Maryland Aviation Administration Airport Zoning Permit
The purpose of the Airport Zoning Permit (AZP) is to identify land uses, obstructions, and wildlife attractants that are incompatible with airport operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall) and Martin State Airport (MTN).
a) Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 11.03.06, “Airport Zoning Regulations”
An applicant must obtain an approved AZP from the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) prior to obtaining county permits for projects within an Airport Noise Zone and/or Airport Zoning District (An area defined as a four (4) mile radius of BWI Marshall or a three point three (3.3) mile radius of MTN).
Applicants must submit a completed AZP to the MAA, Division of Airport Facilities Planning via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, facsimile (410-859-7082), or regular mail at P.O. Box 8766, BWI Marshall Airport, MD 21240-0766. The application shall include the following information:
In addition, the following documents should accompany each application:
AIRPORT ZONING PERMIT REVIEW PROCESS
The AZP applications are reviewed for the following:
AIRPORT ZONING PERMIT DENIAL/APPEAL
Maryland law dictates that an applicant be denied approval if the proposed land use is found to be incompatible with Airport Development Plans, the Airport Noise Zone or if the proposed structure or construction equipment poses a possible hazard to aircraft. In the event of a denial, the applicant will be notified that they may petition the Board of Airport Zoning Appeals (BAZA, or Board) for a variance from the regulations. The Board meets approximately once a month in accordance with a published schedule. There are deadlines for petition submittals for each meeting. The deadlines are determined by requirements to publish the meeting agenda in the Maryland Register in advance of each meeting. Once an applicant has submitted a petition, it may take 60-90 days before the case is presented before BAZA.
Airport Noise Zone Regulations
Applicants requesting a variance from the Airport Noise Zone Regulations must complete MAA Form 176A, Petition to the Board.
Applicants requesting a variance from the Obstruction Regulations must complete MAA Form 176B, Petition to the Board.
If an applicant is required to file FAA Form 7460-1 and MAA Form 176B, Petition to BAZA, these filings may be done concurrently. However, if the applicant has not received the FAA Determination one week prior to the scheduled hearing date, the case will be postponed until the next scheduled BAZA hearing after receiving the FAA Determination. The MAA staff shall notify the applicant if any additional documents are required.
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received and normally can be completed within two (2) weeks. However, during heavy application periods, processing can take more time.
Permits requiring review and coordination of stormwater management plans, landscaping plans, FAA Determinations and/or a variance from BAZA may take 90 days or longer.
AIRPORT ZONING PERMIT APPROVAL
Once the evaluation process has been completed and the AZP can be approved, the applicant will receive an email copy or facsimile of the approval letter, which will also be sent via email or facsimile to the appropriate county Planning and Zoning office. Original copies of the approval letter will also be sent to the applicant via regular mail.
TALL STRUCTURES OTHER THAN BWI AND MTN
For more information on construction of tall structures other than at BWI or MTN, please visit the Maryland Regional Aviation website.
In some cases, BAZA may issue conditions in granting of a variance by requiring additional items such as the addition of sound insulation components to buildings within the Certified Noise Zone.
Please contact the MAA, Division of Airport Facilities Planning at 410-859-7692 or 410-859-7070.