All fees are due at the time of submission.  Fees are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of a case.  Every application must be accompanied by the appropriate plans, rendering, statements and other documents.  Please check each application for the number of prints that shall be submitted. If the applicant is not the owner for the property in question, a letter from the property owner acknowledging and consenting to the actions proposed MUST be provided with the application.

 

All pending cases are required to have a zoning public hearing notice sign (i.e. a Zoning Sign) posted onsite visible from a public right-of-way at least two (2) weeks prior to a case’s scheduled public hearing.  This sign is provided by staff but must be posted by the applicant.

If you are seeking a permit for a Parade/Public Assembly, those permits are issued by the City Administrator's Office.  Please click here to access that page for information on obtaining the permit.


Site and Landscape Plans

Review and approval of concept, preliminary, and final site and landscape plans for zoning compliance as well as amendments to previously approved and existing site plans.

Approved by: Planning Commission
Fees Schedule:

RESIDENTIAL:

Concept Plan: $530
Preliminary Plan: $1,030
Final Plan: $1,080 + $10 per dwelling unit

NON-RESIDENTIAL:

Concept Plan: $530
Preliminary Plan: $1,030
Final Plan: $1,080 + $30 per 1,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area

MIXED-USE AND OTHERS (Except M-X-T Zone):

Concept Plan: $530
Preliminary Plan: $1,030
Final Plan: $1,080 + $30 per 1,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area

AMENDED SITE PLANS:

Residential: $530
Non-Residential: $1,030
Mixed-Use, M-X-T Zone & all others:$1,530

**all fees include $30 zoning sign fee**

 


 Subdivision Approval

Review and approval of divisions of a parcel into two or more lots or parcels for the purpose of transfer of ownership including platting for new right-of-ways.

Approved by: Planning Commission
Fee Schedule:

RESIDENTIAL:

Concept Plan: $530
Preliminary Plan: $1,530 + $20 per lot
Record Plat: $530 + $10 per lot (see Record Plat below for application)

NON-RESIDENTIAL:

Concept Plan: $530
Preliminary Plan: $2,030 + $50 per lot
Record Plat: $780 + $40 per lot (see Record Plat below for application)

MIXED-USE AND OTHERS:

Concept Plan: $530
Preliminary Plan: $2,030 + $50 per lot
Final Plan: $780 + $40 per lot (see Record Plat below for application)

PRELIMINARY PLAN REVISIONS: $500
(includes changes in number of lots, road network, or lot lines)

**all fees include $30 zoning sign fee**


Variance

Modification of zoning regulations governing yard setbacks, lot coverage, bulk, density, landscaping and green space requirements. Variances are granted based on a demonstrated hardship relating to the circumstances of a specific property. The full criteria used to determine the existence of a legitimate hardship can be found in Sec. 20-5.2 of the Unified Land Development Code. Variance requests must be presented before the Planning Commission for recommendation prior to presentation to the Board of Appeals.

Approved by: Board of Appeals (after recommendation from the Planning Commission)
Fee Schedule:

RESIDENTIAL, SINGLE-FAMILY: $500
RESIDENTIAL, MULTI-FAMILY: $700
NON-RESIDENTIAL: $1,600
FLOODPLAIN: $2,100

**all fees include $30 zoning sign fee and $70 legal ad fee**

 


M-X-T Zone Site Plans

Review and approval of concept and detailed site plans for zoning compliance as well as amendments to previously approved and existing site plans.  Submittal requirements are contained in Sec. 20-12.5. of the Land Development Code.

Approved by: Mayor and City Council for Conept Plans (Planning Commission makes recommendation) and Planning Commission for Final/Detailed Plans

Fees Schedule:

Concept Plan: $6,530 (Includes $30 zoning sign, $250 Ad Deposit and $250 Steno Transcript Deposit)
Detailed Plan: $6,280 (Includes $30 zoning sign and $250 Ad Deposit)


Revitalization Overlay Area Plans

Review and approval of concept and final approval of revitalization overlay area plan for zoning compliance as well as amendments to previously approved and existing area plans. Development standards are contained in Sec. 20-13.3. and submittal requirements are contained in Sec. 20-13.4 of the Land Development Code.

Approved by: Mayor and City Council for Concept Plans (Planning Commission makes recommendation) and Planning Commission for Final/Detailed Plans

Fees Schedule:

Concept Plan: $6,000
Final Plan: $6,000
Amended Plan: $3,000

**All applications require additional fees for zoning sign - $30, legal advertisement $250, and steno transcript $250.**

 


Neo-Traditional Overlay Plans

Review and approval of concept and final approval for zoning compliance as well as amendments to previously approved and existing area plans. Development standards and submittal requirements are contained in Sec. 20-6.12 of the Land Development Code.

Approved by: Mayor and City Council for Concept Plans (Planning Commission makes recommendation) and Planning Commission for Final/Detailed Plans

Fees Schedule:

Concept Plan: $6,000
Final Plan: $6,000
Amended Plan: $3,000

**All applications require additional fees for zoning sign - $30, legal advertisement $250, and steno transcript $250.**


Special Exception

Uses which are permitted under specific circumstances and contingent on analysis and review from staff and the Planning Commission. Some uses, while limited to certain zoning districts, are only permitted by special exception throughout the City. Examples include houses of worship, automobile uses, liquor stores, carryout and fast food restaurants, rental halls, and telecommunications facilities. The criteria by which special exceptions are judged are located in Sec. 20-21.1 and Sec. 20-22 of the Land Development Code.

Approved by: Board of Appeals (after recommendation from the Planning Commission)
Fee Schedule: Fees vary depending on the specific use, but generally range from $600 to $5,400.


Sign Modification

Sign modification, also called a ‘sign waiver’, allows deviation from the strict application of Article VII of the Land Development Code, which governs signage. Applicant must demonstrate a hardship. Criteria for determining a hardship are located in Sec. 20-17-7 (g) of the Land Development Code.

Approved by: Planning Commission
Fee Schedule:Cut

Residential: $330
Commercial: $630

**all fees include $30 zoning sign fee**

 


Parking Modification or Parking Waiver

A Parking Modification allows deviation from the strict application of Sec. 20-16.6 of the Land Development Code which determines off-street parking requirements. Applicant must demonstrate hardship based on site conditions.

A Parking Waiver allows deviation from the strict application of Sec. 20-16.6 of the Land Development Code in established parking modification zones without demonstrating a hardship based on site conditions. Established parking modification zones are located along Main Street and the immediate vicinity of the Laurel MARC Station. Click here for a map of existing parking modification zones.

Approved by: Planning Commission
Fee Schedule:

Residential: $180
Commercial: $530

**all fees include $30 zoning sign fee**

 


Forest Stand Delineation

Required for any subdivision, site, grading or development plan for tracts of forty thousand (40,000) square feet or more. Must be submitted during the initial stages of a development application, prior to or in conjunction with submission a Forest Conversation Plan.  The full City requirements are detailed in Chapter 20, Article 5: Forest Conservation of the Unified Land Development Code.

Approved by: Departmental Staff
Fee Schedule: $350 ($50 for approval of exemption)

 


Forest Conservation Plan

Required for any subdivision, site, grading or development plan for tracts of forty thousand (40,000) square feet or more. Must be preceded by a Forest Stand Delineation. The full City requirements are detailed in Chapter 20, Article 5: Forest Conservation of the Unified Land Development Code.

Approved by: Planning Commission
Fee Schedule:

Preliminary: $850 + $10 per acre
Final: $450 + $1 per acre
Modification Request: $250


Record Plat

Alterations to existing record plats not involving division into separate transferable lots (see “Subdivision Approval”). Includes consolidation of multiple parcels and changes in property lines. Approved plats must be filed in the Prince George’s County Land Records.

Approved by: Planning Commission
Fee Schedule: $530

**includes $30 zoning sign fee**

 


Certification of Nonconforming Use

Legally establishes zoning compliance for currently existing buildings and/or uses that were previously legal but no longer conform to the Land Development Code.


 

Zoning Map Amendment

Also known as a ‘map amendment’ or ‘rezoning’. Requests to change the zoning category for a specific property to a zoning category more harmonious with the existing onsite use, neighboring properties, and the Comprehensive Master Plan. Application fees are assessed according to the proposed new zoning category, not the existing.

Approved by: Mayor and City Council (after recommendation from Planning Commission)
Fee Schedule:

RESIDENTIAL (R-OS, R-5, R-55, R-20, R-30, R-18, R-10, R-MD, R-T)
10 or less acres: $2,230
More than 10 to 50 acres: $3,330
More than 50 acres: $3,330 + $100 per acre

COMMERCIAL or INDUSTRIAL (C-G, C-V, C-N, C-C, C-VAC, I-CS, I-RTP, I-G, O-B, O-B-E, M-X-T)
10 or less acres: $2,430
More than 10 to 50 acres: $5,430
More than 50 acres: $5,430 + $200 per acre

PUD, PDA, C-SH:
10 or less acres: $2,930
More than 10 to 50 acres: $5,930
More than 50 acres: $5,930 + $300 per acre

**all fees include $30 zoning sign fee, $200 legal ad fee, and $200 transcript steno fee**

 


Land Development Code (LDC) Text Amendment

Requests a change in the text of the City of Laurel Land Development Code.

Approved by: Mayor and City Council (after recommendation from Planning Commission)
Fee: $2,430

**fee includes $30 zoning sign fee, $200 legal ad fee, and $200 transcript steno fee**

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Economic & Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development maintains and oversees the built environment within the City of Laurel. The department is responsible for zoning compliance, subdivision and development review, historic preservation review, economic development, affordable housing, and implementation of the City’s Master Plan. These activities are intended to improve the life quality in the City. Department staff strive to provide these services in a timely and efficient manner while promoting high-quality development which is compliant with State of Maryland regulations and statutes.