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Single Homes, Single Family and Townhouses 

When is New Single Family Dwelling and Townhouse Permit Required?New House Framing

A permit is required prior to construction of detached one- or two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress.

The use of eServices is now required for all New Residential Construction, Electrical, Fire Alarm, Fire Protection, Fence, Sign, and Utility permits.


The purpose of a new construction permit is to ensure that the lot has been approved and is zoned for such use.  The permit also regulates compliance with all other Montgomery County Codes and agencies.

What is the Application Process?

Applicants are now required to use of eServices for all New Residential  Construction, Electrical, Fire Alarm, Fire Protection, Fence, Sign, and Utility permits.

Applications must include a Residential Building Application, Right of Way Application, Sediment Control Application, Site Plan, Construction Drawings complete with all required Code Notes and Compliance Information, and a Roadside Tree Affidavit (See Below).

The Model House Program was established to expedite the issuance of new house building permits. This program establishes a site-specific building permit application process valid for an unlimited number of permits in the current building code cycle.

To better serve our customers and ensure that each house is constructed in accordance with issued building permit and approved plans, DPS has update the program. Effective January 3, 2018, please see updated requirements.

How Can I Expedite my Review Process?

Please see our  Expedited Plan Review and Inspections Page.

Application Package
Application Residential Building Application
GSF Calc. for Pure Model Referback Referback Pure Model Submittal
Sprinkler Permit Policy Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
Right of Way Application Application to Construct in the Right of Way (Driveways)
Sample Letter of Permission Right of Way Letter of Permission
Required Roadside Tree Affidavit Roadside Tree Affidavit
Sediment Control Application Sediment Control Application
Fees and Taxes
Impact Taxes Development Impact Fee
New Construction Fees Executive Regulation Fee Schedule
Automation Enhancement Fee Automation Enhancement Fee
Sediment Control Fees Executive Regulation Fee Page
Right of Way Fees Executive Regulation Fee Page
Credit Card Authorization Form Credit Card Authorization Form
Bond Information Bond Information
Letter of Credit Letter of Credit
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Chapter 8 Montgomery County Code
Helpful Guidelines for IRC and IECC Requirements Residential Code Notes
Important IRC code references Important IRC Code References
Energy Conservation Requirements Residential Energy Code
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
  Single Family and Townhouse Use and Occupancy
Plan Submittal Guidelines Plan Submittal Guidelines for New Construction (Single Family and Townhouses
Energy Efficiency Sample for Residential Energy Efficiency Certificate
Checklist for Wood-Framed Wall Bracing Checklist for Wood-Framed Wall Bracing
Titleblock Requirements fo Plan Submittal Titleblock Requirements
What and When Inspections Are Required Residential Inspections Timing Checklist 
Buildings Notice of Required Residential Building Inspections
Blower Door Testing  Whole Building Blower Test Report
Certification of Duct Sealing Residential Inspection Report - Certification of Duct Sealing
Decks Notice of Required Residential Deck Inspections
Third Party  Third Party Inspections
Scheduling Residential Inspections Page
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Demolition"
Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections
Online Data Services Search DPS Online
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.

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