Zoning and Land Use

Under the Direction of the Town Commissioners and Town Manager, this department addresses inquiries and enforcement of the town’s planning, code and zoning regulations (Chapter 340 of the Code of the Town of St. Michaels). They serve as a resource for the zoning, land use, subdivisions, developments, environmental regulations, building permits, public events and general guidance on planning in the Town of St. Michaels.

Click here to view the Town’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan
Click here to view the Town’s Official Zoning Map
Click here to view the Town’s Critical Area Overlay Map
Click here to view the Town’s Floodplain Map, Enacted 7/20/16

The planning and zoning staff support the following appointed bodies in the Town: Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Waterways Management Advisory Board and Board of Zoning Appeals.

2023 Building Permit Application (Complete)
Public Event and Town Use Application
Historic District Commission Information & Application Packet (Complete)
2022 Fee Schedule
FEMA Floodplain Elevation Certificate Application
Grading Permit Application
Tree Removal Permit – Contact Town Office

Site Plan Review:
Full Site Plan Review (sketch plan, preliminary plan, and final plan review) are required when any multifamily, commercial, industrial or multiuse development is greater than 25% lot coverage impact. Full Site Plan Review is reviewed by the Planning Commission before permits may be issued for the project.
Sketch Site Plan (Step 1)
Preliminary Site Plan (Step 2)
Final Site Plan (Step 3)

Simplified Site Plan Review is for any multifamily, commercial, industrial or multiuse development resulting in less than 25% lot coverage impact. Simplified Site Plan Review is a one-time application and is reviewed by staff prior to issuance of permits for construction.
Simplified Site Plan Review

Applications for major and minor subdivisions are required when you are subdividing a parcel into more than the number of parcels that currently existing. A Subdivision Application is required whenever you are adding a lot line to subdivide a parcel.
Subdivision Application

A Lot Line Revision Application is required when you are moving an existing lot line to alter the size, shape or location of a parcel, but you are not increasing the number of parcels. A Lot Line Revision Application is also required when you are combining or consolidating parcels together.
Lot Line Revision Application

Board of Zoning Appeals Applications:
The Board of Zoning Appeals reviews appeals, special exceptions and variance applications. Linked below are applications for a special exception and variance. Please contact the town office for an appeal application.
Special Exception Application
Variance Application

Community Legacy Plan
Maryland Annotated Code

Telephone: 410-745-9535

Steve Ball Town Planner ext. 112 sball@stmichaelsmd.gov
Eric Knapp Special Project Manager/Code Compliance Officer ext. 119 eknapp@stmichaelsmd.gov
Kim Shellem Zoning Clerk ext. 116 kshellem@stmichaelsmd.gov