Whether attached or detached, garages are usually self-contained in that they are closed off from the elements and can be secured to prevent access. Regardless of the finished size, garages require permanent foundations.

The details and restrictions for garages discussed in this section also apply to the construction of covered or enclosed boat storage facilities on residential lots. If you intend to construct one of these structures, you must obtain a building permit and submit site plans showing existing and proposed structure location(s), including well and/or septic (if applicable). Structural plans are also required.

If a garage requires changes to an existing driveway apron or the construction of a new driveway apron, a separate permit from the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation must be obtained.

The addition or extension of electrical wiring in attached garages will require an application for an electrical permit by a Master Electrician licensed with Prince George’s County.

If you are located in a subdivision with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), a separate approval from the HOA may be necessary. Unless erected by the homeowner, all home improvement projects require a contractor who is licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.


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