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County offices are closed on Monday, October 9, for Indigenous Peoples' Day.

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Department ofPermits, Approvals and Inspections

With over 600 square miles and approximately 847,562 people in Baltimore County, the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections (PAI) oversees the development and use of land.

Paper Permit Applications No Longer Accepted

As of Monday, November 1, all applications for building, plumbing, electrical and other construction permits must be completed online. To help with the transition, first come, first serve public work stations will be placed in the lobby with available staff to help customers create their online accounts and applications.

For details on account creation, relevant permit types and document needs, visit the online permit application section.


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Bring Your Own Bag Law

Starting November 1, 2023, Baltimore County will prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic checkout bags at the point of sale in order to reduce the significant negative impact of plastic bag litter in our communities, waterways and at the County’s recycling processing plant. Learn about what steps to take now so you will be ready when the law takes effect. 

Parkton Solar Fee Waiver Request

Read the notice regarding the Stormwater Variance Fee-in-lieu for the Parkton Solar Project.

2023 Policy Manual Updates

The policy manuals will go before the Planning Board for introduction on July 20 and for a public hearing on September 7. For questions, contact Sally Nash at

Please see:

To view the first updated 2022 draft sent to the workgroup:

Helping Restaurants and Bars Provide Expanded Outdoor Table Service

Baltimore County is expediting necessary approvals to temporarily allow establishments to expand outdoor table service into areas not previously authorized, in a manner that ensures the safety of their customers and staff. Find more information about requirements and how to apply.  

Public Information Act (PIA) Requests

To review or obtain copies of permits and related records, submit a PIA Request form. Contact the divisions below for the following:

Contact InformationRegarding
Building Plans Review
Phone: 410-887-3987


Phone: 410-887-3391Zoning regulations
Sediment Control|
Phone: 410-887-3226
Sediment run-off from construction sites
Maryland Home Improvement Commission
Phone: 410-230-6309
Licenses for contractors

Fee Schedule

Contact Us

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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