Welcome to the Department of Land Use and Development Services!  Created by Executive Order in April 2017, the Department combines the former Office of Planning & Zoning, Office of Permits & inspections, and the Plans Review Branch of the Department of Public Works into one unit.  Additionally, the County's Geographic Information Systems program is administered by the new Department.

This reorganization creates greater efficiency in the plans review and permitting processes by bringing all employees that administer this function together in one place.  

For detailed information about the Department's divisions, please use the links to the left.  In general, the divisions' responsibilities are as follows:

Permits & Inspections - P&I provides permitting, inspection and building code enforcement services.  Information regarding the application, issuance, and day to day status of numerous types of permits can be obtained by contacting P&I at 410-996-5235.  This division also conducts field inspections consistent with the applicable adopted codes. 

Planning & Zoning - P&Z coordinates major and minor subdivision review, administers the forest conservation act, oversees the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and floodplain management programs, and ensures that all land use activity is done in conformance with the Cecil County Zoning Ordinance.  In general, P&Z ensures that the goals and objectives of the County's Comprehensive Plan are implemented.  

Development Plans Review - The development plans review division evaluates grading permits, stormwater management plans, and infrastructure plans (i.e. roads, storm drains, water, and wastewater).   

A Better Maryland

As part of developing a new statewide plan to guide growth and development across Maryland, the Maryland Department of Planning is seeking input from local governments, state agencies, Maryland residents, and others.  The new plan, titled "A Better Maryland," is intended to enrich the lives of all Marylanders and serve as a valuable resource for years to come.  To learn more about the new plan, please visit the Maryland Department of Planning's website.