Thinking about a project in Rock Hall?….these links will get you started
Kent County Planning and Zoning serves as the Administrator for Rock Hall Planning and Zoning issues. They can be contacted at 410-778-7475 during normal business hours with any questions.
Zoning Classification in Rock Hall
Please refer to the Zoning Ordinance for further information about regulations for each zone.
R-1 LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL
R-2 MIXED RESIDENTIAL
R-3 HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL
C-1 COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL
C-2 HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL
C-3 TOWN CENTER COMMERCIAL
MCI MIXED COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL
MRec MARITIME RECREATIONAL
MC MARITIME COMMERCIAL
MWD MARITIME WATER-DEPENDENT
O CRITICAL AREA OVERLAY
GA GROWTH ALLOCATION
New Construction Permits and Fees
If your property is outside of the town limits but within Kent County, please refer to the Kent County Planning & Zoning board website for procedures and applications. If your property is within the town limits, Rock Hall related applications must be submitted to the county and the fees will be payable to “Town of Rock Hall.”
Rock Hall Zoning Documents (PDF):
Building Permit Procedures
Building permits should be submitted with a plot pan (current survey of the property showing all structures and proposed structures on the property and their distances from the property lines) and complete construction plans; including foundation plans, floor plans, structural cross section, elevation views, and deck details. Lots in Rock Hall also require a non-tidal wetlands delineation.
The building permit application is reviewed by the Zoning Administrator for Town, County, State, and Federal requirements and for application completeness. Building permits in compliance with all ordinances will be approved by the Zoning Administrator upon the applicants obtaining any required Town, County, State, or Federal permits or approvals and contingent upon compliance with current Floodplain and Critical Areas requirements. (*Certain major building permits and those with performance standards must have site plan approval from the Rock Hall Planning Commission before application for a building permit may be made.)
If the Zoning Administrator determines that a building permit is for a project that is prohibited by ordinance, the Administrator will suggest ways to bring the application into compliance or will deny the application for cause and site specific regulations requiring disapproval.
The Rock Hall Board of Appeals is the final local entity to which an applicant may appeal a negative decision by the Zoning Administrator. The appeal must be made within 30 days of the negative decision.
A negative decision by the Rock Hall Board of Appeals may be appealed through the Kent County District Court.