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Permit Processing

Karen L. Lewis, Permit Services Supervisor

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room 100
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3900 (Permit Processing)
Phone: 410-887-3614 (Electrical and Plumbing Processing)
Fax: 410-337-5039

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Primary Functions

  • Processing of applications and forms for building, electrical, and plumbing permits
  • Acceptance of fees for water and sewer connections contained in public works agreements
  • Processing of applications for water meter services, which are prepared and forwarded to the Department of Public Works and the Baltimore City Bureau of Water Supply
  • Processing of records relating to receipt of revenues for the issuance of various permits
  • Processing of fees for water and sewer installations
  • Collection and review of documents and other information as needed in the course of the permit process

Building Permit Requirements

Building Permits are required for the following:

  • Accessory structures (sheds, garages, gazebos, etc.) over 120 square feet
  • All accessory structures located in Flood Zone A or located in historic districts
  • Garages and carports attached to single family dwellings
  • Above ground swimming pools over 250 square feet with water depth of 24 inches or more
  • All in-ground pools: a 48-inch safety barrier with self-latching, self-closing gates is required
  • Retaining walls over 36 inches: engineered drawings are required for over 48 inches
  • Fences over 42 inches in height
  • Decks greater than 16 inches above the lowest grade and exceeds 120 square feet
  • Wood stoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces
  • Additions and structural modifications to existing dwellings
  • Enclosing of open porches and decks
  • Basement excavations
  • Change of use of structure
  • Razing permits
  • Grading over 5,000 square feet
  • Alterations to historic houses

Important Notices

Permit Processing Forms and Information


Energy Conservation Information and Forms

Revised May 29, 2014

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