Building Permits & Zoning Certificates

Application Process

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. Application is made at the:
Department of Permits and Inspections
30 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Applications must be made in person between the hours of 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. For further information, please select a specific certificate or permit type below.

Approval Requirements

Approval is required for all new construction in the county or in the municipalities, with the exception of the City of Frederick and Mt. Airy. The City of Frederick 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.

Online Payments

Effective April 15, 2013, Permits and Inspections will now accept credit cards, debit cards and online payments. Pay online on the Pay Permit, Inspection, or Licensing Fee webpage. Please note there is a service on all credit card, debit card and online check transactions.
  • The service fee for an online check payment is $1.49 per transaction
  • The service fee for using a credit card or debit card is 2.5% per transaction total.

Resolution 14-01: Allows the Use of Surety Bonds to Guarantee Private and Public Improvements
Effective April 1, 2016: In-House Policies & Enforcement Requirements for Roof Mounted Solar Panels on Residential Structures.
Policy Change: Payment of Impact Fees- Effective September 1, 2018
Notice of School Construction Fee Increase- Effective January 1, 2019
Notice of Impact Fees- Effective July 1, 2019 
Fee Schedule- Effective July 1, 2019  

Important Information:
Intake and Inspections Process Change December 2019
GO LIVE announcement 

Submittal Requirements & Application Forms

New or Replacement Dwelling Units *See Policy Change: Payment of Impact Fee Notice above 

Additional Residential Resources

All Other Residential Uses


Agricultural Building/ Zoning Certificate

Use Applications