A Electrical Permit is required for work that involves installing, relocating, repairing, or maintaining any electrical wiring or device designed for conducting, consuming or converting electrical current.
An electrical permit can be applied for online using DPS e-Permits – Apply Online. However, the applicant must a licensed Montgomery County master electrician who has set up an Apply Online account by contacting DPS prior to applying to ensure the email address is tied to their Electrical Licenses (Accounts do not need to be created by the licensed applicant/user themselves). To begin using ePermits and ePlans, please send a request for a user account to dps.eServices@montgomerycountymd.gov if you are licensed and have not already done so.
Homeowners who intend to do their own electrical work, and meet the criteria for doing so, may take a test to obtain a permit (see: Homeowners Electrical Exam.) Once they have passed the examination, they will be assisted by DPS Staff in order obtain their electrical permit.
The minimum processing fee for residential installations is $90.00 and the minimum processing fee for commercial installations is $150.00. The total fee will be the sum of the processing fee plus the price of the items/work which is printed on the back application.
Electricians or their personally authorized representatives will apply online using the e-mail they have registered to their Electrical Business & Electrical Masters licenses and the private password they have created, after receiving the automated invitation to join Apply Online from MCDPS.
When applying for the permit online:
If the conditions are met:
-A permit number is created and assigned
-Fees are calculated and paid online
-And the permit will be issued at that time, unless it requires prior zoning approval
eServices Training Videos are available for assistance navigating the page or please contact Montgomery County 311 at (240)-777-0311 for further assistance.
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.
Should a permit require revision once issued, corrections may be requested by sending a detailed email request to dps.eServices@montgomerycountymd.gov or by contacting Montgomery County 311 at (240)-777-0311. You will be contacted by a DPS staff member as to these revisions. Please be advised, permit application revisions after submission by the applicant are subject to a $49.00 fee in addition to any additional fees for equipment added at that time. Once the corrections have been made, you will be notified by DPS staff to log into e-Permits – Apply Online and pay the addition fee(s) due.
|Electrical eServices Application||Apply Online|
|Home Owner Electrical Application||Home Owner's Electrical Exam|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Credit Card Authorization Form||Credit Card Authorization Form|
|None at This Time||General Bond Information|
|Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations|
|National Electrical Code||NFPA National Electrical Code / 2011|
|Montgomery County Code Chapter 17||Montgomery County Code|
|Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations|
|Permit Guidelines for Photovoltaic Systems||Permit Guidelines for Photovoltaic Systems|
|Residential Inspections||Residential Inspections|
|Commercial Inspections||Commercial Electrical Inspections|
|Residential Photovoltaic Systems||Residential Photovoltaic Systems Installation Certification|
|Residential Generator Load Calculations||Residential Generator Load Calculation Certificate|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Electical"||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.|