The County Council, sitting as the District Council, is granted authority to take action on zoning matters by the State of Maryland Regional District Act, now known as Article 28 of the Maryland Annotated Code. The Prince George's County Zoning Ordinance, Subtitle 27 of the County Code, sets forth specific procedures for filing, processing and making decisions on the various types of cases decided by the Council. Additionally, the District Council Rules of Procedure, adopted and amended by Council Resolution, further structure the way in which cases are heard before the Council.
Persons or entities wishing to build or develop land in Prince George's County are permitted to do so by submitting application to the County via the Prince George's County Planning Department. Every application follows a process, which may vary according to the type of application, from filing to the final decision. However, most cases that come before the District Council of a development nature are in the form of an appeal from either the Zoning Hearing Examiner or the Planning Board.