Gazebos are generally covered, deck-type leisure structures which are detached from the principal structure. As with sheds, gazebos with floor plans measuring less than 150 square feet can be placed on timber skids but must be properly anchored to provide stability and reduce susceptibility to overturning. Gazebos exceeding the aforementioned limitations will require a permanent foundation. To erect a gazebo of any size, 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.

Electrical work for gazebos 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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