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

With the exception of a roof cover, carports are exposed to the elements much like a lean-to structure. The front, back and sides may be left open or screened with latticework for improved aesthetics. All carports must have permanent foundations.

The Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) has specific requirements for the form and content of every home improvement contract provided by the MHIC licensed contractor. Be sure you are familiar with those requirements before signing any home improvement contract. Home Improvement contractors must be licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC). For any questions pertaining to contract contents, what constitutes a home improvement, or the professional standing of a specific home improvement contractor, contact the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) at (410) 230–6309 or visit their web site at


Carport Construction

The details and restrictions for carports found in this section also are applicable to the construction of covered or enclosed boat storage facilities on residential lots.


Plans and Drawings Requirements

If constructing one of these structures, the following documents and plans are required:

  • Building Permit
  • Site Plans — Show existing and proposed structure location(s), including well and/or septic (if applicable)
  • Structural Plans

Electrical work for carports requires an application for an Electrical Permit by a Master Electrician licensed by the State of Maryland.

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.