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 scheduled through April 3, 2020, are postponed and will be rescheduled.  Future hearings and Worksessions will be held remotely using Microsoft Teams.  Instructions for remote participation will be posted on our website as soon as they are available.  Please contact us at or 240-777-6600 if you have any questions.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

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