Board governing the placement of signs on commercial buildings and the Telecommunication Tower Committee regulating the placement of communication towers throughout the county.
Well & Septic staff is responsible for protecting the quality of groundwater by ensuring any well or septic system installed in Montgomery County meets current standards. Well & Septic staff perform reviews and analyses of subdivision plans, soils testing, water well and on-site sewage disposal plans for compliance with applicable practices and County and State codes prior to issuance.
Zoning Code Compliance Staff investigate and respond to constituent complaints to ensure property owners maintain compliance with the zoning standards established by Chapter 59 of the Montgomery County Code. This program regulates the size, shape, height, and mass of a building; the uses that are allowed on the property; and signage.   Additionally, they regulate Chapter 47 of the Montgomery County Code governing Vendor Licensing and Operations.  Lastly, they perform annual inspections of over 800 Conditional Use and Special Exception Properties ensuring that the terms and conditions issued by the Montgomery County Board of Appeals and Office of Administrative Hearings are adhered too.