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Building Permits & Zoning Certificates
Building Permits & Zoning Certificates
Purpose:  Building permits are required to establish minimum requirements for the protection of life or limb, health and public welfare and protection of property as it relates to the structures built or existing structures being modified or altered.

How to Obtain a Zoning Certificate/Building Permit:  Application is made at the Department of Permits and Inspections, 30 North Market Street, Frederick, Maryland. Applications must be made in person between the hours of 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For further information, please select a specific certificate or permit type below.  

When Approval is Required: For all new construction in the County or in the municipalities, with the exception of Frederick City and Mt. Airy. Frederick City and Mt. Airy are responsible for their own building permits.  Zoning certificates for properties within municipalities must be applied for prior to Building Permit application at the Department of Permits and Inspections.  

Approval is required for modifications, alterations or changing the usage of any building or structure.  Approval is required for accessory structures, such as a shed, pool, deck, garage, sign, etc.  

News & Notices

  • Effective April 15th 2013, Permits & Inspections will now accept Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Online Payments.        Pay online at:        Pay Permit, Inspection, or Licensing Fee 
         *PLEASE NOTE: There is a SERVICE FEE on all Credit Card, Debit Card and Online Check transactions.
          The Service Fee for using a Credit Card or Debit Card is 2.50% per transaction total.
          The Service Fee for an Online Check payment is $1.49 per transaction
  • Effective January 23, 2014: Extended Hours Permitting for Homeowners has been suspended. Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8am-4pm (excluding Holidays)     
  • Fee Schedule- EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014
  • Notice of Impact Fee Changes Effective July 1, 2014
  • Resolution 14-01: Allows the Use of Surety Bonds to Guarantee Private and Public Improvements   

Submittal Requirements & Application Forms
New or Replacement Dwelling Units
      All Other Residential Uses
Single Family Dwelling                              Expedited Walk-Through Process Information
Townhouse or Duplex                                Deck                         Porch (Covered or Screened) 
Apartments or Condominiums                    Shed                         Gazebo
                                                               Garage                       Carport  
                                                               Pole Building              Pavilion 
                                                               Swimming Pool           Hot Tub  
                                                               Basement Finish         Additions/Alterations
Request an Address                                 Handicap Ramp           Retaining Wall
Fire Sprinkler Notice                                 Demolition                   Tank  
Fee Calculation Worksheets

Fee Calculation Worksheets
Request an Address 

Agricultural Zoning Certificate

Use Applications