Permits are required for all construction projects, as well as for 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. Structural and site plans must be submitted with a permit application in order to move the permit process forward. Application fees are set in accordance with the County Code and nature of the project.
Once submitted, the permit application is reviewed by the applicable County, State or other appropriate agencies for approval, as required if a particular construction plan includes environmental, health and/or safety matters governed by agencies other than the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE). These agencies could include the Health Department, Soil Conservation District (SCD), Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M–NCPPC) or State Highway Administration. Representatives from these agencies are now or soon will be accessible in DPIE.
General Permit Information Line: 301.883.5776
The Permits Section operates and manages
the County Permits Center, which entails providing residential and commercial customers with the information needed to submit permit applications and plans, distributing permit applications and plans to agencies responsible for review, and issuing
permits for approved applications and plans. Other services provided by the Permits 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.