Montgomery County, MD Permits and Fees (Basement Remodeling)
This quick guide will show you where to find online Montgomery County, MD permit applications, as well as explaining the fees and other requirnements for your next basement remodeling project.
Montgomery County, MD Building Permit
In order to obtain a Montgomery County, MD building permit, you must submit your completed application to:
Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services
255 Rockville Pike, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20850—4166
You must also include two sets of plans (including site plans). A set plan includes the following:
Drainage Plans (2 Sets):
Architectural Plans (2 sets):
Check out the full list of Montgomery County, MD building permit plan requirements.
Most of the time, your building permit fee will be $0.71 per square feet.
A Montgomery County, MD electrical permit is required for “work that involves installing, relocating, repairing, or maintaining any electrical wiring or device designed for conducing, consuming or converting electrical current” (no matter the amperage), and costs at least $90.00.
A mechanical permit is needed for HVAC work, and cost a minimum of $65.00.
Septic System Approval
Almost every basement remodeling project must be reviewed by the state for septic system compliance. Read more information.
Fire Alarm Permit
Any installation, alteration, or modification of the fire alarm system requires a permit, including repairs. The fee depends on the number of fire alarms on the premises.
What is the Minimum Ceiling Clearance Requirement for Montgomery County, MD Basement Remodeling Projects?
Since there are conflicting laws in Montgomery County, MD for basement ceiling heights, the legal height of your basement ceiling depends on the year that the building permit was issued. If the permit was issued before October 2000, the minimal ceiling height is 6’8, and 6’4 when obstructions such as beams, columns, and ducts are present (they also have to be a minimum of 4” on center). If the permit was issued after October 2000, then the minimal ceiling height is 7“, with a minimum of 6’6 in regards to beams and girders (again, they also have to be a minimum of 4” on center).
Read the full explanation.
Additional Permit Fees
If you need to resubmit your permit application for any reason, it usually costs $49.00 for each resubmission.
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