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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective Monday, September 16, 2019, the Board of Appeals’ offices will be temporarily relocated to 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20851 (next to Meadow Hall Elementary School). Beginning September 25, 2019, all Board hearings will be held at the new Twinbrook location, in a temporary hearing room. The Board’s telephone number and mailing address will remain unchanged; in-person submissions and deliveries should be sent to the new address. Thank you for your continuing patience and understanding as the improvements to the COB progress.

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
1/23/20 Johannes, Kerstin, And Elena Staguhn et al. A-6624
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