Stoop & Porch


Building Permit applications are completed online. Please go to the Online Permit Applications and enter the information directly into the County’s Permitting System.

Constructing a Stoop or Porch

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., an entrance door that is above grade). Stoops usually are built of brick, block, stone or concrete. All stoops over eight inches in height require a Building Permit.

If you intend to construct a stoop or porch, with the exception of the at-grade masonry stoop referenced above, a Building Permit must be obtained. Site plans showing existing and proposed structure location(s), including well and/or septic (if applicable), must be submitted. Structural plans also are required.

If your home is 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 that a contractor licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission is used.