About Us: Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits
NOTICE OF WINTER BREAK CLOSURE
The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits will be closed from 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday, January 1st for the County's Winter Break. We will reopen for business at 8:00 AM on Thursday, January 2nd.
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.
NOTICE OF WALK THROUGH SCHEDULE CHANGE
Like last year, we will only be conducting walk through permit processing on Thursdays during the winter months. These changes begin on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Our Wednesday/Thursday schedule will resume on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
FY14 FEE CHANGES
The school surcharge will increase to $1.24 on July 1, 2013 and the building excise tax will increase to $0.58 or $1.13 dependent on the nature of new construction. There are minor changes to the electrical and building permit fee schedules which take effect July 1, 2013. For fee updates go to Forms and Fees.
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.