Permits, Approvals and Inspections
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Permits, Approvals and Inspections

Arnold Jablon, Director

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 105
Towson, Maryland, 21204
Phone: 410-887-3353
Fax: 410-887-5708

Notice: Effective July 1, 2015

Adoption Of New Building Code

Building construction in Baltimore County shall comply with the 2015 editions of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code, the International Mechanical Code and the International Energy Code as well as local amendments, all as set forth in County Council Bill Number 40-15. (PDF)

Revised Towing Fees

Notice of revised towing fees for Police-Initiated Towing (PDF) and Trespass Towing (PDF).



With over 600 square miles and 807,000 people in Baltimore County, the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections oversees the development and use of land.

Department Division

Building Plans Review

Building Plans Review assures public safety by examining building plans to ensure that the designs of proposed projects meet the requirements of the building code.

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement inspects properties for compliance with the zoning regulations, livability code, investment property maintenance regulations, rental housing, rat program, and other laws relating to the use of existing property.

  • Housing and Urban Development Inspections

Inclement weather procedure: We follow the Baltimore County Circuit Court schedule.

  • If the Circuit Court is closed, all code enforcement hearings will be canceled and rescheduled. 
  • If courts have a one- or two-hour (or more) delayed opening, all code enforcement hearings are delayed in the same manner.

Development Management

Development Management handles the coordination of county agencies' review of proposed residential and commercial subdivisions and other land development.

Development Plans Review

Development Plans Review checks the development plans from an engineering point-of-view, making sure the layout meets design standards for traffic control, storm drainage, and various public improvements, such as roads, sidewalks, streetlights, and curbing.


Inspections inspects building construction projects, plumbing and gas fitting work, and electrical work to assure safety through compliance of the code.

Miscellaneous Permits and Licenses

Miscellaneous Permits and Licenses issues non-building related permits and licenses, such as gathering permits, bingo licenses, animal licenses, hotel and motel licenses, residential parking permits.

Permit Processing

Permit Processing accepts building, electrical, and plumbing permit applications and coordinates their review by various county agencies.

Real Estate Compliance

Real Estate Compliance handles right-of-ways, easements, and other related property matters for both private development and public use.

Rental Housing Registration

Rental Housing Registration registers and licenses buildings and landlords with six dwelling units or less.

Zoning Review

Zoning Review processes all zoning petitions, reviews all residential, commercial, and industrial building permits, and answers all citizen inquiries regarding the interpretation and application of the zoning regulations.

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Revised July 16, 2015

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