COVID-19:  The Board’s offices are currently closed to the public, but staff are working. Please see notice for remote filing instructions.Hearings and Worksessions are being held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Instructions for remote participation can be found on the Board’s website under the “Agendas and Minutes” heading at the “ MS Teams Access, Exhibits and Other Materials” link.  Note: All supporting materials for scheduled hearing and Worksession items must be sent to the mailbox no later than noon on the Wednesday before the scheduled proceeding date to ensure inclusion. Please contact us at or 240-777-6600 if you have any questions. 

BOARD LOCATION: Effective Monday, September 16, 2019, the Board of Appeals’ offices were temporarily relocated to 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20851. The Board’s mailing address (U.S. Mail only) remains 100 Maryland Avenue, Suite 217, Rockville, MD 20850.  Signs needed for pending variance cases can be picked up by appointment at our Twinbrook location. Anyone wishing to return a sign should wait to do so until our offices have re-opened to the public. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Mission Statement

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.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Board

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.

Links to Applicable Codes:


2020 Opinions

Opinion Date Petitioner/s Case No.
1/09/20 Alexis Feringa and Richard B. Johnson A-6643
1/16/20 Jennifer Scupi and Adam Witwer A-6629
1/16/20 Amy Ross and Robert Wilkoff A-6585
1/23/20 Johannes, Kerstin, And Elena Staguhn et al. A-6624
1/30/20 FM Group Inc., d/b/a Francisco Landscaping CU 19-04 & A-6575
2/3/20 Elizabeth Burton, et al A-6642
2/06/20 Benjamin and Monica Bond-Lamberty A-6645
2/21/20 Daniel Gubits A-6646
3/18/20 Leah Arthur A-6647
4/17/20 Adrian and Janet Hatherell A-6649
4/17/20 2930 University Blvd W, LLC A-6650
5/1/20 Belinda O'Berry A-6651
5/1/20 Georgetown Preparatory School, Inc. A-6652
5/8/20 Heather and Taryn Rosner A-6648
5/28/20 Judah and Marilyn Lifschitz A-6653
5/28/20 Valdis and Inara Lazdins A-6654
6/26/20 Nathanal and Sarah Salnick A-6655
7/8/20 Alem Moges A-6656
7/15/20 Xingzhu Liu A-6658
7/17/20 John W. Cokinos A-6657
7/29/20 Richard and Pavitra Bacon A-6659
7/29/20 Victoria W. Pierce A-6660
8/14/20 Congressional Maryland Homes, LLC A-6661
9/11/20 Simon Watson and Pamela Navarro-Watson A-6662
9/16/20 Peter Baker A-6666
9/30/20 Junaid Khan A-6664
9/30/20 Kenneth Warn A-6667
10/10/20 Peter Hirsch A-6668
10/30/20 Livingston Equity Group LLC A-6670