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Plan Review

Plan Review is responsible for verifying the designs submitted for construction under a permit complies with the Anne Arundel County Building Code and Ordinances. This page provides information about the review process, guidelines and specific submission details.

Plan Review Metrics (coming soon)

Minimum Submission Requirements

Seal and Stamp Requirements for Document Submittal

Design Elements Needing Special Inspections

IBC 2018 Chapter 17, Section 1705 identifies elements that require special inspection. The design professional must identify on the plan cover sheet whether or not special inspection is required for the project. The special inspections reports must be submitted at inspections, prior to final inspection. Submit reports to [email protected]

Local Design Load Criteria

Flood Plain Requirements

The Elevation Certificate is required in order to properly rate Post-FIRM buildings, which are buildings constructed after publication of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), located in flood insurance Zones A1–A30, AE, AH, A (with BFE), VE, V1–V30, V (with BFE), AR, AR/A, AR/AE, AR/A1–A30, AR/AH, and AR/AO. The Elevation Certificate is not required for Pre-FIRM buildings unless the building is being rated under the optional Post-FIRM flood insurance rules.

Certificate is required to be on site for new building and addition and presented to inspector for:

  • Preliminary building framing inspection
  • Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing underground and ground slab inspections.

A completed FEMA Final Certificate is required to be on site for final inspection and prior to issuance of Certificate of Occupancy.

Common Rejection Reasons

Project Specific Guidelines

Following are several specific guidelines available to assist you with design requirements as well as with the permit and inspection process. These documents and guides are for reference only. Please see appropriate code for complete requirements. All submissions are subjected to county plan review and inspections for final approval. 

Need a Consultation

Connect with plan review staff to answer quick and easy code questions or to collaborate with the design team of large or complex projects. Schedule your virtual appointment via [email protected]. Provide a list of your questions and agenda items. Staff will determine best medium for communication based on complexity of project.

For General Inquiries and Questions regarding plan review, please email: [email protected] or call (410) 222-7790

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