A shed, outhouse, outbuilding or shack is typically a simple, single-story roofed structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies or as a workshop. Sheds vary considerably in the complexity of their construction and their size, from small open-sided tin-roofed structures to large wood-framed sheds with shingled roofs, windows and electrical outlets. The main types of shed construction are metal sheathing over a metal frame, plastic sheathing and frame, all-wood construction and vinyl-sided sheds built over a wooden frame.
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Application and Supporting Documents 

Permit Applications must be entered online.


Who Can Apply

  • Owner: Property Owner name must match Maryland State Assessment records or Proof of Ownership must be submitted. Proof of Ownership: Deed and Deed Recording Receipt from Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County.
  • Agent: Applicants that are not the property owner or MHIC contractor must submit the following document:
    Homeowner Improvement Authorization Letter (PDF) 
  • Contractor: Must have Maryland Home Improvement Commission license

Plans and Drawings Requirements

Processing and Reviewing Agencies



Bring 3 copies of the entered online application, necessary support documents, and required plans and drawings to the Permit Center.
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Select "eplan" on the online application and upload required documents.
Minimum Fee: $90.00
Fee Calculation (if higher than minimum): $50 + Construction Cost x Grading Fee + $5 (M–NCPPC)
All permitting fees are assessed an additional five percent (5%) Technology Fee. Fees are subject to change based on County codes.
Following agencies' approval of plans/drawings and payment of fees, a permit is issued. A permit may be revoked if issued in error. A permit may be void if construction has not started, has been suspended or discontinued.
Modifications to the permit, plans, or drawing require a Permit Revision. Permit Revision applications cannot be entered online. The revised application, plans and drawings must be submitted in the Permits Center, using the following two forms:
If approved, permits that expire or require more time to complete, may be renewed or extended by using the following form.

Inspections must be requested and conducted at least once every six months. Visit our Inspections Division pages to schedule an inspection.
  • Only one (1) shed that is less than 150 sq. ft. can exist on a property without a permit.
  • Sheds over 150 sq. ft. require a permanent foundation and a permit.
  • If electrical service is included with the project, an Electrical Permit is required.