The zoning ordinance allows for a residence to serve as a family day care for up to eight (8) unrelated minors, provided that the care providers are the owners and/or full-time residents of the residence hosting the family day care and have met any and all federal, state, and local licensing requirements; in particular, subtitle 5 of the Family Law article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  Any residence providing care to more than eight (8) unrelated minors must obtain a special exception from the Planning Commission and Board of Appeals.

To obtain a use and occupancy permit to establish a family day care, must submit an application to the Department of Community Planning and Business Services.  If the applicant is not the owner of the property hosting the family day care, written permission from the property owner must be included with the application.  The fee for a family day care permit is $250.

- Use and Occupancy Permit Application

Permit Category

Use and Occupancy

Fire Marshal & Permit Services

The Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FMPS) is divided into two Divisions who are responsible for the management and enforcement of the City’s codes and ordinances as it relates to wide range of areas, to include building and property standards, fire and life safety standards, rental housing licenses and permitting services.