A building permit is required for all new construction, additions, alterations, and changes of use in Montgomery County and municipalities, with the exceptions of the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg. This includes decks, sheds, retaining walls, and fences.
Applications for interior alterations and exterior alterations require the following:
Commercial Fast Track - The commercial fast track process is a "walk-thru" or while-you-wait plan review service for projects of limited scope involving interior alterations of existing business or mercantile tenants. This is a same-day review service that is offered at no additional cost.
Preliminary Design Consultation - This is a voluntary design conference with Building Construction staff to discuss preliminary/schematic design drawings for commercial projects prior to preparation of final construction documents (working drawings, specifications, etc.). Preliminary design consultations are offered at no additional cost.
The preliminary design consultation is intended primarily for discussing architectural designs and related site development; however, preliminary consultations may be arranged for engineering systems designs. Any commercial building construction project may request a preliminary design consultation.
Recipes For Success - This is a program aimed at assisting individuals wishing to open a new restaurant, or to expand an existing restaurant, in navigating the County's permitting and licensing process more efficiently.
Systems furniture installations will require a separate building permit and a separate electrical permit unless the full scope of the systems furniture installation, to include electrical service, is provided for under the main building permit.
All commercial application for new construction can now be submitted using ePlans and ePermits. Make sure you view all the Services online training videos or attend a training session before you apply.
To ensure your ePlans submittal is processed quickly please make sure the Commercial Building Permit Submittal Requirements form is included with your submittal.
You can always contact us at dps.eServices@montgomerycountymd.gov with any questions about your submission.
Plan submittal changes which provide corrections to plan review suspension comments must include a "Certification of Modified Drawings". All of the design professional(s) responsible for the design of the project shall review all the changes from each of the disciplines and certify that the resubmitted design documents prepared under their license did, or did not, require modification as a result of any changes made.
Approvals may be required from the following agencies:
Permit fees are assessed in accordance with Executive Regulation 5-11AMIII, Schedule of Fees for Permits, Licenses, and Certifications -Method 2, Department of Permitting Services.
The permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. An extension may be applied for prior to permit expiration. For further information, contact 311 in Montgomery County or (240) 777-0311 outside of Montgomery County.
Inspection requirements are attached to the approved set of plans. Inspection requests received before 12:00 noon are scheduled for the next business day (Monday – Friday). Inspection requests received after 12:00 noon are scheduled within two business days (Monday – Friday).
|Commercial Building Permit Submittal Requirements||Commercial Building Permit Submittal Requirements|
|Application - Commercial Building Permit||Application for Commercial Building Permit|
|Use and Occupancy Application||Application for Use and and Occupancy Permit|
|ADA Accessibility Compliance Form||Accessibility Compliance Form|
|Sediment Control Application||Application for Sediment Control Permit|
|Right of Way Application||Application for Work in the Public Right of Way Permit|
|Maryland Roadside Tree Affidavit||Affidavit for Residential/Commercial Building|
|eCopy||Policy and Procedure for Commercial Non-Fast Track Permits|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Fees||Current Commercial Fee Schedule|
|Automation Fee||Automation Enhancement Fee|
|Credit Card Authorization Form||Credit Card Authorization Form|
|System Development Charge (SDC) Exemption Brochure||SDC Exemption Brochure|
|System Development Charge (SDC) Exemption Application||SDC Exemption Application|
|Bonds||No bonds are needed unless Demolition, Sediment Control or construction in or of Right of Way is occuring.|
|Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations|
|Montgomery County Code||Montgomery County Code|
|Commercial Energy Code|
|Guidelines, Checklists, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations|
|Minimum Data for Submittal of Commercial Plans||Minimum Data for Submittal of Commercial Plans|
|ADA Excerpts-Referenced in Maryland Accessibility Code||Americans With Disabilities Act Title III Section 36|
|Submittal Guidelines||Guidelines for Submittal for Commercial Non-Fast Track Permits|
|Commercial Canopies Checklist||Commercial Canopies and Awnings Checklist|
|Commercial Dumpster Checklist||Commercial Dumpster Enclosures Checklist|
|Retaining Walls Checklist||Commercial Retaining Walls Checklist|
|Commercial Trailer||Commercial Trailer or Modular Unit Checklist|
|Green Buidlings||Guidelines for Commercial Green Buildings|
|Titleblock Requirements for Plan Submittal||Titleblock Requirements|
|Green Building Regulation||ER19-07AM|
|Construction Documents Required for Support of Excavation Permit Applications (Sheeting, Shoring, and Underpinning)||Construction Documents Required for Support of Excavation Permit Applications (Sheeting, Shoring, and Underpinning)|
|Electrical||Commercial Electrical Inspections|
|Mechanical||Commercial Mechanical Inspections|
|Special Inspection Program (SIP)||Special Inspections|
|Emergency Responder Radio Coverage||Emergency Responder Radio Coverage|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Commercial Building"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|Online Data Search||Search DPS|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact||Allegheny Power|
|American Institute of Architects (AIA)|
|American National Standards Institute (ANSI)|
|American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)|
|Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)|
|Board of Appeals|
|International Code Council (ICC)|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|Maryland Department of the Environment|
|Maryland Division of State Documents|
|Masonry Institute of America (MIA)|
|National Glass Association (NGA)|
|MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|
|National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)|
|Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)|
|U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)|
|Washington Gas Light Co.|