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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
2012 IBC with local amendments
2012 IRC with local amendments
Effective September 1, 2015 - 2015 IBC & IRC with local amendments

Residential Sprinkler Requirements for New One or Two Family Home Building Permit
Maryland State Law
Permits applied for between July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015
                Until December 31, 2015, The City of Hagerstown has specific exceptions to the 
                Residential Code which may qualify your project for a sprinkler system exemption.
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.