Board of Appeals (BOA)


Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Board of Appeals is a three-member board that reviews applications for variances, special exceptions and expansion or replacement of non-conforming uses. It has the authority to:

  • Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the enforcement of ordinances adopted under Section 4-305 of the Land use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
  • Hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Grant variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance.


Each case is presented before the Board at a scheduled public hearing; applicants are notified of the date of their public hearing when the application is filed. 

Cases are heard  by three Board members and their legal counsel.

Additional meetings are scheduled as necessary.

Board of Appeals public hearings are held at 9:00 a.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.


175 Main St., Prince Frederick, 2nd floor of the Circuit Courthouse. Parking is located to the rear of the Circuit Courthouse, at the County Services Plaza, and elsewhere on Main Street. 

Some meetings may be held over Zoom for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 BOA Meeting Schedule

January 2, 2020
February 6, 2020
March 5, 2020
May 14, 2020- TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM
May 28, 2020- TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM
June 4, 2020- TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM
July 2, 2020- TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM
August 6, 2020- TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM
September 3, 2020- TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM
October 1, 2020
November 5, 2020
December 3, 2020

Open Meeting Statement

The Calvert County Board of Appeals complies with the Open Meetings Act. 

BOA Members

Name District Term Expiration
Susan D. Hance-Wells, Chair 2 04/30/2022
Daniel O. Baker, Jr., Vice Chair 2 09/30/2022
John R. Ward, Member 3 09/30/2021
Marcia P. Claggett, Alternate Member 3 07/31/2022
Thomas H. Ireland, Alternate Member 2 09/30/2022
Lisa Smith Sanders, Esq., Board Counsel    

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Appeals, please refer to the Volunteer Boards and Commissions web page.