Board of Appeals


The Board of Appeals hears and decides variances, special exceptions, cases involving non-conforming uses and appeals of departmental administrative decisions.  All decisions are based strictly on standards in the Development Regulations.  The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:00 at Town Hall located at 39 N. Hickory Avenue, when action is required.  

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The Standard on Bond application is not currently scheduled for Board of Appeals. 


The Board of Appeals is a five member body appointed by the Board of Town Commissioners to three-year terms. The board acts in a quasi-judicial role as dictated by the State of Maryland Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. Members must be a town resident and serve without compensation. Powers and duties  

To contact the Board with questions, please email  

PLEASE NOTE: Any opinions expressed regarding a particular case will need to be presented in person at the Board of Appeals meeting. 

Current Board

  • Richard "Rick" E. Gerety, Chair
  • Greg Adolph, Vice Chair
  • Rob Preston
  • Shannon K. Abel
  • Charmian Hess


The primary focus of the Board is to decide on development that is considered special or unique to the location.


 For more information or if you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the Bel Air Planning Department at 410-638-4540.