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Sergiu Gil, Real Estate Pro in Annapolis, MD

Can a large lot (with a house on it) be divided in Bethesda and if so what is the minimum size for this to be allowed?

Asked by Sergiu Gil, Annapolis, MD Sun Jul 29, 2012

We are considering buying a house in Bethesda that sits on a 0.48ac lot and wanted to know if it is legal to divide the lot and build a second house on it and if so what is the minimum size of the lot for this to be permitted.

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Dear New Home Purchaser,
Good question! You can check with Montgomery County Park and Planning Department to get the answer.

In the meantime, have you already selected a new house floor plan? Sometimes, it's best to do that first. There's nothing worse than buying a home site only to find out later that your dream house won't fit on it.

Also, besides the lot and custom home prices, make sure to budget for interest-carry on your construction-permanent loan and the various site costs (clearing trees, laying driveway, connecting to utilities, etc.) which can range $20,000 - $120,000 depending on the home site you select.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 25, 2012
The best place to get your answer is to talk with the folks at Park and Planning in Silver Spring. Go in person so they can get out their land records. They will look at the immediate area to see if there is a precedence for the subdivision and to tell you if it might work. You'll still need to go through the process to request an actual subdivision and you may run into issues with the neighbors not being so keen on it...

A good architect who works in the area will also be very familiar with the zoning restrictions and what might be possible in lot coverage. They are worth the money invested before you make any purchasing decisions.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2012
Gil, if you can subdivide your lot, doesn't mean you should. There are a lot of considerations before you subdivide. You should get all the facts before you embark on the project.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2012
This is what you are looking for:


This document (found on the mctx.org site) lists applicable setback requirements, lot coverage ratios, etc.

There are plenty of singel family homes built in Bethesda on less than .15 acres so the subdivision in theory is doable. However, the county can always require special conditions with any project above and beyond the basic requirements. (i.e. storm water runoff control, etc.)

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2012
First I would check the zonning for this specific property. Next, I would go to talk to Park and Planning to to find out if there is a chance to get it subdivided. They will know if the answer is positive and what you would need to do.
Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2012
It depends on the zoning in the neighborhood and the size of the typical lots on the street.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2012
You'll need to do some extensive research with the county to get your answers related to that specific property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2012
Call the Park & Planning office in Silver Spring. They can give you an answer based on the specific property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2012
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