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A building permit is required for all bulkhead and boat ramp construction. Platforms, decks and other structures that are attached to a bulkhead also require a permit and are processed as a bulkhead.

Required Documents

You must provide the following when submitting your permit application.

  • Construction Plans—Required for both commercial and residential. Must be signed and sealed by a design professional. If a residential bulkhead is under three feet, construction plans do not need to be signed and sealed. View the Baltimore County design residential bulkhead details.
  • Data Sheets—Only needed for commercial applications.
  • Site plans—Only needed for residential applications.

Army Corp and state permits may be required for the proposed construction.

About the Application Process

To learn more about the application process, read the steps and watch the videos below, or view the FAQ or full tutorial video playlist.

 Apply for a Permit

Once you have reviewed the process outlined above and have gathered your required documentation, apply for your permit online using the buttons below.


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Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204


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



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