Forest Conservation Plan
A Forest Conservation Plan (FCP) is a document that outlines the specific strategies for retaining, protecting, and reforesting or afforesting areas on a site, pursuant to the 1991 Maryland Forest Conservation Act.
- A Forest Conservation Plan Exemption (FCPE) application may be submitted prior to the submittal of a Sketch, Preliminary, Site, or Administrative Subdivision Plan. If confirmed, the Exemption allows the Sketch, Preliminary, Site, or Administrative Subdivision Plan to proceed without an associated FCP.
- If your property or project does not qualify for an FCP Exemption, you must submit and receive approval of an Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) application before submitting a Forest Conservation Plan concurrently with either the Sketch, Preliminary Plan, Site Plan, or Administrative Subdivision Plan.
In instances where forest conservation law must be met but an associated development plan is not required (such as for Sediment Control Permits), FCPs may also be submitted as standalone applications (i.e. not associated with a Sketch, Preliminary, Site, or Administrative Subdivision Plan).
Development Review Committee (DRC):
FCPs go to DRC if they are concurrent with a Preliminary, Site, or Administrative Subdivision Plan. If the FCP is submitted as a standalone application for Sediment Control, it does not go to DRC.
Forest Conservation Plans are approved by the Planning Board with conditions that are binding on applicable private and public development, and certain land disturbing activity. Standalone FCPs are approved or rejected by Planning Staff.
Forest Conservation Plan fees vary by project specifications. Consult page 1 of our fee schedule to determine fee.
Submitted as concurrent with a Sketch Plan: Planning Board Hearing must take place within 90 days of intake acceptance.
Submitted as concurrent with a Site or Preliminary Plan: Planning Board Hearing must take place within 120 days of intake acceptance.
Submitted as concurrent with an Administrative Subdivision Plan: Must be reviewed with the plan and approved no later than approval of the record plat.
Submitted by itself for Sediment Control purposes: Must be reviewed, or approved within 45 days of intake acceptance.
FCPs may be amended. Before submitting an amendment application, applicants must meet with planning staff and receive an amendment checklist that outlines the required submission items.
Fill out this application form and email the PDF to APPLY@montgomeryplanning.org. Once our team has received the application and entered it into our system, the primary contact listed on the application form will be asked to upload files to ePlans.
- Forest Conservation Plan – Intake Checklist (NEW – Applicants must submit as part of application)
- Forest Conservation Plan – Application Form
- Fee Schedule and Worksheet
- Bill 25-22: Amendment to the Forest Conservation Law Effective April 3, 2023
- Map of Priority Areas for Forest Conservation
- Selection of Priority Watersheds for Forest Conservation
- Forest Conservation Land Use Categories and Thresholds
- Forest Conservation Plan – Applicant Guide (Previously known as Upload Checklist)
- Forest Conservation Developer’s Certificate
- Root-pruning Detail
- Tree Protection Fence Detail
- Permanent FC Easement Signage Detail
- Inspection Schedule Detail
- Forest Conservation Sequence of Events
- Forest Conservation Worksheet – Outside Same/Priority Watershed/SPA/PMA
- Forest Conservation Worksheet – Within Same/Priority Watershed/SPA/PMA
- Forest Conservation Data Table
- Forest Conservation Offsite Maintenance and Management Agreement
- Forest Conservation Onsite Maintenance and Management Agreement
- Forest Conservation Offsite Maintenance and Management Agreement – for FCPs Approved Prior to 2/22/21
- Forest Conservation Onsite Maintenance and Management Agreement – for FCPs Approved Prior to 2/22/21
- Forest Conservation Signs
- FCP Notice Letter
- FCP Amendment Notice Letter
- FCP Notice Letter – No Hearing
- FCP Sign Template – No Hearing
Guides and Tools
- ePlans Applicant User Guide
- Forest Conservation Law
- Forest Conservation Tree Regulations
- Trees Technical Manual
- Montgomery County Environmental Guidelines
- Flow Charts for applicable Forest Conservation provisions
- Forest Conservation Financial Securities
- Payment in Lieu of Forest Planting
- Category I Easement Agreement Template
- Category II Easement Agreement Template
- FC Law Applicability for Conditional Uses
- FC Law Applicability for Pre-July 1991 Plans
- FC Law Applicability – N Exemption
- FC Law Applicability – S Exemption
- FC Law Applicability – T Exemption
- Forest Conservation Bank Submission Requirements
- List of Native Trees and Shrubs