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Notice
To slow the spread of the Coronavirus, the City has closed all buildings to public access & all in-person services have been suspended through at least June 14, 2020. The City is working to implement its Phased Service Restoration Plan, which will be announced to the public the week of June 8.

New applications can be submitted via USPS to City Hall, Planning & Code Administration, 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, via email to plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov, or drop-off appointment (email plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov to schedule).

NOTE: Applicants must obtain approval from their assigned planner before they submit their application(s). All applications must be complete; incomplete submissions will be rejected. Submissions are unable to be processed until payment has been received. Payment should be included with submission (check or money order payable to the City of Gaithersburg) or provided when scheduling your appointment (credit card only).

Any current ‘approved’ permits/plans that are pending pick-up/issuance must contact staff at plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov to coordinate payment and schedule a pick-up date & time.

For more information, email plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov. Note that response times may be delayed due to limited employee coverage. Your patience & understanding are appreciated.

The Planning Division provides services and information for current zoning and development matters, updates the City Master Plan, and provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Historic District Commission & Board of Appeals.

Getting Started

Applications for most planning reviews can be found on this page under Applications & Forms. Applications may be submitted in person at City Hall, by phone at 301-258-6330, by fax at 301-258-6336, or by email at plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov. Payment of application fees can be accepted only in person at City Hall or by phone and must be made by cash, check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Certain applications have digital submission requirements that must be followed:

Services We Provide

Adequate Public Facilities

The City has adopted an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance to control and manage growth in an orderly, efficient, cohesive and safe manner consistent with the economic and land use planning policies of the City and for the health, safety and welfare of the public.

City Master Plan

The Master Plan acts as a guide to public and private actions and decisions to ensure the development of public and private property in appropriate ways.

Development Review and Zoning

Whether building a fence, shed, deck, an addition to a home, or constructing a commercial building, the proposal must comply with the zoning of the property.

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation is an effective tool for revitalizing neighborhoods and fostering Gaithersburg’s sense of place, pride and character.

Long Range Planning

The Planning Department’s long range planning function develops a coordinated, comprehensive general planning program for quality growth and development of the City that balances social, economic and environmental goals.

Planning Awards

The Planning Awards recognizes development projects in the City that demonstrates best practices in planning and design.

Review Applications Online

The status and details of any planning review application may be viewed online at pca.gaithersburgmd.gov.

This capability allows the public the ability to track development activity within the City by reviewing plans and permits and then following them through the review process. These new capabilities are also part of an ongoing effort to improve efficiency and streamline workflow for City staff, who currently utilize this software internally to manage a variety of permits, inspections, plans, licenses, service requests, and citations.