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County Government Overview


Baltimore County, Maryland Government Homepage
The homepage of the Baltimore County government


County Agencies
Alphabetical listing of county agencies, with contact information and links to the individual agency's page within the government website. Includes brief description of each agency's function and services offered.


Map of Towson, the County seat, and Baltimore County Government facilities


Planning and Zoning


Baltimore County Department of Planning
Conducts research and formulates policies, plans and regulations to guide future growth in Baltimore County and to preserve and enhance existing communities. Prepares the 10-year County Master Plan and local community plans, administers the comprehensive zoning map process, and reviews development plans. Other major duties of the office are related to its role as staff to the Planning Board, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Design Review Panel.


Neighborhood Response Team
Organized into four geographic sectors. The NRT serves as the primary contact for planning related matters and for information about issues in their area.


Planning Department Reports, Maps and Statistics
Provides research reports on growth trends in the County and Quarterly Subdivision Reports tracking and summarizing approved plans and building permits for residential and non-residential development.


Baltimore County Planning Board 
Meeting schedule, agenda and minutes updated regularly. Has advisory role in recommending, reviewing, and approving planning proposals, including the County Master Plan, Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, amendments to zoning and related regulations, area and special plans and other Master Plan amendments, planned unit developments (PUD), and developments that conflict with the Master Plan or that involve historic landmarks.


Baltimore County Zoning Regulations (Opens in new window) Updated regularly
Gives specifics on how the County zoning law is to be implemented. The regulations can be very detailed. To stay up-to-date, be sure to review the County Council's recently enacted legislation that may impact Baltimore County zoning law.


Comprehensive Zoning Map Process  (CZMP)
A 4-year process that allows every parcel of land in the county to be reviewed for possible rezoning. Baltimore County documentation of zoning changes and the official zoning maps are only available online.


During the process, logs of CZMP issues organized by Council District are available online. They contain information on the location of the issue as well as existing zoning, requested zoning, who filed the issue and the recommendations of the planning staff, planning board and the County Council decisions.


My Neighborhood: Zoning (Opens in new window)  Updated regularly
Interactive zoning map that allows users to search for properties and view the current zoning and a description of the intent of the zone and the uses permitted by right and special exception. View aerial photography, obtain owner information and real property assessment data and more.


Zoning Review Bureau and Office of Administrative Hearings
Processes all Zoning Petitions and Forms, i.e., special exceptions, special hearings and variances, as well as undersized lot applications. Schedules the hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings, Public Hearings, and more. Download or print the Administrative Law Judge decisions as well.


Courts, Lawyers and Codes


Baltimore County Court System
Find out about both Circuit and District Courts, the State's Attorney's Office and the Orphans and Small Claims Court. Review what you need to know about Jury Duty. Review the Circuit Court's daily docket


County Codes, Laws and Regulations
Find the Baltimore County Code, Baltimore County Zoning Regulations, and other codes that impact building in your neighborhood.


Find Info: Law - Baltimore County Public Library
Find local, state, and national codes, laws, and regulations and more facts about our courts.


Lawyers and Legal Services
Use these links to find a lawyer, legal services for seniors, contact the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, the County Bar Association.

County Executive


County Executive
The chief elected officer in Baltimore County government who administers the county government's daily operations.


Office of Community Outreach
Special Assistants to the County Executive are each assigned to a specific area of Baltimore County to provide a direct connection between communities and the County Executive and to work directly with the County Executive on unique projects and policy issues that directly effect each community. Find out who represents your community.


Office of Constituent Services
Constituent Services works with the people of Baltimore County to solve specific problems or concerns they are facing. For example, when an individual needs help getting a pot hole fixed, is trying to find out more about traffic calming, or is concerned about a nuisance property in the area, each of the three staff members in the Office of Constituent Services are ready to assist.


Public Schedule of the County Executive (Opens in new window)


County Council


County Council Overview
Each Council member has a page contains a brief biography, photo, Towson and district office addresses, phone, fax, e-mail, office hours, and other information. Includes a map showing the council district represented.


County Council meeting dates, agenda, minutes.


County Council adopted legislation and pending bills being considered.


Who is your Council Representative? (opens in new window) and in what district do I live (opens in new window)? Enter your address and find out.


Community Development and Conservation


Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Information source on ground water, watersheds, wells and septic systems, local forests and wetlands, stream banks, and other environmental programs. Administers and enforces environmental laws, regulations, programs, and activities designed to conserve and enhance the natural resources of the county and to preserve and protect the environmental health of its citizens.


Baltimore County Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections
Oversees the use and development of the land; reviews new development plans and necessary public improvements each project requires; issues all building permits and enforces the rules and regulations of Baltimore County for development, building, electrical, plumbing, livability and zoning codes


Baltimore County Department of Planning
Working closely with citizens, elected officials and other government agencies to formulate policies, plans and regulations to guide future growth and to preserve and enhance existing communities. Coordinates programs, policies, and capital improvements projects


Development Management Division
of Baltimore County Permits, Approvals and Inspections
Reviews new development plans to make sure they comply with land use regulations and fit in with existing communities and infrastructure. Reviews proposed residential subdivisions and commercial development. Public meetings and hearings related to land development proposals.


Baltimore County Department of Public Works
For matters dealing with trash collection, water and sewer, traffic and roads


Baltimore County Historical Trust
Non-profit participates in historic preservation research and document the historic significance of buildings, sites and neighborhoods


Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission
Conducts public hearings and approves building changes for any historic structures on the Preliminary or Final Landmarks Lists and for all development within County Historic Districts


Maryland Historical Trust
A state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past through research and conservation. Administers several programs that assist historic preservation-related activities, including bricks and mortar activities such as acquisition and rehabilitation of historic properties; documenting the history of specific historic sites (opens in new window), archeological investigations, and more. Financial assistance is given through tax credits, grants or loans


Emergency Preparedness


Baltimore County Cooling Centers
During the months of May-September, Baltimore County Senior Centers are open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM for relief from the heat. When a heat emergency has been declared by Baltimore County, specific Senior Centers below will open as “cooling centers” with extended hours until 8 PM. Baltimore County Public Library branches are also open during normal business hours.


Baltimore County Emergency Operations Plan
The County has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that it implements in times of crisis, including natural disasters and severe weather emergencies. The EOP is the basis for a coordinated response to any type of emergency or disaster that affects lives and property in Baltimore County. As such, it defines the roles and responsibilities of Baltimore County Government, private and volunteer organizations, State and Federal agencies within the county.


Baltimore County Warming Centers
During the months of November through March, Baltimore County has several “warming centers” available where you can get relief from the cold. Baltimore County Senior Centers are open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM for relief from the heat. Baltimore County Public Library branches are also open during normal business hours.


Temporary, overnight shelters are also available seven days a week from mid-November through mid-April when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower. Call 410-853-3000 Option 2 for more details about the overnight shelters.


Baltimore County Severe Weather and Closing Information
Gives status of all County services during major storms and inclement weather closings. Gives status of snow emergency plans and other updates as well as helpful cold weather health and safety precautions.


Baltimore County Winter Storm Operations - Snow Fighter Updates
Keep informed about when and how the roads will be salted and plowed in your driving area.


Emergency Preparedness Current News and Preparedness Information
from Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
View recent emergency messages and weather alerts. Sign up to receive emergency updates and other information from Baltimore County on the social networking tool, Twitter. Visit to sign up. Learn the most important steps to take when building a supply kit and a family plan.    



Elections, Voters and Voting Districts


How To Register To Vote


Are You Already Registered? Search for your information in the state’s online Voter Lookup service (opens in a new window)


Voter Registration Application Forms


Register online using Maryland's Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) (opens in a new window)


Download a Voter Registration Application Form in English or en español. Forms can be mailed to the Maryland State Board of Elections or to your county's Board of Elections. They cannot be faxed or emailed.


Pick-up a paper Voter Registration Application Forms at any Baltimore County Public Library branch, local post offices, Motor Vehicle Administration offices, Baltimore County municipal offices, all public assistance offices, and all offices providing state-funded programs


Contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections


Additional Baltimore County Board of Elections registration information and Maryland voter registration information on eligibility information, the registration process in Maryland, how to change or update your registration and more


Registration for Maryland Voters Living Overseas and Military Personnel



Casting Your Vote In Maryland


Absentee Ballot Request and Voting Information
Instructions and application form to request an absentee ballot in English and en español. Baltimore County Public Library branches do not have absentee ballot application forms. Absentee Voting for Military and Citizens Living Outside the U.S.


Access for Voters With Disabilities


Are You Eligible to Vote? (opens in new window)
Search for your registration information in the state’s online Voter Look service


Early Voting
Vote in person at a Baltimore County early voting centers before Election Day


Find Your Voting Location


You can find out where to vote using the Polling Place Locator for Baltimore County residents. (opens in new window)


If you moved and have not updated your voter registration information, follow the instructions on the Voter Registration website.


Voting System in Maryland
Voters use a touchscreen voting system. For more information on using Maryland's voting system, download the voting instruction flyer in English or en español


Election Information For Baltimore County Residents


Baltimore County Board of Elections
Official website for Baltimore County voter registration, voting, future election schedules, information for candidates, election results and other election-related information


Who Is My Government Representative?


Baltimore County residents: enter your address to find who represents you in Federal, State and Local government (opens in new window) and their contact information.


For other Maryland residents, see Who Are Your Elected Officials (opens in new window)


Election District Number:


Find your Baltimore County Election District (opens in new window) by entering your street address. For other Maryland locations, use the state’s Polling Place Lookup search service (opens in new window)


Election District Maps:


Maryland Congressional and Legislative Maps (opens in new window)


Baltimore County Council District Maps (opens in new window). New County Council district maps go into effect for 2014 election of Council members


Election Results:


Baltimore County Primary and General Baltimore County Elections from 2002 – present


Maryland Election Results from 1983 – present


Maryland State Board of Elections

Official website for voter registration, voting, statewide statistics and other election-related data


Census and Government Statistics


American Community Survey (ACS): Get Current Data About Baltimore County (Opens in new window)

The Census Bureau's ongoing, nationwide, monthly survey of approximately three-million households each year is now the source for all socioeconomic data that was formerly obtained from the decennial census. ACS data is available for three types of releases depending on population size: annually, for three-year periods and five-year periods.


Annual ACS estimates are available for all geographies, e.g., U.S., states, counties, metro areas and municipalities, with a population of 65,000 or more.


Three-year period ACS estimates are available for all geographies, e.g. U.S., states, counties, Census Designated Places (CDP) with a population of 20,000 or more.


Five-year period ACS estimates are available for all geographies down to census tracts and block groups.


American FactFinder by U.S. Census Bureau (Opens in new window)
A web based tool to United States, state, county, city, tract and block level figures from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, the latest Economic Census, and the American Community Survey which estimates the changes annually.


Baltimore County Brief Economic Facts by Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (Opens in new window)
Interested businesses and anyone who wants to get an idea of what Baltimore County can offer will want to look at these current numbers and other information, such as available transportation, weekly and hourly wage rates, climate, major employers, recreation available and business land cost per acre and rental rates per square foot.


Baltimore County Council's Redistricting Process
Redistricting is done after each decennial census. The Baltimore County Charter requires redistricting of all Council districts after each decennial census so that the districts will be substantially equal in population.


Baltimore County, Maryland Quick Facts by U.S. Census Bureau
Quick numbers about our County, including state and county population estimates, building permits, business statistics among other data.


Baltimore County Population and Social-Economic Figures by Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning
How has our County changed since 1970 and what do the experts think will be our future population, number of households, and labor force.


Historical Census for Maryland and its counties: Total population 1790 to 2000; Population by age and sex, 1970 to 2000; General Demographic Profile from 1980, 1990, 2000


Projections to 2040 for total and household population, households and household size, labor force, jobs by place of work, total and per capita personal income


Baltimore County Population and Business Statistics from Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Find statistics on population, housing, income, businesses, and Baltimore County Police Department's crime and traffic death figures.


More Population, Income, Employment and Housing Statistics collected for Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development by Baltimore County Public Library.


Use BCinfobank to find housing, population, income, employment, and other demographic information as well as quality information about our county.


Economic and Workforce Development Demographics by Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
More housing, population, income and other business and demographic data.


Census 2010 Data for Maryland and Its Jurisdictions by Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning (Opens in new window)
Includes total population and total minority population, totals by race and Hispanic origin, total population age 18 and over, total occupied and vacant housing units for Maryland and for all counties. Single and multi race totals for Maryland counties are also available.


Census 2010 Demographic Profiles of Population and Housing Characteristics for Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Other Counties by Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning (Opens in new window)
Provides details about race and Hispanic groups, age, sex, households by type and housing occupancy for Maryland and all counties down to census tract level   


Census Tract Locator - U.S. Census Bureau's American FactFinder (Opens in new window)
Enter a street address in the Address Search area on the right and find out the census tract number for that address. Census tracts are usually the smallest geographical area you need for finding statistics about your neighborhood.


2010 Baltimore County Census Tract map (Opens in new window)


County and Zip Code Business Patterns for Baltimore County by U.S. Census Bureau (Opens in new window)
Select a state and then county or enter a zip code. Find number of businesses in a specific industry, yearly payroll, and employment figures.


Historical Census of Population and Housing by U.S. Census Bureau
Data present here ranges from the historical decennial census conducted starting in 1790 to our most recent census. Reported in PDF or ZIP format.


Historical Statistics of the United States provides data from the Statistical Abstracts from 1878 to 2011-2012, the Bicentennial Edition of the Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Reported in PDF or ZIP format.


Maryland State Data Center
A major source of statistics for Maryland and all its counties and an official partner with the U.S. Census Bureau, the State Data Center of the Maryland Department of Planning monitors development trends, analyzes social, economic and other characteristics and prepares population, housing, employment, labor force, and income projections, which serve as the baseline for planning for growth and development in the State.


Maryland Statistical Handbook 2012 (Opens in new window)
A compilation of current county level statistics on population change, density, international and domestic migration, births, deaths, crime, median household income, full and part-time jobs, average wage, school enrollment trends, housing units authorized for construction, median residential sales price, federal government expenditures, retail sales and number and acres in farms. All Counties and Baltimore City are covered. Published by the Maryland State Data Center, Maryland Department of Planning.



Revised: November 30, 2015