IMPORTANT NOTICE: To better implement guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 recommended by the Montgomery County Health Officer, there will be no public access to OZAH from March 16, 2020, to March 27, 2020.  OZAH will continue its functions, but will modify its operations during this time as follows:

  1. OZAH will accept e-mail filings provided that a paper copy is mailed by U.S. mail and postmarked on the date of the e-mail submission.
  2. OZAH Staff will be updating exhibit lists in current cases and posting them online as soon as possible.
  3. Signs for posting may be picked up by appointment.
  4. Requests to see particular documents in the official case record will, to the extent possible, be forwarded by e-mail.  If Staff cannot accommodate these requests, individuals may make an appointment with OZAH Staff to see these records.
  5. All appointments should be coordinated through OZAH's administrative assistant, Sara Behanna (sara.behanna@montgomerycountmd.gov)
  6. Public Hearings:  Public hearings may be continued if OZAH cannot ensure that recommended guidelines for social distancing and disinfecting the Hearing Room can be implemented.  Parties will be notified by e-mail in advance of the public hearing whether the hearing will be postponed. The general public and parties should check OZAH's website in advance of the public hearing to see whether the hearing will be continued.

Further information on Montgomery County Government's COVID-19 response may be found on the County's website at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/hhs/rightnav/coronavirus.html


**Effective Monday, September 16, 2019, the Office of Zoning and Administrative offices will be temporarily relocated to 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, Maryland (next to Meadow Hall Elementary School). All OZAH hearings will be held in a temporary hearing room at the new Twinbrook location. OZAH’s telephone number and mailing address will remain the same. Deliveries and in person submissions should be sent to the new address. Thank you for your patience.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

To ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders, there will be no public access to OZAH from March 16, 2020, until the stay-at home order is lifted.  OZAH will continue its functions, but will modify its operations during this time as follows:
 
  1. OZAH will accept e-mail filings provided that a paper copy is mailed by U.S. mail and postmarked on the date of the e-mail submission.
  2. Signs for posting may be picked up by appointment only.  Appointments must be coordinated through Sara Behanna at (240) 777-6660
  3. Requests to see particular documents in the official case record will be forwarded by e-mail when available.  Applications may be viewed on the Planning Department website at https://montgomeryplanning.org/resources/daic/.  Amendments and updates to the record may be viewed on OZAH’s website under “Record Updates” on the left panel.
  4. Public Hearings:  Public hearings may be continued if OZAH cannot the safety of those attending or compliance with Governor Hogan’s Orders.  Hearings may be held remotely with public participation.   The general public and parties should check OZAH’s website in advance of the public hearing to see whether the hearing will be continued or be held remotely.
 
Further information on Montgomery County Government's COVID-19 response may be found on the County's website at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/hhs/rightnav/coronavirus.html
 

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 dwelling unit objection and waiver cases arising out of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. OZAH also presides over matters referred for hearing by the Human Rights Commission, the Commission on Common Ownership Communities, the County's Merit System Protection Board, the Office of Consumer Protection, and the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer in appeals arising under the County's Prevailing Wage Law. 

 

Accessory Dwelling Units - New Regulations Effective December 31, 2019

Montgomery County has created a new process for obtaining waivers from on-site parking requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units.  It is designed to streamline the licensing process, making it easier for owners to pursue this option and increase the supply of affordable housing in the County.

Class 3 accessory dwelling unit licenses are issued by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), Licensing and Registration. If DHCA turns downs a license application because of a failure to meet on-site parking requirements you may file this Waiver Form seeking a waiver from OZAH.

Visit the Department of Housing and Community Affairs page for more information on the process of applying for an accessory dwelling unit 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.