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There are three Critical Area classifications: IDA-Intensely Developed Area, LDA-Limited Development Area and RCA-Resource Conservation Area.

How to Apply

A pre-file with the Zoning Division is required prior to submittal. Call the Office at (410) 222-7437 for questions or to make arrangements for an analyst to accept a pre-file.

After pre-file comments are received the appropriate documents may be compiled for the critical area reclassification submission.

The critical area reclassification application can be downloaded and completed (utilizing Adobe Reader or similar product) and then printed or printed and completed by hand. See the rezoning instructions for other documentation necessary.
Critical area reclassification application submissions, including fees, can be submitted by mail to:
Office of Planning and Zoning
Zoning Division
2664 Riva Road MS 6301
Annapolis, MD 21401

or dropped off in the OPZ Drop Box at the OPZ Customer Express Station, 2664 Riva Road as outlined below:

  • Securely wrap or place submittal information in a large envelope.
  • Checks for fees may be included with the submission.  NO CASH can be accepted. Secure or place in the envelope with the plans and other documentation. If placed in a separate envelope within the larger envelope, clearly label the payment envelope on the outside (Identify what it is for - type of application and property address or tax ID).
  • Mark submissions for the "Zoning Division". 
  • For a submittal with several packages, clearly mark each part with the type of application and property address or tax ID and labeled "Package 1 of ___, 2 of ___, " etc.
  • The Drop Box will only be accessible between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday when the County is open. The Drop Box will NOT be accessible outside of these hours.
See related information for detail about the critical area reclassification process.


Filing and Sign Fees Fees
Filing fee $1,200.00
Sign fee $35.00 for each

Sign fee $35 for each sign that is required to be posted on the property. For sites with frontage on more than one road or on the water, additional signs are required for each road and water frontage.

Filing fee and sign fee may be combined in one check made payable to Anne Arundel County.


2664 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401