Until further notice: Cecil County Administration Building is open by appointment only.
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Novel Corona Virus Information

Pursuant to the recent outbreak of the Novel Corona virus (COVID-19), the Cecil County Department of Land Use & Development Services requests that all citizens conduct their business with us using remote methods such as e-mail, fax, telephone or via our drop box provided in the vestibule in the front of the Administration Building.

A physical visit to the County Administration building will be done by appointment only.  This request is being made to protect our employees and the general public and to ensure yours and our health and welfare are maintained to the maximum extent practicable.

There is a plethora of land use related information on our website including maps, regulations, applications and various forms.  Our online GIS application is also available to you at  Additionally, attendance at public meetings will need to be limited.  If you desire to comment on an item on the agenda, you can send your comments in writing either by regular mail or email and they will presented to the relevant board or commission as if you provided oral testimony at the meeting. 

The Division of Permits & Inspections can be reached at 410-996-5235.

The Division of Planning & Zoning and the Division of Plans Review can be reached at 410-996-5220.

The Departmental fax numbers are 800-430-3829 (Planning & Zoning and Plans Review) and 410-620-4263 (Permits and Inspections). 

Emails can be sent to

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to prevent the spread of the virus.


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).