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 Commercial New Construction

When is a Building Permit Required?

A building permit is required for all new construction, addition, alterations, change of use, including decks, sheds, retaining walls, and fences in Montgomery County and municipalities, with the exceptions of the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg.

What is the Permit Process?

For all new construction:

  • Submission of a completed Sediment Control application (including two site plans showing topography)
  • Submission of a Right-of-Way application (including one site plan)
  • Submission of a completed Commercial/Residential Building application
  • Two complete sets of construction drawings (engineer/architect signed/sealed with certification and title block)
  • Submission of a completed Use and Occupancy application (if Commercial, include one site plan
  • Four site plans (five site plans if the lot has a well and/or septic system)
  • Two completed Energy Worksheets

Can Commercial Plans be submitted electronically using ePlans?

All commercial application for new construction can now be submitted using ePlans and ePermits .  Make sure you view all the eServices online training videos or attend a training session before you apply. 

To ensure your ePlans submittal is processed quickly please make sure the Required Commercial Building Checklist is included with your submittal.

You can always contact us at with any questions about your submission.

 Certification of modified drawings. (Click here)

Plan submittal changes which result from the suspension of a plan review must include a "Certification Of Modified Drawings". 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.

Other Agencies Involved

Approvals may be required from the following agencies:

  • SHA (State Highway Administration)
  • Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
  • WSSC (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission)
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Townships

Inspections Information

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).

What will the Permit Cost?

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. A 5% Automation Enhancement Fee will be added to the above cost.

Permit Duration 

The permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. An extension may be applied for prior to permit expiration.  

Notice to Sprinkler and Building Contractors:

Be advised, all fuel-fired equipment located in attics/concealed spaces of all residential occupancies in buildings up to four stories in height and one-and-two-family dwellings starting with building permit numbers (COMBUILD) #660755, (COMFAST) #600668, (BUILDING RESIDENTIAL) #600659 or greater must be protected with sprinklers. This requirement is in accordance with NFPA 13R, 2007 Sec. 6.9.6 and NFPA 13D, 2007 Sec. 8.6.5.


Application Package
Commercial Building Required Permit Submittal Checklist Commercial Building Required Permit Submittal Checklist
Application Application for Commercial Building Permit
Use and Occupancy Application Application for Use and and Occupancy Permit
Green Building Registration Application Application for Commercial Green Building Registration
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 Law Affidavit for Residential and Commercial Building
Requirements for Accessible Parking Maryland Accessible Parking Spaces
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
Impact Tax Information Impact Tax Information
System Development Charge (SDC)  Exemption Brochure  SDC Exemption Brochure
System Development Charge (SDC) Exemption Application  SDC Exemption Application
Bonds Bonds are part of the Demolition, Sediment Control or Construction in or/of Right of Way .
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Montgomery County Code Montgomery County Code
Commercial Energy Code Requirements Commercial Energy Code
Titleblock Requirements for Plan Submittal Titleblock Requirements
Green Building Regulation Executive Regulation 19-07AM
Accessible Parking Spaces Information (number and location) Maryland Accessible Parking Spaces
Guidelines, Checklists, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
Minimum Data for Submittal of Commercial Plans Minimum Data for Submittal of Commercial Plans
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, Modular Units and Sheds Commercial Trailer, Modular Unit, Shed Checklist
Green Buidlings Guidelines for Commercial Green Buildings
 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)
Tower Crane Requirements and Safety Agreement Tower Crane Requirements and Safety Agreement
Inspection Requirements
Inspection Requirements Commercial Inspections
Inspection Requirements Commercial Electrical Inspections
Inspection Requirements Commercial Mechanical Inspections
Special Inspection Program (SIP) Special Inspections
  Emergency Responder Radio Coverage
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Commercial Building"
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
  Historical Preservation
  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)
  Miss Utility
  National Glass Association (NGA)
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  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.