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Frederick County MD Building Permits & Fees

This is a simple guide outlining every Frederick County MD permit you could need if you're planning to start a building, remodeling, or refinishing project this 2022. We've included all of the relevant fees and links to the forms for each permit.

Frederick County, Maryland Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, & Permits & Fees

Frederick County requires submitting a permit application at https://planningandpermitting.frederickcountymd.gov/. Permit status may be found online at https://planningandpermitting.frederickcountymd.gov/ Online Permit Inquiry

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

Permits and Inspections will now accept credit cards, debit cards and online payments. Pay online on the through the portal here. Please note there is a service charge 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.

Residential Building Permit Fees:

Basement Finish
$ 10.00 Automation Enhancement Fee
$ 27.00 Filing Fee
$ 112.00 – 500sf or less Building Fee
$ 222.00 – 501sf to 1500sf Building Fee
$ 333.00 – More than 1500sf Building Fee $ 46.00 Zoning Review Fee

Covered or Screened Porch or Deck 499sf or less $ 10.00 Automation Enhancement Fee
$ 27.00 Filing Fee
$ 91.00 Building Fee

Garage or Pole Building
$ 10.00 Automation Enhancement Fee $ 27.00 Filing Fee
$ 182.00 Building Fee

Covered or Screened Porch or Deck 500sf or more $ 10.00 Automation Enhancement Fee

$ 27.00 Filing Fee
$ 116.00 Building Fee
$ 46.00 Zoning Review Fee

Residential Plumbing Permit Fees:

Any new plumbing requires a plumbing permit. Any replacement appliance or fixtures that are not "like-kind" (same mechanical and electrical rating as the appliance being replaced) or if the replacement causes piping to be added or moved..

  • New construction, One- and Two- Family detached dwelling unit, per dwelling unit
      • 4,000 SF or less
        • Including gas: $396.00
        • Excluding gas: $336.00
      • More than 4,000 SF and less than 6,500 SF
        • Including gas: $455.00
        • Excluding gas: $396.00
  • Additions, Alterations, & Accessory
    • 1 - 4 plumbing fixtures: $91.00
    • 5 - 9 plumbing fixtures: $152.00
    • 10 or more plumbing fixtures: $214.00

  • Swimming pools & Hot tubs: $51
  • Boilers, steam and hot water equipment installation: $51/per uni

  • Water-cooled air conditioning, refrigeration, Machinery, and compressor installation: $51/per unit

Check the fee schedule for a complete list of fees, and for fees regarding commercial applications.

Residential Electrical Permit Fees:

  • New construction, One- and Two- Family dwelling unit, includes low voltage work by same contractor on same application:
    • Up to 200 amp service: $272.00
    • 201 to 400 amp service: $365.00
    • More than 400 amp service: $505.00

  • Alterations, Additions, & accessory Structures (includes low voltage work by same contractor on same application): $120.00

  • Low Voltage Permit only: $121.00

  • Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs (including motors, lights, receptacles & bonding)
    • Above ground: $51.00
    • In ground: $182.00

There's quite a bit more that covers a variety of different projects, so check the official form covering each fee if you're uncertain about something.

Future Blog Updates

This list is current based on 2021 figures provided by the Frederick County government website. The fees will undoubtedly increase in 2022, at which point we'll update this blog post (or make a new one) with the new information.

Let us know in the comments below if we missed anything or if there's any other information you'd like to see here!

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