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Prior to Moving Into a New Building Or Existing Building - Permit Requirements: 


Building Permit Required- New Building: A building permit is required prior to occupancy in new buildings. 


Building Permit Required - Existing Building:  A building permit is required prior to occupancy in existing buildings if a new tenant moves into an existing building or tenant space.


After the building permit is obtained, the Fire Marshal and Building Inspector must inspect the building or space in accordance with the permit and issue approval for occupancy.


Occupancy is not allowed without inspection and approval by the Fire Marshal and the Building Official.


For questions,  contact the building official at (410)-222-7730 or the Fire Marshal at (410) 222-7884.


It is strongly suggested that prospective business owners or tenants consult with a design professional to evaluate a building or space for its intended use prior to purchase or lease and to also assist with the building permit application.


Prior to initiating this process, the property must have the proper zoning for the use.


Questions regarding application procedures and plan requirements for a building permit should be directed to the Department of Inspections and Permits, Permit Center. They can be reached at (410) 222-7730.  


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Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 | Tele: (410) 222-7000