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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Record Plat


A Record Plat is a plan drawing prepared by a licensed land surveyor that depicts an approved subdivision or assemblage of land and associated easements or restrictions.  Once approved, plats are recorded in the Land Records of Montgomery County.  Record Plats must be recorded before any new lots can be sold and building permits released.

Forest Conservation:

Compliance with the Montgomery County Forest Conservation Law (Chapter 22A), in the form of an approved Forest Conservation Plan or determination of Forest Conservation Plan Exemption, is required in order to obtain approval of a Record Plat.  Any required Forest Conservation Easements must be established prior to recordation of the plat.

Development Review Committee (DRC):

Record Plats do not go to DRC.

Decision Type:

Record Plats are typically approved by the Planning Board.


Record Plat applications cost $3,200.

Review Time:

Planning Department staff must make a recommendation on a record plat application within 90 days of application acceptance.  The Planning Board must take action on the record plat within 30 days of the final plat (mylar) submittal.


Record Plats may not be amended.  You may only revise a Record Plat via submission and recordation of a new Record Plat.

Application Instructions

Complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out an online application. Enter basic plan information, such as applicant name and property address, found on the traditional application form.
  2. ePlans: After applying, log into ePlans and upload documents and drawings. ePlans will generate emails to applicants prompting when to pay fees, what revisions are requested, when Development Review Committee and Planning Board dates are scheduled, when to upload or download documents, etc.

Essential Documents

Guides and Tools