Sheds are primarily used for secondary storage and as small workshops. They are closed off and protected from the elements and generally can be secured to prevent access. Residential-use sheds with floor plans less than 150 square feet can be placed on timber skids but must be properly anchored to provide stability and reduce susceptibility to overturning. No building permit or plans are required, and only one shed per lot is allowed without a permit.

To erect a shed that is greater than 150 square feet requires a permanent foundation. 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 sheds 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.


For applicable forms visit Forms and Checklists.

The following plans are required to apply for a shed permit:

  •  Three (3) Site/Plot Plans that indicate the location
  •  Two (2) Building Plans (Structural)