Doors to the Permit Center

NOTICE:  MHIC Procedure Changes

Effective November 1, 2017, Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) license holders are required to follow the procedure indicated below:

• Submit a letter on company letterhead from the MHIC licensed contractor indicating:  MHIC license number; date of letter; MHIC licensed contractor’s name and signature; and list of person(s) authorized to obtain permits with their license.  

• The identification of each contractor and their designee will be verified to ensure validity of license and authorization by the MHIC licensed contractor.

Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please call 301-636-2050.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Application Requirement Change for New Commercial Building Construction Projects

Effective Monday, July 10, 2017, plans for ALL NEW commercial building construction projects are required to be submitted through the County’s electronic plan review system (ePlan).

Visit Online Permit Services on DPIE’s website to: access the online portal, submit building permit application(s) directly into the County’s Permitting System, and select the ePlan option on the application so plans can be electronically submitted for review.

Training for using the ePlan system is provided on the third Thursday of every month and may be scheduled through Robin McLean at ePlan user guides are available at

If you have any questions, please contact the Permitting and Licensing Division at 301-636-2050, or send an e-mail.

Building Permit Applications Completed Online

As of July 1, 2016, Building Permit applications must be completed online. Please go to; enter the information directly into the County’s Permitting System; and print three (3) copies of the computer-generated application prior to visiting the Permits Center. (Printers are NOT available onsite for customers.)

Revisions and applications for blocks of Building Permits that include more than four (4) case numbers will continue to be accepted for processing using the appropriate forms (i.e., Application for Building Plan Examination and Permit, Transmittal, Sign Permit Application and/or Volume Form).

If you have questions about the process, please call 301-636-2050.
Permit Types
The Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) issues the following types of permits: residential building, commercial building, building trade, use and occupancy, temporary use and occupancy, raze, signs and site/road permits.

Permit Requirements

Depending on the type of permit, you are required to have 3 site plans and 3 sets of building plans. For Use and Occupancy and cases that do not need building plans, you still are required to have 3 site plans.

Permits are required for all construction projects, as well as for installation or construction of:
  • Antennae
  • Billboards
  • Carports
  • Certain Fences
  • Chairlifts
  • Chimneys
  • Escalators
  • Installation or renovation of certain electrical devices and wiring
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wood Burning Stoves
Structural and site plans must be submitted with a permit application in order to move the permit process forward.


Fees associated with each type of permit vary and can be found on the Bonds and Fees page.