Transform Baltimore - New Zoning Code

On December 5, 2016, a new zoning code for the City of Baltimore was signed into law. This code will replace the 1971 Zoning Code. It is intended to simplify and streamline development review, provide an easy to understand set of rules, while creating a more modern code that fosters growth and development while maintaining neighborhood character.

The new code will be effective Monday June 5, 2017. All permits submitted prior to that date will be reviewed under current code, though the review and issuance may not all be completed until after June 5, 2017. Permits submitted on June 5, 2017 or later will be reviewed under the new code.

Click here for "Frequently Asked Questions" pertaining to how the City will roll out the new code and prepare for effective date. For any questions not addressed in the FAQs, please email

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