Stoops and Porches

Stoops and porches differ from patios and decks in that they are usually a means of gaining access to an elevated point of entrance to a structure ( i.e. , a back door that is above grade). Stoops are usually built of brick, block, stone or concrete. All stoops over eight inches in height will require a building permit.

If you intend to construct a stoop or porch, with the exception of the at-grade masonry stoop mentioned above, you must apply for a building permit. To apply, submit structural plans and site plans showing existing and proposed structure location(s), including well and/or septic (if applicable). 

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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