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Mission

The mission of the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings is to conduct due process hearings in land use and other administrative matters in a manner that protects the rights of the participants, provides a complete record in each case, results in a thorough and balanced report or decision and serves the public interest.

Duties and Responsibilities

The principal responsibility of the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings (OZAH) is to conduct due process administrative hearings on land use cases and other matters. These include applications for rezonings, development plan amendments and floating zone plan amendments; all conditional use applications (formerly known as special exceptions); and accessory apartment objection cases arising out of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. OZAH also presides over matters referred for hearing by the Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Common Ownership Communities. The office is responsible, as well, for conducting hearings in other cases referred by County agencies including, for example, hearings on appeals arising under the County’s Prevailing Wage Law.

Frequently Used Resources

NEW - Rules of Procedure for Zoning, Conditional Use and BOA Referral Cases, effective February 2, 2016

On February 2, 2016, the County Council adopted Resolution No. 18-391, approving new rules of procedure for zoning, conditional use and Board of Appeals referral cases before the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings.

Read the Rules of Procedure for Zoning, Conditional Use and BOA Referral Cases


Accessory Apartments - New Regulations Effective May 20, 2013

Montgomery County has created a new filing process for Accessory Apartments designed to streamline the licen sing process, making it easier for owners to pursue this option and increase the supply of affordable housing in the County.  


Class 3 accessory apartment licenses are now issued by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Licensing and Registration. This new license type is for accessory apartments that do not have a special exception approved before May 20, 2013.

Please click  here to go to the Department of Housing and Community Affairs page for more information on the process of applying for an accessory apartment license. 


Weather Policy

When Montgomery County Schools are closed due to the weather, OZAH hearings will not be held. When Montgomery County Schools announce a late opening, OZAH hearings will be correspondingly delayed.

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