ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced that the County’s Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits (DILP) is now accepting electronic submissions for all permit types, both residential and commercial, through its Accela Citizens Access portal.

This is just another step toward ensuring we are making county government as efficient and user-friendly as possible for all our residents and businesses. By allowing contractors and homeowners to submit permit applications and supporting documentation online, we are improving and streamlining our permitting process, making it more effective for all parties involved.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

In order to apply online through DILP’s Accela Citizens Access portal, home builders, electricians, architects, etc., must have a Citizen’s Access account, and the user’s corresponding license must be linked to their account. For detailed instructions on how to complete this process, check out DILP’s “Registration for Licensee” form.

We have been piloting this program for quite some time and are excited to be able to expand it for all users. This type of innovative use of technology is just another example of Howard County providing efficient and flexible services that will benefit both our customers as well as our reviewers.

Bob Frances
Director, Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits

In addition to permit applications being submitted electronically, DILP is also no longer accepting paper drawings. Drawings must also now be submitted electronically and instructions on how to do so and what is required can be found on DILP’s “Procedure & Instructions For Online Submittals” website. Reviews requiring Howard County Health Department approval will no longer require paper sets as all review agencies will be reviewing electronically.

Media Contacts
Robert J. “Bob” Frances, P.E. , Director of Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits

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