Do I need a Permit ?........ YES

Home Improvement


Basement Waterproofing
Procedure used to reduce water penetrating a basement of a structure. Waterproofing involves the application of materials and/or sealants; installation of drains and possibly a sump pump to collect, remove and/or redirect water away from a basement.
Building Permit

Bulkhead
A seawall or riprap revetment constructed along shorelines to control beach erosion. Construction materials commonly used include wood pilings, commercially developed vinyl products, large boulders stacked to form a wall, or a seawall built of concrete or another hard substance.
Building Permit

Carport
A roofed, open-sided accessory structure used to offer protection, usually to vehicles.  The structure can either be free standing or attached to a primary structure.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Cellular Antenna
A device used for transmitting, receiving, and supporting cellular telecommunications or personal communications service.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Cellular Tower
A tower constructed for or an existing structure that has been adapted for the location of transmission antennae or related equipment to be used in the provision of cellular telecommunications services or personal communications services.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Grading Permit

Commercial Addition
Improving or increasing the square footage of an existing commercial space.  Additions to any building or structure shall comply with building requirements of County Code for new construction.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Mechanical Permit
Grading Permit
Plumbing Permit

Commercial Alteration
Altering in any way the existing structure of a commercial building including demolition, addition, or renovation of the structure.  Alterations to an existing building or structure shall be built in accordance with County Building Codes.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Mechanical Permit
Plumbing Permit

Commercial Bulkhead
A seawall or riprap revetment constructed along shorelines to control beach erosion. Construction materials commonly used include wood pilings, commercially developed vinyl products, large boulders stacked to form a wall, or a seawall built of concrete or another hard substance.  
Building Permit
Grading Permit

Commercial Demolition
The tearing-down of a commercial building or other structure and related handling operations.
Building Permit
Grading Permit

Commercial New Building
New construction of a structure to be used as a business.   
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Mechanical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Grading Permit

Commercial Pier
A raised structure typically supported by pilings that allows tides and currents to flow relatively unhindered.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Commercial Pool
A swimming pool available for public use.  Operations and maintenance are provided by a private management company.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Mechanical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Grading Permit

Commercial Tent
Temporary shelter structure used for special events, fairs, weddings, etc.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Construction / Sales Trailer
A structure (trailer) used to accommodate temporary offices during the construction of new home development.  Typically, trailers are equipped with telephone lines and electrical power. 
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Deck
A deck is usually attached to a house and is considered an addition to a home. 
Building Permit

Fence
 An outdoor structure serving as an enclosure, a barrier, or a boundary, usually made of wood posts and stakes or chain/wire.
Building Permit

Finish Basement
Interior improvements made to convert a basement into a living area.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Mechanical Permit

Garage
A garage attached to a house or primary structure is considered an addition.  If not attached, then the garage is an accessory structure. 
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Gazebo/Pergola
A gazebo is a pavilion structure, sometimes octagonal or turret-shaped, usually free- standing.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Hot Tub
A hot tub is a small pool full of heated water used for hydrotherapy, relaxation or pleasure also referred to as spas designed to be used by more than one person at a time.  Hot tubs are usually located outdoors, although they can be installed indoors.  
Electrical Permit
Building Permit

Interior Alteration
Altering in any way the interior space of a structure which includes demolition, addition, improvement or renovation of the structure.  Interior alterations shall be built in accordance with County Building Codes.   
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Mechanical Permit

Mobile Home
A mobile home is a prefabricated structure used as a permanent home.  They are often permanently or semi-permanently stationed in one place, but can be moved from one site to another.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Mechanical Permit

New Single Family Homes And New Rebuild
Demolition of existing and replacement of single family dwelling.  
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Mechanical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Grading Permit

Pier - Residential
A pier is a raised structure typically supported by pilings that allows tides and currents to flow relatively unhindered.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Pool / Spa
Extension of a swimming pool that contains heated water used for hydrotherapy or relaxation and designed to be used by more than one person at a time.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Grading Permit

Porch
A porch is usually attached to a house and is considered an addition to a primary structure.  
Electrical Permit
Building Permit

Residential Demolition
The tearing-down of a residential building or other structure and related handling operations.
Building Permit
Grading Permit

Retaining Wall
Engineered walls designed to stabilize soil, earth on steep or unstable slopes. 
Building Permit
Grading Permit

Rip Rap
Rock or other material used to protect shorelines against damaging wave action and help prevent erosion. 
Building Permit

Shed
Typically a simple, one level roofed structure used for outside storage. 
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Signs
Any writing, letter, or numeric work, pictorial presentation, illustration or decoration, emblem, device, symbol, trademark, flag, banner, pennant, or any other device, figure, or character utilized to advertise, announce, identify, or make known or attract attention.  
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Single Family Dwelling Addition
Improving or increasing the square footage of an existing residential structure.  Additions to any building or structure shall comply with building requirements of County Code for new construction.
Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Mechanical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Grading Permit

Solar
Solar cells are devices that convert light into electricity.  A solar panel is a collection of solar cells. 
Building Permit
Electrical Permit

Tenant Improvement
Improvement or renovation of whitebox space.  
Plumbing Permit
Mechanical Permit
Electrical Permit
Building Permit

Waterfront Steps
Outdoor steps constructed to provide access to shoreline.
Building Permit

Whitebox
Improving empty commercial space for future tenant use.
Electrical Permit
Building Permit

Fees
The fee for a building permit shall be based on the estimated value of work in accordance with the schedule below. In computing the estimated value, include the fair market value of all construction or work for which the permit is issued, including all painting, papering, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, permanent or fixed heating equipment, elevator equipment, fire sprinkler equipment and any other permanent portions or permanent equipment essential to the operation of the building as a building. Exclude equipment required for the manufacturing or other special occupant, land value and development cost.
 
The minimum acceptable valuation for new buildings shall be based upon the BOCA Building Evaluation Data Report as provided by the Department and revised from time to time.

 A non-refundable application fee of $25 will be added to all Building Permits
Estimated Value
Fee
$0-$3,000           $50.00
$3,001-$5,000    $60.00
$5,000-$10,000   $85.00
$10,001-$15,000  $95.00
$15,001-$20,000  $115.00
$20,001-$25,000  $140.00
Above $25,000
$140.00 plus .007 times estimated cost above $25,000


Effective July 1, 2008
 Churches and other nonprofit agencies
Churches, parsonages, eleemosynary, and community association facilities, along with fire stations on properties owned by a volunteer fire company formed pursuant to § 12-1-201 of this Code; shall be charged the minimum fee under sections 108.2.1, 108.2.3, 108.2.4, 108.2.5, and 108.2.6.
Minimum Building Permit Fee 
 $50
 Additional Information: 

A permit under which no work is commenced within one (1) year after issuance shall expire
Plumbing, electrical, mechanical and gas permits secured for the purpose of providing services for the building permitted shall run for the life of the building permit
Refunds: There is no refund on issued permits - There is a 50% refund due if the permit application is denied or withdrawn prior to issuance (maximum retainage is $1,000.00 on building permits)
Reinspection: There will be a fee of forty-dollars ($40.00) for reinspection for each call for inspection which is not ready for inspection
Home Builder Guaranty Fund - Effective January 1, 2009, Home Builders must pay a $50 fee for each new home building permit. This fund is administered by State Division of Consumer Protection. A citizen building a new home on their land for their own use who submits a Landowner Affidavit is not required to pay this fee. For more information on the Home Builders Guaranty Fund, call the State Home Builder Registration Unit at (410) 576-6573, email homebuilder@oag.state.md.us.