Plan Review Division
This division provides technical review of building construction plans and designs to assure compliance with codes and standards prior to issuance of building permits. The division also provides engineering review and approval of fire/sprinkler and other fire extinguishing systems.
Plan Review Division
Welcome to the Plan Review Division of the Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits.
All applications for building permits are submitted with construction documents that detail the work being proposed. We review the plans and, if necessary, make comments to ensure that the applicable code requirements are met. We review for compliance with building, life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and handicapped accessibility codes. We also assist with the coordination of issues with some of the various other County agencies that may be involved with permit approval.
The Plan Review Division is the Department’s resource for technical interpretation of the County’s building codes. We are the division that coordinates with project architects and engineers to determine if a proposed solution to a problem meets the intent of the codes. We frequently meet with our Inspections and Enforcement personnel, as well as general and sub-contractors, and the general public to inform, educate, and update on code matters.
Programs and Resources
Click to view current Howard County building and related codes by effective date.
Codes & Permit Process
Click here to view policies and procedures that guide our codes and permit process.
Click here to download the Deck Guide.
Energy Conservation Code Information
Click below to view information regarding Energy Code Certification for your building permit.
- Green Neighborhood Guidance Manual
- Green Neighborhood Checklist
- Green Neighborhood Guidance Templates & Appendices
For further information
Chief of Plan Review
Howard County Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Procedure for Online Commercial Interior Plan Submittal
Click below for information.