The Hearing Examiner, appointed by the County Council, may hear any cases falling within the authority of the Board of Appeal.  The Hearing Examiners hears and decides variances, conditional uses, nonconforming uses, and appeals of departmental administrative decisions. Decisions of the Hearing Examiner may be appealed to the Board of Appeals. 
 In 2021, the County Council passed CB 77, which allowed the Hearing Examiner to served in a fact-finding capacity for Zoning Board cases.  The Hearing Examiner will begin serving its fact-finding role in the summer of 2023.  

Board Administrator Information

George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
Kel Berg at (410) 313-3114 or (410) 313- 2395
[email protected]

Persons needing accommodations to fully participate in the meeting, please contact the Council Office, 410-313-2001 or email [email protected]


**Please note if you wish to testify (in Opposition, in Support, or Undecided) there will be sheets at the entrance of the Banneker Room to provide your information. If you wish to testify (in Opposition, in Support, or Undecide) and are only attending virtually via Webex Webinar, you will be called upon at the hearing.

For any clarification or questions please call the Board Administrator.



Hearing Examiner Members

  • Katherine Taylor, Esq.
  • Joyce Nichols, Esq.


Hearing Examiner Cases

Click on the Case Number to review a specific case. 

Case Number Year Filed  Petitioner Location Status 
BA 23-005N 2023  Jose Roberto Nataren 15491 Roxbury Road SCHEDULED
BA 22-023C&V  2022  Maryland International School, Inc: Motion for Reconsideration 6135 Old Washington Road SCHEDULED
BA 23-006V 2023 Kyle Thompson Stull 15865 Mullinix Road SCHEDULED
BA 796D 2023  Michelle & Bradley Kline, et al. 5819 Lawyers Hill Road SCHEDULED
BA 22-033V 2022 Shree Hari Krishna, LLC 8640 Vintage Earth Path SCHEDULED
BA 22-035C 2023 Pleasant Development, LLC 24012 Frederick Road, Suite 200 SCHEDULED