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“Twenty-Year Registered Use” means a use not allowed as permitted, conditional, or special exception use under the law in effect for the zone in which the use is located when the use commenced, and for which no enforcement action has been initiated within 20 years of the date the use commenced.

How to Apply

The twenty-year registered use application can be downloaded and completed (utilizing Adobe Reader or similar product) and then printed or printed and completed by hand. See the nonconforming use instructions for other documentation necessary.

Detailed information about the process is stated on the Twenty-Year Registered Use Instruction Sheet.

Twenty-Year Registered Use 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



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.

Sign fee must be a check made payable to Anne Arundel County.


2664 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401


Zoning Division
(410) 222-7437