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Building Permit


Building Permits are required for any building construction, or alteration for any repairs involving structural replacement.  For more information about submittal requirements for specific projects, please visit the Do I need a Permit? page. 

Completed permit applications may be brought to the Permit Center:

Permit Center
2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone (410) 222-7700
Hours 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday except holidays,

Mailed to:

Attention: Permit Center
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
  • General Information
    • You must secure a Building Permit BEFORE you start work on any building construction, or alteration for any repairs involving structural replacement
    • The application must be submitted on the appropriate permit form furnished by the Permit Center.
    • Applications may be rejected and returned for failure to furnish all the necessary information as required on the application.
    • If plumbing, mechanical, or electrical work is to be installed, a separate trade permit is required.
    • County Code requires that all trade work be done under the supervision of the appropriate Master Plumber, Master Mechanic, and/or Master Electrician licensed in Anne Arundel County.
    • The approved permit must be displayed immediately in a prominent position at the site. The permit will be compared by the building inspector with his record of the approved permit.
    • The exact location where the building will be erected, demolished, repaired or altered must be given on the application.
    • The cost of construction must include present market cost of lumber and / or other materials and the full cost of labor. The full cost must be shown on the application.


  • Building Permit Phases
    There are two basic phases to the building permit process: plan review and construction inspection.

    During plan review county staff reviews the permit application and building plans for compliance with the building codes. Plan review must be completed prior to the issuance of a building permit.

    Construction inspection takes place after a building permit has been issued. A Building Inspector approves each part of the project as it progresses, checking to see that the work is done safely and in accordance with the approved plans and codes.
  • Regular vs. Walk Through Permit
    Building permits can be processed either as a “regular permit” where the plans are submitted for review, or as a “walk through permit” where the plans are reviewed at the Permit Center counter.
    • Regular Permits - After building plans are submitted, the initial plan review takes approximately three weeks for residential projects. If we can’t approve your permit, you will receive a “comment letter” stating what is wrong or missing in the application documents. Subsequent reviews will also take approximately three weeks, so please make sure your initial submittal is complete and accurate.
    • Walk Through Permits - Walk Through Permits can be processed with an on-the-spot plan check while you wait. If the plans are approved a walk through permit can be issued in a single visit. If another agency is required to provide their approval, then a return trip will be required. If the property is in the critical area or has a septic system and/or well, it cannot be processed as a walk through permit.
      Walk through permits that are likely to receive an on-the-spot plan review are:
      • Electrical, plumbing, mechanical permits
      • Patios, decks swimming pools
      • Single-story room additions less that 500 sq. ft.
      • Patio enclosures less than 500 sq ft
      • Residential garage conversions less than 500 sq. ft.
      • Carports, re-roofs
      • Residential attached or detached garages less than 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Codes and Ordinances

    The purpose of the County Building Codes is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and the public welfare by regulating the design, construction, quality of materials and use of all building and structures and to protect our environment. For questions about a particular code, please refer to the applicable code or ordinance for more detailed and accurate information.

  • Basic Steps in the Permit Process

    The following steps must be completed before a permit can be issued. We have identified the party responsible for each step in CAPITAL LETTERS.

    1. Obtain evidence of a legally owned and platted lot. CUSTOMER
    2. Determine zoning and setback requirements. CUSTOMER
    3. Complete application and submit plans to County. CUSTOMER
    4. Submit grading plan if grading permit is required. CUSTOMER
    5. Pay appropriate fees. CUSTOMER
    6. Plans are reviewed. COUNTY
    7. Correct all noted deficiencies. CUSTOMER
    8. Return plans and other requested documents to County for review. CUSTOMER
    9. Review plans and other documents and mail comment letter. COUNTY
    10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until all corrections are approved. COUNTY
    11. Prepare any required agreements, if applicable. BOTH
    12. Record signed and notarized agreements at County Courthouse. CUSTOMER
    13. Pay fees, receive permit and approved plans. CUSTOMER
    14. Post permit where work is being performed. CUSTOMER



The fee for a building permit shall be based on the estimated value of work in accordance with the schedule below. In computing the estimated value, include the fair market value of all construction or work for which the permit is issued, including all painting, papering, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, permanent or fixed heating equipment, elevator equipment, fire sprinkler equipment and any other permanent portions or permanent equipment essential to the operation of the building as a building. Exclude equipment required for the manufacturing or other special occupant, land value and development cost.
The minimum acceptable valuation for new buildings shall be based upon the BOCA Building Evaluation Data Report as provided by the Department and revised from time to time.


A non-refundable application fee of $25 will be added to all Building Permits

Estimated Value Fee
$0-$3,000 $50.00
$3,001-$5,000 $60.00
$5,000-$10,000 $85.00
$10,001-$15,000 $95.00
$15,001-$20,000 $115.00
$20,001-$25,000 $140.00
Above $25,000 $140.00 plus .007 times estimated cost above $25,000
Effective July 1, 2008
Churches and other nonprofit agencies
Churches, parsonages, eleemosynary, and community association facilities, along with fire stations on properties owned by a volunteer fire company formed pursuant to § 12-1-201 of this Code; shall be charged the minimum fee under sections 108.2.1, 108.2.3, 108.2.4, 108.2.5, and 108.2.6.
Minimum Building Permit Fee   $50

Additional Information: 

  • A permit under which no work is commenced within one (1) year after issuance shall expire
  • Plumbing, electrical, mechanical and gas permits secured for the purpose of providing services for the building permitted shall run for the life of the building permit
  • Refunds: There is no refund on issued permits - There is a 50% refund due if the permit application is denied or withdrawn prior to issuance (maximum retainage is $1,000.00 on building permits)
  • Reinspection: There will be a fee of forty-dollars ($40.00) for reinspection for each call for inspection which is not ready for inspection
  • Home Builder Guaranty Fund - Effective January 1, 2009, Home Builders must pay a $50 fee for each new home building permit. This fund is administered by State Division of Consumer Protection. A citizen building a new home on their land for their own use who submits a Landowner Affidavit is not required to pay this fee. For more information on the Home Builders Guaranty Fund, call the State Home Builder Registration Unit at (410) 576-6573, email [email protected].


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