The Zoning Ordinance designates the size of lots and the placement of buildings on lots. First, confirm the zoning classification of your property with the Planning Information Services Section (email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-545-8976). You can also use PGAtlas.com to search your property to determine the zoning classification. Then, consult the Zoning Ordinance to determine certain minimum yard sizes (setbacks), height limitations, and various other requirements of the zoning classification.
For more information, please email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-545-8976.
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You can use PGAtlas to search your property and turn on the Zoning layer to determine the zoning classification.
As a resident, you can become a Person/Party of Record for a specific project, which provides you with notice of upcoming meetings, actions, and decisions rendered at certain stages of the zoning application process, and relevant appeals procedures.
As a community association, you can register your association to receive informational mailings on new development projects in your community, which provides your community an opportunity to participate early in the development review process.
You can view upcoming Planning Board meeting agendas and sign up to speak or submit comments.
You can follow the Planning Department on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date.
You can contact the resident planner assigned to your area of the county at the Community Planning Office or call 240-524-8413 to obtain information about ongoing planning projects and development activities.
The Zoning Ordinance designates the permitted uses and the requirements for development of a property. First, confirm the zoning classification with the Planning Information Services Section (email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-545-8976). You can also use PGAtlas.com to search your property to determine the zoning classification. Then, consult the permitted uses per the Zoning Ordinance Principal Use Tables. The Zoning Ordinance also establishes certain minimum yard sizes (setbacks), height limitations, maximum percentage of lot coverage, off-street parking, green area, landscaping, and various other requirements.
The Planning Department may or may not have a site plan or survey of a property in Prince George's County on file. The Planning Department only has site plans or surveys for a property if submitted to the department as part of a development proposal. The Planning Department is not responsible for having site plans of every property within the County.
To inquire if the Planning Department has a copy of a site plan for your property, please email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-545-8976.
Individual parcels of land may be subdivided if the new lots meet the requirements of the zone within which they are categorized. Each zone requires a certain minimum lot size, street frontage, and building line (yard/setback) requirement, as designated by the Zoning Ordinance. If these zoning requirements (along with those of the Subdivision Regulations) can be satisfied, new lots may be created through the subdivision process.
Under certain circumstances, subdivision plats may be approved for development served by private streets or the Department of Public Works and Transportation may authorize permit issuance for one-family detached dwellings, only, on lots served solely by private rights-of-way or easements. In all other instances, the County Executive must recommend and the County Council (by resolution) must approve authorization for the issuance of a building permit on a lot served only by a private right-of-way or easement.
For more information, please contact DPIE at 301-636-2000.
A 100-year floodplain is the area that has a one percent chance of being flooded in an amount equal to or greater than its average in any given year. The Environmental Planning Section has copies of Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] maps and some individual watershed studies that depict the approximate location of the 100-year floodplain. You can also use this map of the floodplain in Prince George’s County to determine if your property is in the floodplain.
The official source for floodplain information is the Prince George's County Department of the Environment (DoE), they can be reached at 301-883-5810.
You can use PGAtlas.com to search your property to determine if it is either a historic site or in a historic district. Be sure to turn on the “Historic” layer. You can also use this map of Historic Prince George’s to search historic sites and districts in Prince George's County.
You may also contact a staff member in the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Section at 301-952-3520.
The Planning Information Services Section provides mailing lists for storm water management plans. Complete an General Information Request Form and email to PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org.