Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is an Administrative Appeal?

  • What is a Variance?

  • What is a Special Exception?

  • How do I know that I am in the City?

  • If I am not in the City of Gaithersburg, who do I contact?

  • Why do I have a Gaithersburg address, but am not in the City of Gaithersburg?

  • Is my property located in a Historic District or designated historic?

  • What is zoning?

  • What is the zoning of my property?

  • How do I find the City Code?

  • How do I find the zoning ordinance?

  • What is an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance?

  • Does the City have an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance?

  • Where can I find the City Sign Ordinance?

  • What is a Comprehensive Master Plan?

  • Does the City have a Comprehensive Master Plan?

  • Does the City have a bike plan?

  • Where do I find demographic and population data about the City of Gaithersburg?

  • What is the Development Review Process?

  • What are the submittal deadlines for a development application?

  • What are the fees for a development application?

  • Does the City have Impact Taxes?

  • How do I find out the status of a development review application or building permit?

  • How do I provide input on a development review application?

  • How do I find out about meeting schedules and agendas for Boards and Commissions?

  • What type of work requires a building permit?

  • What are the fence restrictions for my property?

  • What are the restrictions for sheds, decks and garages?

  • Do I need the approval of my Homeowner’s Association for my project?

  • Do I need a permit for tree removal?