This division processes and issues permits or licenses for building, HVAC systems, fire protection systems, site grading, plumbing systems, electrical systems, taxicab vehicles and drivers, rental housing, animals and pawn brokers. This division also manages records and related retention schedules and information requests.
Note Regarding Cashier's Office
Please be advised that the cashier's office does not accept credit or debit cards at this time.
Notices and Announcements
NEW Procedure for Trade Permits and Animal License Renewals
Effective immediately, paper copies of all electrical, plumbing, building, fire 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.
Online Dog and Cat Animal Licensing
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.
Resources and Information
Utility Contractor Registration
To Register as a Utility Contractor in Howard County please submit the following:
- Complete a Registration Card, which you can download here.
- Copy of valid and current Onsite Utility Contractor's License (or equivalent) issued by another Maryland jurisdiction, or complete the questionnaire showing at least two (2) years of experience (satisfactory to the administrative authority) working in the onsite utility contracting business. Download the questionnaire here.
- Certificate of Insurance meeting ALL requirements listed here.
- Registration Fee: $77.00 (Make checks payable to "Director of Finance, Howard County")
*NOTE* Registration Expires July 31st.
Renewals should be submitted by July 1st.
ANY QUESTIONS CALL LICENSES & PERMITS DIVISION AT (410) 313-2455 Option #4
Licensed Utility Contractors
Click below to download the list of licensed utility contractors.
Online Permitting Services
We are pleased to offer our citizens, businesses, and visitors access to government services online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Click the below link to access the Accela Online Permitting Services Portal.
Sewer/Water Repairs or Replacements
After obtaining your plumbing permit on-line, inspections for water/sewer replacement or repairs must be scheduled on the IVR dial up system, 410-313-3800. You will be given the next available date for your inspection. If your desired date is not available schedule the inspection anyway.
Please call the Plumbing Inspector the morning of the desired date prior to 9:00 a.m., the plumbing inspectors are available 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at 410-313-1840 Monday through Friday.
Every effort will be made to accommodate your inspection for the same day.
Marketing Analysis Reports
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