Filing an Appeal

View the steps on how an appeal is filed with the Board of Appeals.

  • Hearings are usually scheduled three times per week: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, all at 5:00 p.m. Only one case is heard at each hearing. 
  • Hearings are held in the Anne Arundel Center at 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 in Council Chambers or Room 160. 
  • The Board meets for approximately three (3) hours per hearing.

  1. Time for Filing

    Most appeals must be filed within 30 calendar days of the date of the County’s decision. It is your responsibility to check the County Code for the specific deadlines applicable to your appeal.

  2. Notice of Appeal Form

    Notice of Appeal Form (must be filed at the time of appeal)

  3. Board of Appeals Filing Fee

    Please make your check/money order payable to Anne Arundel County.

    Filing Fees (must be filed at the time of appeal)
    Reclassifications, Special Exceptions and Grading Permits$400.00
    Variances and All Other Administrative Appeals *$250.00

    * Administrative appeals include, but are not limited to, decisions of Animal Control, Office of Personnel, Permit Application Center, e.g. building permits, Office of Planning and Zoning, e.g. modifications, nonconforming uses, twenty-year registered uses, Site Development Plans, Preliminary Plans, Final Plats, and other decisions.

  4. County Agency’s Written Decision

    (must be filed at the time of appeal)

  5. List of Property Owners within 175 Feet

    The property owners list must be submitted within 30 days of filing your appeal (excluding cases appealed from the Administrative Hearing Officer, Personnel, and Animal Control). Property owners' names and addresses can be obtained by using the Community Meetings Property Details Viewer which has instructions on how to generate a list of owners within 175 feet or 300 feet of a property or area in the About section on the right under Public Notification Tool.
    Please see Rule 2-101(c) for further information.

  6. Councilmanic District Number

    This information must be submitted within 30 days of filing your appeal. Use the "Who is my Councilmember?" lookup tool to locate the district number. If you have difficulty, call the County Council office at (410) 222-1401 with the street address of the subject property.

Please Note: If the List of Property Owners within 175 feet and the Councilmanic District Number are not received by the required time, the Board may choose to dismiss the appeal. Please call or email the Board of Appeals Office with any questions.