Montgomery Parks is composed of over 36,000 acres containing approximately 490 miles of streams and over 29,000 acres of open and environmentally preserved spaces that provide valuable wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Our mission is to protect and interpret these valuable natural and cultural resources; balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation; offer a variety of enjoyable recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles; and provide clean, safe, and accessible places for leisure-time activities.
Projects proposed by external government agencies, public utilities, non-profits, private developers, etc. that have direct impacts to parkland must go through the Concept Review Process (see Resources section at the top-right corner of this page) prior to applying for a Park Construction Permit (see below for more details) and undergoing Technical Review. The Concept Review Process evaluates whether projects proposed on Parkland align with Montgomery County Parks’ Mission to steward natural and cultural resources, further recreational amenities, and abide by all applicable local, state, and federal policies.
Through this process, Park Staff will work with the applicant to understand the scope of the work, determine if the impacts to parkland are avoidable or can be minimized, and if not, what mitigation or compensation will be required for the impact. The policy for Parks in the 2017 PROS Master Plan Update outlines this approach and, where applicable, describes how non-park-use of park property is not permitted unless the Montgomery County Planning Board deems it to be in the public interest.
After completion of the Concept Review Process, the applicant must apply for a Park Construction Permit to initiate the technical review. The Park Development Division of the M-NCPPC Department of Parks issues permits approving work proposed on properties owned or managed by Parks and on properties to be dedicated to the M-NCPPC.
To streamline the permit application process for the applicant and the Park’s Department, we have created an online submittal via ePlans. Please click on the links below to see the procedures, user guide, and online training.
Below are various links to useful County resources.