About Us: Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits
The Department's last day of customer service prior to the holiday break will be Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Use and Occupance permits need to be requested prior to 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 24th. Offices will re-open for business at 8:00 AM on Monday, January 5, 2015. PLEASE SCHEDULE YOUR TIME ACCORDINGLY TO TAKE CARE OF PERMITTING MATTERS BEFORE THIS BREAK. We apologize for any inconvenience.
NOTICE OF WALK THROUGH WINTER SCHEDULE CHANGE
Effective, Thursday, November 6, 2014, The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits will only offer walk thourgh processing on Thursdays during the winter months. The hours are 1:00pm-3:00pm. Please note, walk through permit processing is available for miscellaneous residential building permits only. We will resume our Wednesday & Thursday afternoons schedule on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
2014 New Deck Guide
The new deck guide will be effective September 1, 2014. A copy of the new deck guide can be found by clicking here.
FY15 FEE CHANGES
The public school surcharge will increase to $1.25 on July 1, 2014 and the building excise tax will increase to $0.59 or $1.15 dependent on the nature of new construction. For further fee information, please go to Forms and Fees.
NEW PROCEDURE FOR ISSUED TRADE PERMITS & ANIMAL LICENSE RENEWALS
Effective immediately, paper copies of all electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits will no longer be mailed when issued. You will receive an email from our online permitting system to notify you that the permit has been issued, and a PDF copy of the permit will be attached. Similarly, if you renew your animal license online and we have a valid email address for you on file, your license account summary will be emailed rather than sent via regular mail. If you have any questions, please contact the Permits Office at (410) 313-2455 and select option #4.
NEW PROCEDURE FOR HVAC FINAL INSPECTION EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2013
As of November 1st builders will be required to attach all the required Energy Certifications to the associated building permit prior to the final . Hard copies of the certifications and e-mails containing the certifications as an attachment will no longer be accepted. Builders will need to register with the Permits Office 410-313-2455 to obtain a login and passwords which will enable them to access the County's online citizens access program known as ACA and upload the required information. For the procedure go to Energy Code Conservation Information.
DOG AND CAT NEW AND RENEWAL LICENSING NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE.
Pet owners can log on to www.myHoward.info to create a user account. Once an account has been established residents can request a new license or renew an expiring one. The online service allows users to upload supporting documents including a required current rabies vaccine certification and proof of spaying or neutering to received discounted licensing rates.
The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits is dedicated to assuring that buildings are built in such a way that they are safe and functional. To do this we apply construction standards that are adopted by the County Council in the form of construction codes.
The department also issues licenses for a variety of purposes. These include rental housing, taxi operators, electricians, dogs, cats, etc. In the case of licensing, the County Council has passed regulations that guide the department in determining the qualification of a person or place to be licensed.
Simply put, our Mission is to provide the best and most efficient service to our permit and construction customers while assuring that the users of buildings will have good cause to feel confident of their safety and health. We also want to assure ourselves, and the public that licensees are well qualified for the task for which they are licensed and fully capable of performing to a high standard.
The department works closely with other County and State agencies.
AS OF JULY 9, 2012, HOWARD COUNTY HAS ADOPTED THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL CODES AND THE 2011 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE. FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF THE NEWLY ADOPTED CODES PLEASE SEE THE ADOPTED CODES PAGE . IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE PLAN REVIEW DIVISION.