Welcome to the Inspections and Enforcement Division of the Department of Inspections, Licensing and Permits.
This division assures compliance with adopted codes and standards through the inspection process. It completes inspections for building, life safety, mechanical/HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire code compliance and disabilities accessibility. It performs safety inspections for code compliance including rental housing inspections, sign code inspections, mobile home licenses, taxicab vehicle inspections, taxicab driver licenses and pawn brokers.
Information and Resources
Documents for DILP Inspectors
A new streamlined email procedure for sending documents, certifications and wall check surveys to DILP Building Inspectors has been developed. This new email address for documents related to DILP permits will be the central delivery point for documents required for inspection and Final U&O approval.
Starting January 1, 2016, please email the required documents to Documents for DILP Inspectors via email
A specific format is required to allow your documents to be more quickly identified and processed. Please CLICK HERE for instructions and a helpful screenshot of the new procedure.
Please continue to handle HVAC documentation as you have been. Door blower tests, etc are excluded from this new email process.
Energy Code Conservation Information
Click below to view information regarding energy code conservation for building permits.
Inspection Request Dial-up Instructions
The automated dial-up system provides 24 hour telephone access to inspection and permit information. You may schedule inspections, obtain inspection results, cancel inspection requests and obtain plan review status for permits.
Click here to download instructions and inspection codes.
Click below for inspection requirement information
Rental Housing Licensing
Related Forms and Fees
Please refer to the Rental Housing Licensing section of the Forms and Fees webpage for downloadable rental housing licensing information, fee schedule, rental license application and a checklist of items the inspector will be checking for all new rental properties. Please keep in mind that this is not an all inclusive list of items only the most commonly failed items to help you to be ready for your inspection.
We periodically receive questions concerning mold and requests for inspection and/or testing for mold(s). Mold Inspections are not performed by Howard County Inspections Personnel. Please click here for further information on mold.
For recommendations concerning mold remediation visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
To arrange an appointment to complete the registration process, please contact the Inspections, Licenses & Permits by phone at
Inspection Questions and Information
For Inspection Questions call General Rental Housing & Signs Information by phone at
Contact Inspections & Enforcements
You can contact Inspects & Enforcements office by phone at 410-313-1823.
Our inspectors are available between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. each morning.
Emergency Water/Sewer Repair Inspections
Inspection for emergency water/sewer repairs must be called in prior to 9 AM of the day of inspection to General Plumbing and Mechanical Information by phone at 410-313-1840.
General Inspection Requests
Grading & Sediment Control Inspections
For questions about grading and sediment control inspections contact the Construction Inspection Division by phone at 410-313-1855.
Wells & Septic Systems
For questions related to wells or septic systems, contact the Well & Septic Program by phone at