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A building permit is required for all new piers and pilings.

New piers must be signed off on by the building engineer. The building engineer receives any contests to the pier announcement. Contesting parties may email documentation of divisional lines or other information needed to make a decision to the building engineer at

Required Documents

You must provide the following when submitting your permit application.

  • Site Plans—Engineer sealed, needs to show adjacent lots.
  • Posting—Required, if not waived by Building Engineer. View a list of approved posters.
  • Construction Plans—For piers only.
  • Data Sheets—For commercial piers only. 
  • If property is located in the 3.3 mile radius of the Martin State Airport (MTN)—Airport Zoning Permit.

 Army Corps and State permits may be required for the proposed construction.

Building Guidelines

View the County's typical residential pier construction guidelines.
View the waterfront construction checklist.
View the Zoning Regulations for waterfront construction diagrams.

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.



C. Pete Gutwald