City of Westminster, MD
Carroll County
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Westminster as Ch. 21 of the 1972 Code, as amended through 1990. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Charter provisions — See §§ 15 through 23 of the City Charter.

Planning and Zoning Commission — See Ch. 7, Art. II.

Planning Director — See Ch. 29, Art. V.

Buildings — See Ch. 56.

Floodplain management — See Ch. 83.

Nuisances — See Ch. 100.

Sewers and sewage — See Ch. 124.

Stormwater management — See Ch. 136.

Water — See Ch. 160.

Fee Schedule — See Ch. A175.

ARTICLE I
General Provisions (§ 164-1 — § 164-7) 

ARTICLE II
Zoning Districts (§ 164-8 — § 164-10) 

ARTICLE III
C Conservation Zone (§ 164-11 — § 164-17) 

ARTICLE IV
A Agricultural Residential Zone (§ 164-18 — § 164-22) 

ARTICLE V
R-20,000 Residential Zone (§ 164-23 — § 164-27) 

ARTICLE VI
R-10,000 Residential Zone (§ 164-28 — § 164-33) 

ARTICLE VII
R-7,500 Residential Zone (§ 164-34 — § 164-39) 

ARTICLE VIIA
Mixed Use Infill Zone (§ 164-39.1 — § 164-39.9) 

ARTICLE VIII
B Business Zone (§ 164-40 — § 164-45) 

ARTICLE VIIIA
C-C Central Commerce Zone (§ 164-45.1 — § 164-45.6) 

ARTICLE VIIIB
D-B Downtown Business Zone (§ 164-45.7 — § 164-45.12) 

ARTICLE VIIIC
Compatible Neighborhood Overlay Zone (§ 164-45.13 — § 164-45.24) 

ARTICLE VIIID
Neighborhood Preservation Overlay Zone (NP Zone) (§ 164-45.25 — § 164-45.32) 

ARTICLE IX
C-B Central Business Zone (§ 164-46 — § 164-51) 

ARTICLE IXA
Historic District Zone (§ 164-51.1 — § 164-51.10) 

ARTICLE IXB
Housing for Older Persons Zone (§ 164-51.11 — § 164-51.21) 

ARTICLE IXC
Arts and Culture Overlay District (§ 164-51.22 — § 164-51.25) 

ARTICLE X
I-R Restricted Industrial Zone (§ 164-52 — § 164-59) 

ARTICLE XI
I-G General Industrial Zone (§ 164-60 — § 164-64) 

ARTICLE XIA
N-C Neighborhood Commercial Zone (§ 164-64.1 — § 164-64.10) 

ARTICLE XII
P-I Planned Industrial Zone (§ 164-65 — § 164-76) 

ARTICLE XIII
PD-4 Planned Development - 4 Zone (§ 164-77 — § 164-87) 

ARTICLE XIV
PD-9 Planned Development - 9 Zone (§ 164-88 — § 164-98) 

ARTICLE XV
PRSC Planned Regional Shopping Center Zone (§ 164-99 — § 164-110) 

ARTICLE XVI
Off-Street Parking and Loading (§ 164-111 — § 164-116) 

ARTICLE XVII
Signs (§ 164-117 — § 164-129) 

ARTICLE XVIII
Regulations Applicable in All Districts (§ 164-130 — § 164-134) 

ARTICLE XIX
Nonconformities (§ 164-135 — § 164-137) 

ARTICLE XX
Special Provisions (§ 164-138 — § 164-155.1) 

ARTICLE XXI
Administration and Enforcement (§ 164-156 — § 164-159) 

ARTICLE XXII
Board of Zoning Appeals (§ 164-160 — § 164-175) 

ARTICLE XXIII
Amendments (§ 164-176 — § 164-190) 

ARTICLE XXIV
Subdivision Regulations (§ 164-191 — § 164-204) 

ARTICLE XXV
Site Plans (§ 164-205 — § 164-213) 

Article I General Provisions

§ 164-1 Title.

§ 164-2 Purpose.

§ 164-3 Definitions and word usage.

§ 164-4 Interpretation.

§ 164-5 Effective date; territorial applicability.

§ 164-6 Zoning of annexed lands.

§ 164-7 Copy on file.

Article II Zoning Districts

§ 164-8 Establishment.

§ 164-9 Zoning District Map.

§ 164-10 Interpretation of boundaries.

Article III C Conservation Zone

§ 164-11 General provisions.

§ 164-12 Uses permitted.

§ 164-13 Special exceptions.

§ 164-14 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-15 Building height.

§ 164-16 Off-street parking.

§ 164-17 Signs.

Article IV A Agricultural Residential Zone

§ 164-18 General provisions.

§ 164-19 Uses permitted.

§ 164-20 Special exceptions.

§ 164-21 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-22 Building height.

Article V R-20,000 Residential Zone

§ 164-23 General provisions.

§ 164-24 Uses permitted.

§ 164-25 Special exceptions.

§ 164-26 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-27 Building height.

Article VI R-10,000 Residential Zone

§ 164-28 General provisions.

§ 164-29 Uses permitted.

§ 164-30 Special exceptions.

§ 164-31 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-32 Building height.

§ 164-33 Reclassification.

Article VII R-7,500 Residential Zone

§ 164-34 General provisions.

§ 164-35 Uses permitted.

§ 164-36 Special exceptions.

§ 164-37 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-38 Building height.

§ 164-39 Reclassification.

Article VIIA Mixed Use Infill Zone

§ 164-39.1 Purpose.

§ 164-39.2 Uses permitted.

§ 164-39.3 Special exceptions.

§ 164-39.4 Conditions for uses.

§ 164-39.5 Design standards.

§ 164-39.6 Operating standards.

§ 164-39.7 Building height.

§ 164-39.8 Location and dimensional requirements.

§ 164-39.9 Compatibility.

Article VIII B Business Zone

§ 164-40 General provisions.

§ 164-41 Uses permitted.

§ 164-42 Special exceptions.

§ 164-43 Conditions.

§ 164-44 Building height.

§ 164-45 Dimensional requirements.

Article VIIIA C-C Central Commerce Zone

§ 164-45.1 General provisions.

§ 164-45.2 Uses permitted.

§ 164-45.3 Special exceptions.

§ 164-45.4 Building height.

§ 164-45.5 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-45.6 Conditions.

Article VIIIB D-B Downtown Business Zone

§ 164-45.7 General provisions.

§ 164-45.8 Uses permitted.

§ 164-45.9 Special exceptions.

§ 164-45.10 Building height.

§ 164-45.11 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-45.12 Conditions.

Article VIIIC Compatible Neighborhood Overlay Zone

§ 164-45.13 Introduction.

§ 164-45.14 Purpose.

§ 164-45.15 Relationship to underlying zone.

§ 164-45.16 (Reserved)

§ 164-45.17 Uses permitted.

§ 164-45.18 Buildings, landscaping and other improvements.

§ 164-45.19 Compatibility.

§ 164-45.20 Procedure.

§ 164-45.21 Criteria for approval.

§ 164-45.22 Action and findings.

§ 164-45.23 Validity and amendments.

§ 164-45.24 Appeals.

Article VIIID Neighborhood Preservation Overlay Zone (NP Zone)

§ 164-45.25 Introduction.

§ 164-45.26 Purpose; objectives.

§ 164-45.27 District designated.

§ 164-45.28 Relationship to underlying zones.

§ 164-45.29 Uses permitted.

§ 164-45.30 Reclassification.

§ 164-45.31 Procedure for classification.

§ 164-45.32 Inclusion of additional neighborhoods.

Article IX C-B Central Business Zone

§ 164-46 General provisions.

§ 164-47 Uses permitted.

§ 164-48 Special exceptions.

§ 164-49 Building height.

§ 164-50 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-51 Conditions.

Article IXA Historic District Zone

§ 164-51.1 Purpose; construal of provisions.

§ 164-51.2 District designated.

§ 164-51.3 Creation and composition of Historic District Commission; appointment and term of members; vacancies.

§ 164-51.4 Application procedure; duties of Historic District Commission.

§ 164-51.5 Design guidelines.

§ 164-51.6 Meetings of Historic District Commission.

§ 164-51.7 Action of Historic District Commission upon applications.

§ 164-51.8 Activities not prohibited in districts.

§ 164-51.9 Architectural easements.

§ 164-51.10 Appeal from Historic District Commission decision.

Article IXB Housing for Older Persons Zone

§ 164-51.11 Purpose.

§ 164-51.12 Uses permitted.

§ 164-51.13 Location and dimensional requirements.

§ 164-51.14 Building height.

§ 164-51.15 Open space.

§ 164-51.16 Off-street parking.

§ 164-51.17 Signs.

§ 164-51.18 Architectural design.

§ 164-51.19 Dedication of land.

§ 164-51.20 Compatibility.

§ 164-51.21 Procedure.

Article IXC Arts and Culture Overlay District

§ 164-51.22 Purpose.

§ 164-51.23 District designated.

§ 164-51.24 Definitions.

§ 164-51.25 Artisan workshop and/or gallery requirements.

Article X I-R Restricted Industrial Zone

§ 164-52 General provisions.

§ 164-53 Uses permitted.

§ 164-54 Special exceptions.

§ 164-55 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-56 Building height.

§ 164-57 Landscaping.

§ 164-58 Additional distance requirements.

§ 164-59 Signs.

Article XI I-G General Industrial Zone

§ 164-60 General provisions.

§ 164-61 Uses permitted.

§ 164-62 Special exceptions.

§ 164-63 Dimensional, landscaping and distance requirements.

§ 164-64 Building height.

Article XIA N-C Neighborhood Commercial Zone

§ 164-64.1 Purpose.

§ 164-64.2 Uses permitted.

§ 164-64.3 Special exceptions.

§ 164-64.4 Conditions.

§ 164-64.5 Design standards.

§ 164-64.6 Operating standards.

§ 164-64.7 Building height.

§ 164-64.8 Area, size and dimensional requirements.

§ 164-64.9 Compatibility.

§ 164-64.10 Procedure.

Article XII P-I Planned Industrial Zone

§ 164-65 Purpose.

§ 164-66 Uses permitted.

§ 164-66.1 Special exceptions.

§ 164-67 Performance standards.

§ 164-68 Building height.

§ 164-69 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-70 Off-street parking.

§ 164-71 Access and loading.

§ 164-72 Storage.

§ 164-73 Utilities.

§ 164-74 Signs.

§ 164-75 Procedures.

§ 164-76 Conflicts.

Article XIII PD-4 Planned Development - 4 Zone

§ 164-77 Purpose.

§ 164-78 Uses permitted.

§ 164-79 Special exceptions.

§ 164-80 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-81 Building height.

§ 164-82 Open space.

§ 164-83 Off-street parking.

§ 164-84 Signs.

§ 164-85 Dedication of land.

§ 164-86 Compatibility.

§ 164-87 Procedure.

Article XIV PD-9 Planned Development - 9 Zone

§ 164-88 Purpose.

§ 164-89 Uses permitted.

§ 164-90 Special exceptions.

§ 164-91 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-92 Building height.

§ 164-93 Open space.

§ 164-94 Off-street parking.

§ 164-95 Signs.

§ 164-96 Dedication of land.

§ 164-97 Compatibility.

§ 164-98 Procedure.

Article XV PRSC Planned Regional Shopping Center Zone

§ 164-99 Purpose.

§ 164-100 Uses permitted.

§ 164-101 Special exceptions.

§ 164-102 Development mode.

§ 164-103 Dimensional requirements.

§ 164-104 Building coverage and height.

§ 164-105 Roads and sidewalks.

§ 164-106 Off-street parking.

§ 164-107 Landscaping.

§ 164-108 Utilities.

§ 164-109 Signs.

§ 164-110 Procedure.

Article XVI Off-Street Parking and Loading

§ 164-111 General provisions and requirements.

§ 164-112 Compliance required.

§ 164-113 Location and landscaping.

§ 164-114 Maintenance and lighting.

§ 164-115 Design standards.

§ 164-116 Off-street loading.

Article XVII Signs

§ 164-117 Purpose and intent.

§ 164-118 Compliance required.

§ 164-119 General regulations.

§ 164-120 Signs not requiring permits.

§ 164-121 On-premises business signs.

§ 164-122 Outdoor advertising signs.

§ 164-123 Sign permits.

§ 164-124 Structural requirements; inspection and maintenance.

§ 164-125 Nonconforming signs.

§ 164-126 Removal.

§ 164-127 Abandonment.

§ 164-128 Appeals.

§ 164-129 Violations and penalties.

Article XVIII Regulations Applicable in All Districts

§ 164-130 Interpretation.

§ 164-131 Compliance required.

§ 164-131.1 Compliance with landscape manual.

§ 164-132 Nuisances.

§ 164-133 Effect of prior approval.

§ 164-134 Conflicts.

Article XIX Nonconformities

§ 164-135 Continuation.

§ 164-136 Extension and alteration.

§ 164-137 Termination.

Article XX Special Provisions

§ 164-138 Major road plans.

§ 164-138.1 Access to state highways.

§ 164-139 Essential utility equipment.

§ 164-139.1 Telecommunications facilities.

§ 164-140 Distance requirements.

§ 164-141 Ponds, lakes, stabilization and stormwater management facilities.

§ 164-142 Use of mutual open space.

§ 164-143 Front yard depth; projections into required front or rear yards.

§ 164-144 Bulk requirement modifications.

§ 164-145 Setback modifications.

§ 164-146 Height exceptions.

§ 164-147 Accessory buildings.

§ 164-148 Off-street parking and loading.

§ 164-149 Automobile service stations.

§ 164-150 Conversion dwellings.

§ 164-151 Junkyards.

§ 164-152 Mobile homes.

§ 164-153 Multiple-family dwellings.

§ 164-153.1 Multiple-family dwellings in R-7500 Residential Zone.

§ 164-153.2 Multiple-family housing for older persons.

§ 164-154 Single-family detached and semidetached dwellings.

§ 164-155 Self-service storage facilities.

§ 164-155.1 Indoor shooting ranges.

Article XXI Administration and Enforcement

§ 164-156 Zoning Administrator.

§ 164-157 Zoning certificate.

§ 164-158 Planning Commission.

§ 164-158.1 Administrative adjustments.

§ 164-159 Violations and penalties.

Article XXII Board of Zoning Appeals

§ 164-160 General provisions.

§ 164-161 Powers and duties.

§ 164-162 Meetings.

§ 164-163 Appeals.

§ 164-164 Stay of proceedings.

§ 164-165 Special exception petitions.

§ 164-166 Actions prior to hearing.

§ 164-167 Public hearings.

§ 164-168 Postponement or continuation of hearing.

§ 164-169 Criteria for determination.

§ 164-170 Conditions for grant of special exceptions.

§ 164-171 Other restrictions; remedies.

§ 164-172 Decisions.

§ 164-173 Effect of disapproval.

§ 164-174 Filing fees.

§ 164-175 Appeals from Board.

Article XXIII Amendments

§ 164-176 Types of amendments.

§ 164-177 Filing application.

§ 164-178 Acceptance of application.

§ 164-179 Filing fees.

§ 164-180 Contents of application.

§ 164-181 Changes to application.

§ 164-182 Map amendment sign.

§ 164-183 Referral of application to Planning Commission or Historic District Commission.

§ 164-184 Hearing examiners.

§ 164-185 Hearing procedures.

§ 164-186 Action on application.

§ 164-186.1 Action on application with additional restrictions, conditions or limitations.

§ 164-187 Decision by Common Council.

§ 164-188 Planned development.

§ 164-189 Other conditions.

§ 164-190 Appeals from Common Council.

Article XXIV Subdivision Regulations

§ 164-191 Approval required.

§ 164-192 Application for approval.

§ 164-193 General requirements.

§ 164-194 Streets.

§ 164-195 Soil removal and grading.

§ 164-196 Stormwater management.

§ 164-197 Floodplains.

§ 164-197.1 Residential cluster subdivision.

§ 164-198 Preliminary plat approval.

§ 164-199 Final plat approval.

§ 164-200 Final plat requirements.

§ 164-201 Resubdivision or minor subdivision.

§ 164-202 Additional procedures.

§ 164-203 Fees.

§ 164-204 Appeals.

Article XXV Site Plans

§ 164-205 Purpose.

§ 164-206 Applicability.

§ 164-207 Approval required.

§ 164-208 Contents of site plan.

§ 164-209 Simplified site plan.

§ 164-210 Preparation.

§ 164-211 Action on site plan.

§ 164-212 Effect of noncompliance.

§ 164-213 Fees.