Building Permits

All permit applications are taken between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday through Friday in the Code Administration Office on the third floor of City Hall. 

Adopted Code


IBC 2015 image
IRC 2015 image
2015 IBC & IRC with local amendments

Residential Sprinkler Requirements for New One or Two Family Home Building Permit
Maryland State Law


Permits applied for after January 1, 2016
All new one and two family homes shall have a residential sprinkler system.

Building Permits are required for:

  • Additions
  • All new buildings (excluding storage sheds not greater than 100 square feet in size)
  • Decks
  • Other structures
  • Pools greater than 24 inches in depth
  • Porch enclosures
  • Renovations involving structural modifications, fire-rated construction, or changes in floor plans
  • Retaining walls
Work Exempt from Building Permits

Building permits are not available online and can only be applied for in person. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Information Included
Building Permit Applications should include all of the following:
  • Detailed Information / Drawings
  • Plot Plan
  • Three Sets of Plans

Required Documents

At the time of building permit application one or more of the following may be required:

Contractor License

Contractor license is required for the following projects:
  • All projects located on a Commercial Use Property
  • All signs
  • All structures with 3 or more dwellings
Contractor License Application

Process Time

Building permits are usually issued approximately two-three weeks after a complete application is submitted, but processing time may take longer if application is incomplete or project is more complex.

Small Residential Projects may qualify for Next Day Building Permits.