Frequently Asked Questions
- Can my neighbor divert rain water from their downspout onto my property?
- What is the footing depth in Baltimore County?
- Can you tell me if a contractor has a Maryland Home
Improvement Commission (MHIC) license?
- What has to be completed to receive a final inspection for a new residence (single-family dwelling)?
- What size accessory structure requires a footing?
- How many layers of shingles can be put on a roof?
- What are the local Building design requirements in Baltimore County?
Q. Can my neighbor divert rain water from their downspout onto my property?
A. Downspouts are to be discharged at a distance of not less than eight feet from any property line measured along the path of flow.
Q. Can you tell me if a contractor has a Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) license?
A. Information can be obtained from the MHIC at 410-230-6309, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m or you can visit the state's website.
- A positive grade away from the house foundation downspouts
- Gutters and splash blocks in place
- All necessary guard details and railings
- Electrical and plumbing work completed
- A finished kitchen and bath.
- footing depth 30 inches, pole buildings 48 inches
- minimum ground snow load 30 PSF
- minimum roof live loads 30 PSF
- design wind speed (Risk Categories I & II) 90 MPH Nominal 3 second gust (minimum design)
- Seismic, site class B
- tidal flood protection elevation 10.4 (NAVD 88) Back River and South; 11.2 (NAVD 88) north of Back River; in addition see FEMA maps dated May 5, 2014 for additional requirements for areas subject to wave action Zone VE and Coastal AE
For additional information, contact Permit Processing at 410-887-3900, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your area inspector can be reached by calling 410-887-3953, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 and 8 a.m. or between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
Revised August 3, 2016