The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits is the clearinghouse for processing licenses and permits, reviewing construction documents, and inspecting buildings and structures for code compliance.
Robert J. Frances, P. E. , Director
George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Howard County will continue to deliver essential County
services to residents throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, however
starting March 18th, some services will be curtailed to protect
employee and resident health.
Beginning at 8:00
a.m. on March 18th, non-emergency County offices and facilities will
be closed to the public until further notice, though operations will continue
through teleworking by eligible employees.
of Inspections, Licenses & Permits
delivering services online Customers who
are unable to use online services or who have service requests that cannot be
conducted via mail, will be by appointment only. Call (410) 313-2455, option #4
for more information and direction. The Department will continue to inspect
construction projects and properties with modified processes to limit person to
We Apologize For Any Inconveniences.
When dropping off information in the drop box located in the front lobby, please fill out a transmittal form found under Forms and Fees and attach to your submittal.
NEW INSTRUCTIONS ON GETTING LINKED TO THE HOWARD COUNTY CITIZENS ACCESS WEBSITE TO APPLY FOR PERMITS
Please click here to read important memo concerning new roof design load requirements
Please click here to read important memo concerning Walk Through Process
Instructions On How To Apply For A Citizen's Access Account In Order To Apply For A Residential Permit.
To check the status of a permit or verify if a permit or license has been obtained by entering the street address, please go to our citizens access webpage at myhoward.info.
An addition has been made to our website which include lists of General Electrical and Master Electrical Licenses, Residential Additions for Single Family Dwellings, Duplexes and Townhouses are available online in the Inspection & Permits Online Permitting Services section.
Howard County Building Code Adoption
Effective January 05, 2021
2020 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
July 14, 2019
Howard County Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits will be adopting the following codes effective July 14, 2019:
2018 International Building Code
2018 International Residential Code
2018 International Energy Conservation Code
2018 International Mechanical Code
2018 International Plumbing Code
2018 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
Rental Housing Code 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
The following links go to the current Howard County amendments for the above mentioned codes:
CB13-2019 Howard County Building Code Amendments
CB14-2019 Requirements for Diaper Changing Stations
CB15-2019 Rental Housing Code Amendments
CB16-2019 Howard County Plumbing and Gasfitting Code Amendments
Included within the above code changes that go into effect July 14, 2019 are requirements for diaper changing stations in all commercial buildings open to public that allow adults with young children to ente