• What is Zoning or Zoning Districts?

    A separation or division of a municipality into districts.  Zoning regulates building & structure location and uses and encourages development that maintains the character of neighborhoods, prevents overcrowding and provides guidance for future growth of the Town.  Zoning is a tool used by governments to promote public health, safety and general welfare of citizens.

  • Where are the Corporate limits of the Town of North East?

    Corporate Limit Map is located under Town Maps or Click here

     

  • What are setback requirements and where would I find them?

    Setback requirement is the minimum required distance between the point where any structure or use on a lot meets the ground surface and any lot line or boundary of a public right of way.

    Article 5 of the North East Zoning Ordinance outlines the setback requirements for each Zoning District or Click here

  • Is my property located in the Floodplain?

    Please visit the Fema website at msc.fema.gov/portal, enter your address and follow directions or Click here.

  • What do I need to build (or replace) a deck, fence, garage, utility building (shed), driveway, addition, new commercial or residential structures, pool, walkway or sign?

    • Zoning Authorization Applications are required for: construction of a deck, garage, shed, driveway, addition, new commercial or residential structures, walkway or pool.
    • Fence: Fence permit application. Click here
    • Sign: Sign permit application. Click here
    • A Variance may be requested from the North East Board of Appeals if applicant is unable to meet height, depth, area and or setback requirements.

     Applications and instructions can be found under Applications & Permits or Click here

  • What if my project does not meet the setback regulations?

    You may apply for a Variance with the North East Board of Appeals. This application will have to be reviewed by the Board of Appeals and all neighboring residents and property owners will be notified by mail of the variance request. Additionally, a public notice will be published in the local newspaper to inform citizens that the application will be heard by the Board of Appeals.  A legal opinion will be rendered by the Board of Appeals by the end of the public hearing.

    • It is advised that you speak with the Planning Director before submitting the variance application as to prevent delays and unnecessary costs.
    • See the Fee Schedule for application costs.
    • A Variance application may be obtained under Applications & Permits or Click here.
  • Do I need to submit a Zoning Authorization Application to start a new commercial business, home day care facility, or home based business?

    Yes.  The Zoning Authorization Application can be found on this website under Applications & Permits or

    Zoning Authorization Application Instructions: Click here .

    Zoning Authorization Application: Click here .

  • Can I get a Zoning Authorization Application online?

    Yes, on this website under Applications & Permits or

    Zoning Authorization Application Instructions: Click here .

    Zoning Authorization Application:  Click here .

  • What is the fee when submitting a Zoning Authorization Application?

    The Town of North East Zoning Authorization Application fee is $35.00.

  • Can I start my construction project once I receive an approved Zoning Authorization Application from the Town?

    No.  Applicant/Owner shall pick up their approved Zoning Authorization package from the Town, and bring it to the Cecil County Department of Permits and Inspections, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton, MD 21921 to apply for A Cecil County Building Permit.  After the County has approved your submitted building permit application, you may commence with your construction project.

  • Can I start or open my business as soon as I receive Town approval of my Zoning Authorization Application?

    No,  Upon receiving the approved Zoning Authorization Application from the Town the Applicant/Owner shall contact:

    • Cecil County Department of Permits and Inspections at 410-996-5235 to inquire whether their agency needs a copy of the paperwork or whether a Cecil County Building Permit is required. (located at the Cecil County Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton,  Maryland 21921)
    • State of Maryland Licensing Department at 410-996-5380 to inquire whether the proposed use requires a Maryland State License, prior to opening.  (located at Cecil County Courthouse, 129 East Main Street, Elkton, Maryland  21921)
  • Why does the County issue a building permit instead of the Town?

    *  Cecil County Permits and Inspections enforces and monitors building/construction projects ensuring they adhere to the International Building Code.

    *  The Town enforces the North East Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations.

  • What projects or improvements can I do that do not require a Zoning Authorization Application?

    There are some projects that will not require a Zoning Authorization Application such as: painting a house, replacing siding, replacing shingles on an existing roof, planting flowers/trees, and replacing doors and windows (provided they are the same size). If your project alters either the inside or outside of an existing structure, changes the use of your property, expands the size of an existing structure, or a new structure is added, your project would require a Zoning Authorization Application to be submitted to the Town of North East.

  • What is a site plan?

    A drawing or plat which describes and locates required improvements of a project or development tract in accordance with the provisions of Article 10.

    To view Article 10 Click here .

  • What is a Special Exception?

    A Special Exception is for a proposed use that would not be generally permitted by right throughout the zoning district but which, if controlled as to number, area, location, or relation to the neighborhood, would promote the public health, safety, welfare, morals, order, comfort, convenience, appearance, prosperity, or general welfare. Such uses may be permitted in such zoning districts as special exceptions, if specific provision for such special exceptions is made in this zoning ordinance.

    • It is advised that you speak with the Planning Director before submitting the special exception application as to prevent delays and unnecessary costs.
    • See the Fee Schedule for application costs.
    • A Special Exception application may be obtained on this website under Applications & Permits or Click here .
  • What is an accessory structure and can I install one on my property?

    See North East Zoning Ordinance. Article 3. Definitions. Accessory Building or Click here .

    • To install an accessory building on your property you must apply for and receive approval of an approved Zoning Authorization Application (on this website see Applications & Permits or Click here) from the Town of North East. After Town approval, you will need to apply for a Building permit through Cecil County Department of Permits and Inspections, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton, MD 21921.
    • Setback regulations for an accessory building can be found in the North East Zoning Ordinance, Article 5: District Regulations on this website or Click here.
  • What is a utility building and can I install one on my property?

    See North East Zoning Ordinance Article 6. Section 6-14 Utility Buildings on this website or Click here .

    • To install a utility building on your property you must you must apply for and receive approval of an approved Zoning Authorization Application (under Applications & Permits on this website or Instructions: Click here; Zoning Authorization Application: Click here) from the Town of North East. After Town approval, you will need to apply for a Building permit through Cecil County Department of Permits and Inspections, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton, MD 21921.
  • Can I install a fence on my property?

    See North East Zoning Ordinance, Article 6-13.  Fence Regulations on this website or Click here.

  • Can I install a sign on my property or business?

    See North East Zoning Ordinance, Article 7. Sign Regulations on this website or Click here .

  • Are food carts and vendors permitted within the Town of North East?

    Food carts are only permitted on private property, in applicable zoning districts, within the corporate limit of the Town of North East. Written permission from the property owner is required, in addition along with applicable approvals from owner of the property.

    • A Zoning Authorization Application  shall be submitted to the Town of North East, and subsequent approval is required from the Town, prior to opening. Zoning Authorization Application Instructions: Click here . Zoning Authorization Application: Click here .
    • Applicant/owner shall contact the Health Department (410)996- to verify all requirements are satisfied prior to opening business.
    • Applicant/owner shall contact Cecil County Department of Permits and Inspections, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton, MD 21921  (410) 996-5235,  to verify all requirements are satisfied prior to opening business.
    • Applicant/Owner shall contact the State of Maryland Licensing Department at 410-996-5380 to inquire whether the proposed use requires a Maryland State License, prior to opening.
  • Are Zoning Authorization Applications required for temporary seasonal sales?

    Yes. The Zoning Authorization Application can be found on this website under Applications & Permits or

    Zoning Authorization Application Instructions: Click here

    Zoning Authorization Application: Click here

  • Why does the Town inspect properties within the Town of North East?

    Inspections are performed by the Code Enforcement Officer within the corporate limit of the Town of North East, on a routine basis to verify compliance of the  Code of Ordinances of the Town of North East (on this website under Government or Click here).  The most typical inspections are regarding the nuisance violations, verifying compliance of grass height, abandoned vehicles, junk and debris, unauthorized construction and/or building maintenance.  The Town may also perform inspections to monitor construction projects, tree cutting and/or tree removal.

  • What are nuisance violations?

    See Code of Ordinances of the Town of North East,  (on this website under Government or Click here )

  • Can I have backyard poultry or other livestock within the corporate limit of the Town of North East?

    The Code of Ordinances of the Town of North East do not allow for poultry or livestock within the corporate limit of the Town.