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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

An application to register a Twenty-Year Registered Use must contain the following required information. It must be hand delivered to the Zoning Division of the Office of Planning and Zoning for processing. 

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


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


Zoning Division
(410) 222-7437