The Zoning Code is Article 32 of the City Code.
Zoning regulations determine both the use of land and the layout of buildings developed on parcels of land. Applying zoning regulations is the first step in determining what is allowed to be built on a property.
Explore the Zoning Code
- The full text of the Zoning Code is available via this link.
- A summary of each Zoning District is available here.
- An interactive map is available for viewers to explore Baltimore City's zoning.
- The Cityview mapping tool allows you to identify zoning for a particular address, and read about the uses for the site.
- Type Zoning (current) into the box under "Find (what are you looking for)" header on the upper left column.
- Then, type the address into the box on the top of the map.
- Click on the red pin that pops up to access information about the address.
- Clicking the URL link in the box that pops up will give you access to the use table.
- The use table will outline what types of uses are permitted, conditional, ext for that particular address.
- Conditional uses may be approved by either the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals (BMZA) or the City Council (by ordinance) following a public hearing on the matter.
The image below walks you thru what it looks like to navigate cityview to access zoning information. The Department of Planning office is used as an example.
- A glossary of terms common to the Zoning Code is available via this link.
- Through Baltimore's Planning Academy, the Department of Planning developed a presentation to help residents understand and navigate the zoning code. A copy of the presentation is available via this link.
- In additional to hearing appeals of site regulations, the Baltimore City Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals (BMZA) hears appeals for conditional uses and non-conformities.
Updates to the Zoning Code
The current Code was adopted in December 2016 ,with an effective date of June 2017. During the adoption process, the Department of Planning proposed having a regular update process for the code moving forward. The goal is to make updates, discovered through application of the code or due to new circumstances not considered in 2016. In June of 2020, the Department of Planning began the most recent review of the Zoning Code.
Below is a summary of what was discussed most recently: