In addition to construction plans, other examples of projects requiring permits include installation or construction of chimneys, billboards, carports, chairlifts, escalators, swimming pools, wood burning stoves, certain fences, antennae, and installation or renovation of certain electrical devices and wiring. Applicants must submit structural and site plans with the application. Application fees are set in accordance with the County Code and the nature of the project.
The permit application must be reviewed for approval by the County and State agencies. This occurs when part(s) of a particular construction plan include environmental, health and/or safety matters governed by agencies other than the Department of Permitting Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE), those agencies include the Health Department, the Soil Conservation District (SCD), the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). Representatives from these agencies are now accessible in DPIE.
Permits and Licensing Section
Office: (301) 883-5987
General Permit Information Line: (301) 883-5776
The Permits Administration Section operates and manages the County Permits Office, including providing residential and commercial customers with the information needed to submit permit application and plans, distributing permit application and plans to agencies responsible for review, and issuance of permits for approved applications and plans. Other services provided by this Section include:
- Providing permit application and processing status;
- Storing, maintaining, and archiving permit applications and plans; and
- Preparing and distributing brochures and other public information on permits.