Welcome to the Town of Oxford


The Commissioners of Oxford are considering acquisition of land in support of the Historic Commercial District. A Public Hearing will be held for Ordinance 2114 at their regular meeting to be held on January 11, 2022. Depending on the rate of transmission of Covid 19 in Talbot County, this meeting may be held virtually. The determination will be made closer to the meeting dated, but the option to participate virtually will be provided even if the meeting is held in person.


Link to view Ordinance 2114 Acquisition

Talbot County Health Department is now providing “Booster” shots Monday through Friday – see the poster below for location and times. 

COVID Vaccine for children 5-11 years are also available. Call 410-819-5641 to sign up for children’s vaccines. 
For the most recent Public Notices, Request for Proposals and Notices of Public Hearings: Public Notices


Although the Oxford Commissioners and all Oxford Boards had transitioned to IN PERSON MEETINGS at the beginning of the summer, all meetings have gone back to VIRTUAL or partially virtual meetings for everyone’s safety. Please check meeting dates and agendas on this website for Virtual links to join the meetings. Information regarding town office operations can be found below the following Health Department information. 

Talbot County Health Department

November 12, 2021
Talbot Community Transmission Rate: 244.75​​​ (=total cases in past 7 days per 100,000 people). Our case rate remains in the HIGH category. Wearing a mask in indoor settings is recommended for everyone, both unvaccinated and vaccinated, in areas of “Substantial” (rate >50) and “High” risk (rate >100).  The number of new cases has decreased overall since the peak of the delta surge in late September, but has unfortunately been increasing since the end of October.​​​​
In the past week, there have been 91​​ new COVID cases in Talbot County. All of these are presumed to be the delta variant.  Being fully vaccinated with a COVID vaccine is highly protective against infection with the delta variant of coronavirus.​
Currently only 67.4% of Talbot residents are fully vaccinated, which means about 12,000 county residents are not fully vaccinated. Many of these are children who either just became eligible (the 2645 children aged 5-11) or are still not eligible (the 1734 children under age 5). However, the majority of unvaccinated Talbot residents are adults or adolescents above the age of 11. ​
New COVID cases in the ​past month: 334
  • 75% 18 and over
  • 15% age 65 and over
  • 36% under 18
  • 25% under age 12 5-11 year olds became eligible for vaccination only recently on 11/3/21)​
Hospitalization Data: 
There were 19 Talbot residents hospitalized during the month ending 11/19​/21. 
14 of the 19 hospitalized patients were admitted at hospitals outside of the Eastern Shore. 
Vaccination status of hospitalized:  
Unvaccinated: 13  (68%)
Partially vaccinated: 1
Fully vaccinated: 5​
Age status of hospitalized: 
  • ​​65 years and older: 6​
  • ​40 – 64 years old: 7
  • 18 – 39 years old : 5
  • <18 years old: 1
Talbot Community Transmission Rate:   244.75
(total cases in past 7 days per 100,000 people)​​​

Due to the high level of COVID transmission in Talbot County, the town office has implemented additional precautions for the protection of residents and staff.

Visitors will be seen for the purpose of conducting necessary business by appointment only.

  • Mail can be dropped in the mail slot to the left of the front door or in the file box inside the lobby when it is open
  • Building permit applications and plans can be dropped in the file box located outside the front door
  • Please leave packages to the right of the front door
  • Building Permit Applications can be download from the town website: www.oxfordmd.net

The staff is available by telephone and email, with email being the preferred method of contact for questions and permitting information:       

 Town Office 410-226-5122 // Urgent Issues 443-496-1761

 For police and all emergency issues dial 911

Information regarding town meetings and virtual links to participate can be found on this website under events and under government agendas. 

Social Distancing protocols are in place and it is requested that visitors wear a mask when inside the town building.



The Hurricane Season ends on November 30th and this would be as good a time as any to make sure you are prepared before the next season. Visit Ready.Gov to learn more about the risk Hurricanes poses and the advance planning that will keep you and your family safe. Local information can be found at the links below:

Oxford Hurricane Preparation

Talbot County Emergency Services Hurricane Information 







The Town of Oxford is pleased to have available the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2020. This report is designed to inform you of the quality of water and services that the town delivers to you every day. The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2020 was mailed with the quarterly water bill and can also be found here: CCR 2020

If you live in Oxford’s service area, but do not receive a water bill, you can also pick up a hard copy at the Town Office at 101 Market Street.

For the most recent Notices of Public Hearings and Request for ProposalsPublic Notices/Public Hearings

Other town news and information can be found below and at: News, Calendar and Town Information

Recent Information concerning ongoing efforts to build resilience for Oxford can be found here: Oxford Shoreline Improvements

Information regarding Oxford’s Economic Development efforts can be found here: Oxford Economic Development

The Commissioners of Oxford have established the R Gordon Graves Community Service Scholarship Program, in honor of former Commissioner Gordon Graves, open to all Talbot County Students pursuing post high school education, college or vocational. The chosen applicant/s will receive award/s of $500 to be used towards books and supplies for their post high school education.

More information and the student application form can be found at this link:


Citizens and businesses wishing to make contributions to the fund in honor of Gordon, should address their check to the Town of Oxford and note in the Memo:  Graves Scholarship Fund. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 339, Oxford, MD 21654 or dropped off at the town office.  

New to Oxford? 

NEW!  Text to 911 is now available for Emergencies  Talbot County Emergency Services has just announced that in an Emergency when you cannot make an audio call, you can now Text a message to 911. (This service has been set up with the following carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.) 

Complete copies of all ordinances, meeting minutes, maps, and other town records are maintained in the Oxford Town Office. This website, and the partial records shown on this website, are provided as a convenience only. This website is not a repository of official public records of the Town of Oxford.