Welcome to the Carroll County Zoning Administration Home Page, your portal to information about
zoning topics and the Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances as it pertains to zoning.
This web site will link you directly to the zoning ordinance, and many pages with specially categorized
information to help you get the answers you are looking for quickly.
Section 158 of the Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances is the basis for all
information about County Zoning regulation. This portion of the County Code is available on-line
in a user friendly format at
for your own perusal. The second key element of County zoning is the maps which are maintained in Zoning
Administration in room 111 of the County Office Building. Many of the most frequently asked questions
the public has about zoning are addressed on this web site; however, we encourage your questions by
telephone or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the staff of Zoning Administration to be of help to you, or for you to find some of your own
answers pertaining to zoning on a piece of property, there are three essential numbers that you
should have to begin your fact finding mission: Tax Map #, Block # and Parcel #. This information
is listed on your annual property tax bill and is also available at the State Department of
Assessments web site at
All you have to do is click on "Carroll County" & "Street Address" to then enter the street number
and name [DO NOT enter more than the road name with a suffix such as Ave., Rd., Ct. etc.) You'll soon
find that not only can you quickly access property data and assessments on your own property but that
you can do the same on any property. It's all a matter of open government!
For current Zoning Issues or pending ordinance amendments check the County home page at
Zoning Administration has two distinct areas of operation, enforcement and the dissemination of
information. All Zoning Administration staff are involved in both tasks. The enforcement side of
OZA involves close cooperation with the Department of the County Attorney. The informational side
works closely with the Department of Planning and its associate Bureaus and with the Bureau of
Permits and Inspections. The Zoning Administrator is a cabinet level appointment; Jay Voight is
the current Zoning Administrator.
Zoning Administration is responsible for the daily interpretation of the zoning laws. It is our
intention to provide consistent interpretations and non-prejudicial decisions. While every
jurisdiction's zoning code attempts to be crystal clear on every conceivable application, the
reality is that we encounter new uses and questions never thought imaginable daily in Zoning
Zoning Administration recognizes that may citizens making inquiries of this office may be basing
decisions which commit tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on our response. We owe
it to our customers to provide accurate information. While Zoning Administration tries to be quickly
responsive to questions asked by the public and businesses, please bear in mind that an immediate
response may not be wise or possible in all circumstances. Some questions require property research
and in our on-going effort to be consistent in application of the laws we may have to refer to
similar cases from years past. In Zoning, even the simplest of questions sometimes require a lengthy
response to be accurate and complete.
The Staff of the Office of Zoning Administration are: