What is a site plan, and why do I need to submit one with my permit application?

Section 27-254(c)(1) of the Zoning Ordinance requires that each application for a building or use and occupancy permit be accompanied by a site plan. The site plan is a graphic illustration of the site and all buildings, improvements, parking facilities, landscaping, etc. This description allows the reviewers to accurately determine what is proposed and whether it conforms with applicable zoning regulations. Without a complete site plan, action on permit applications cannot be taken because compliance with zoning regulations cannot be determined. 

For more information, please email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-302-3460 or 240-302-9464.


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1. I purchased my home years ago because the land behind me was wooded. Does anyone have the right to come in now and develop this property?
2. How long does it take to process my permit application?
3. What can I do to quicken the processing of my permit application?
4. What is a site plan, and why do I need to submit one with my permit application?
5. Does the Planning Department issue permits?
6. Why does the Planning Department need to see my permit application?
7. May I have a business in my home, and do I need a permit for it?
8. May I walk my permit application through the process?
9. Why can't I fast-track review of my permit application?
10. What happens to my non-walk-through permit application after you complete your review?