The City of Rockville only accepts electronic plans for submission and review. Review, markups, comments, and approval stamps will be made electronically.
Submit new development applications (site plans, special exceptions, plats, project plans, forestry, variances) and associated plans and documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resubmittals for these cases should also be sent to email@example.com.
Submission requirements and applications are listed below. If you are unsure of the application you need, view the Development Review Procedures Manual to learn more about the types of applications. View the Fee Schedule for all development application fees.
- Completed applications, plans, and supporting documents must be in PDF format.
- PDFs should be unlocked and fully editable. All digital signatures must be approved/flattened prior to submission so as not to interfere with the plan review code compliance markups on the plans.
- All plan pages must be combined into one document. Do not send separate documents for plans, specifications, and calculations.
- File names should reflect the file’s content (for example, “applications” or “forms”).
- Maximum file size is 25 MB.
Pre-application Meeting (PAM) Application
A Pre-application Meeting Application must be completed before any Project Plan (PJT), Site Plan (STP), or Special Exception (SPX) Applications may be filed. The PAM outlines a development proposal and initiates a meeting with the city's Development Review Committee (DRC) and a planning project manager. At that meeting, the city will provide additional guidance on the required applications and permits.
General Planning Applications
Administrative Appeal (APP) Application
An Administrative Appeal Application may be submitted by any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Chief of Zoning on a Site Plan Application, a Nonconforming Alteration Application, or on an interpretation of an approval of the Planning Commission or other approving authority. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.04.06(b) for more on administrative appeals.
Annexation (ANX) Application
An Annexation Application is required for any property that seeks to be annexed into the city's corporate boundaries. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.02.04 for more on annexation application procedures and requirements.
Development Rights & Responsibilities Agreement (DRA) Application
A Development Rights & Responsibilities Agreement Application vests development rights for a defined period of time, allowing developers to proceed with long-term development projects. In exchange, the city may seek enhanced public benefits from the project. The DRA legislation is located within Chapter 7.5 of the City Code.
Map Amendment (MAP) Application
Any change to the official Zoning Map must be considered through a Map Amendment Application. A map amendment may be considered as a local, sectional, or comprehensive map amendment, depending on its size and scope. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.06.01 for more on map amendment applications.
Preliminary Subdivision Plan / Final Record Plat / Ownership Plat (PLT) Application
Whenever property is proposed to be assembled, subdivided, or redefined, a Subdivision Plan Application must be submitted to ensure the property is being disposed of legally and adequately. To find out more on subdivision plans, final record plats, and ownership plats, see Zoning Ordinance Article 21.
Project Plan (PJT) Application
All major development projects in the city that attain a certain number of points under the city's development review point system are required to proceed under a Project Plan Application. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.07.01(b) and Section 25.07.08 for information on project plan applications and review, and Section 25.07.02 for information on the city's development review point system.
Site Plan (STP) Application & Site Plan Amendment Application
Most new development projects in the city are required to proceed under a Site Plan Application. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.07.01(a) and Sections 25.07.04 through 25.07.07 for information on site plan applications and review, and Section 25.07.02 for information on the city's development review point system. Developed sites that are seeking to redevelop with major or minor changes can be reviewed under a Site Plan Amendment Application. See Section 25.05.07 for more information on site plan amendments.
Special Exception (SPX) Application
Certain types of land uses require special consideration before they may locate within the city. Where a land use is listed as requiring a special exception in the Zoning Ordinance, a Special Exception Application must be approved prior to any site plan review. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.07.01(c), Section 25.07.08, and Article 15 for information on the review of special exceptions.
Street Closing and Abandonment (SCA) Application
An application to permanently close and abandon any public way of the city shall be submitted with a Street Closing and Abandonment Application. For more on requesting a street closing or abandonment, see Chapter 21, Article 5, Division 2 of the City Code.
Temporary Use Permit Application
Any temporary structure for a construction project or short-term activity in the city, such as Christmas tree sales, carnivals, and farmers markets, requires the review and approval of a Temporary Use Permit Application. Refer to the land use tables in Zoning Ordinance Articles 10 through 14 to determine what activities require a temporary use permit and Section 25.09.04 for permit requirements.
Text Amendment (TXT) Application
A text amendment is a process by which actual language in the Zoning Ordinance may be modified to clarify or modify the Zoning Ordinance regulations. For more on text amendment applications, see Zoning Ordinance Section 25.06.02.
Time Extension (EXT) Application
A Time Extension Application is required for any project approval that needs extra time to be completed. The extension provision is discussed within the Zoning Ordinance for each application type.
Variance (VAR) Application
A variance may be granted by the Board of Appeals to allow a deviation from the strict application of density, bulk, or area requirements of the development standards set forth in the Zoning Ordinance. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.06.03 for more on variance applications.
Nonconforming Alteration (VAR) Application
A nonconforming alteration may be granted by the Chief of Zoning to allow for structural alterations, expansions, or enlargements to a building, structure, or site containing a nonconforming use or development standards nonconformity as set forth in the Zoning Ordinance. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.08.08 for more on nonconforming alteration applications.
Administrative Adjustment (VAR) Application
An administrative adjustment may be granted by the Chief of Zoning to allow a deviation from the strict application of certain development standards set forth in the Zoning Ordinance. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.06.05 for more on administrative adjustment applications.
Modification of Variance Conditions of Approval Application
A Modification of Variance Conditions of Approval Application allows consideration of one or more conditions established by a previous variance approval to be changed or eliminated. The process for consideration of a variance condition modification is similar to the approval of a variance. See Zoning Ordinance Section 25.06.03 for more on variance applications.
Waiver Request (WAV) Application
The Zoning Ordinance and the Landscaping, Screening and Lighting Manual identify specific standards that may be waived by the approving authority. The process is intended to provide flexibility to address constraints unique to a particular site or project. Additional information on requesting a waiver is explained in the Waiver Request Application.
Other Associated Planning Applications
Forestry Permit (FTP) Application
Historic District Commission Review (HDC) Application
When any historic structure is proposed to be altered or removed, a Historic District Commission Review Application is required to be reviewed by the Historic District Commission prior to the project proceeding. See Historic Designation for more information.
Natural Resource Inventory / Forest Stand Delineation (NRI/FSD) Application
A Natural Resource Inventory / Forest Stand Delineation Application must be approved prior to the submission of the following plans: Special Exceptions (SPX), Site Plans (STP), Site Plan Amendments (STP), Project Plans (PJT), or Project Plan Amendments (PJT).
Scoping Intake Form for Transportation Review
Stormwater Management Permit (SMP) Application
A Stormwater Management Permit Application is submitted for any development that involves five thousand (5,000) square feet or more of disturbed area. Please refer to Section 19-40 of the City Code and the Stormwater Management Permit page for the full scope on stormwater management policies and requirements within the City of Rockville.