Building Permits

All permit applications are taken in the Code Administration Office on the third floor of City Hall between the following hours:
Monday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

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 8:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
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.