Building Permit information required by all Departments
- Tax Map, Block and Parcel Numbers (some information can be found on the tax bill or State of Maryland Assessment and Taxation website: www.dat.state.md.us)
- Subdivision Name, Section and Lot Number if applicable
- Complete Name(s) of owners as listed on deed or tax bill
- Settlement Statement or deed, if recent purchase
- Plot Plan (which can be drawn by the applicant unless the permit is for the construction of a new dwelling) to scale, showing the dimensions and shape of the lot to be built upon; exact size, location, dimension and build year of buildings already existing on the property, if any; the location and dimensions of the proposed building or alterations of existing structures, and the distances from property lines; the proposed use of the buildings or additions; location, length and width of driveway
- For grading permits, the square footage of the area being graded
Procedure for applying for a building permit
|Effective July 1st 2006: Obtaining a Permit for the Construction of a New Dwelling
A Final Lot Grading Checklist and all information associated with the checklist will be required at the time of building permit application for new home construction. The checklist requires a lot grading plan prepared by a licensed surveyor or engineer. No building permit will be accepted without the checklist and all supporting documentation.
Any questions regarding the checklist can be directed to Van Funk at the Department of Public Works at 410-996-5265.
Upon application the following will need to be submitted:
Plot Plan or Zoning Certificate
If the property is located in an incorporated town, written authorization for zoning from the incorporated town (except Elkton & Rising Sun) must be presented at the time of application. If work is occurring in the town of Elkton contact the town office at 410.398.4999. If work is occurring in the town of Rising Sun contact the town office at 410.658.5353. Cecil County has no building permitting authority in the towns of Elkton & Rising Sun, except for Erosion and Sediment Control Plans and/or MD 378 Pond Reviews conducted in the Cecil Soil Conservation District.
If the property is located in the County's jurisdiction three copies of a plot plan must be submitted. The plot is a diagram of the property drawn to scale, showing the actual dimensions and shape of the lot to be built on.
If the property is located in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (1,000 feet from tidal waters--maps located in Zoning office for determination), include the number of trees, if any, to be removed and the location of silt fencing or straw bale dikes if on slope.
Two (2) sets of specifications of plans with sufficient clarity and detailed dimensions to show the nature and character of the work to be performed in conformance with the Building Code. If Commercial or Industrial, three (3) sets of plans are required. One (1) goes on file. One (1) is returned to be posted at the property during inspections. Third copy if necessary is submitted to the Fire Marshals Office.
Building Official may require plans to be sealed by a registered engineer or architect.
Completed permit application. Applications available online. Application fee of $30.00 must be paid at time of processing. This fee is non-refundable, paid by cash or check. We do not accept credit or debit cards.
Letter of authorization, if the applicant is not the property owner.
Procedure for Obtaining a Plumbing Permit
A plumbing permit can be obtained after the building permit is issued
You must be a plumber licensed in the State of Maryland and in Cecil County
If a Homeowner is applying for a Plumbing Permit, he/she must submit two (2) schematics of plumbing to be performed, which will be reviewed by the Plumbing Inspector and take a plumbing test in the office of Permits and Inspections. One (1) copy of schematics is put on file and one (1) copy is returned to the Homeowner.
Homeowner must sign a Homeowners Permit Form indicating that he/she is doing the work themselves, and that the home will be their primary residence. The home cannot be intended for sale or rental.
Plumbing Inspector: William Funk, Telephone: 410.996.5235
Procedure for Obtaining an HVAC Permit
- An HVAC permit can be obtained after the building permit is issued.
- Contractor must be licensed by the State of Maryland and present license, insurance certificate and a letter of authorization on company letterhead and signed by the master license holder if the applicant is only a representative of the company.
HVAC Inspector: J.R. Heldmyer. Telephone: 410.996.5235
Electrical Permits & Inspections
Electrical Permits & Inspections Are Required For All Electrical, Including But Not Limited To All Phone,
Cabling, TV, Audio, Signs, Heating, Re-Energization Of Service, Change Of Use Permits, Etc.
All Electrical Contractors Must Maintain an Active Cecil County License.
It is illegal for an unlicensed contractor to perform any type of electrical work.
Electrical Contractors are responsible for:
1.) Maintaining An Active Cecil County Electrical License
2.) Installation And Supervision Of All Electrical
3.) Filing All The Necessary Permits And Inspection Applications Prior To Starting The Work
4.) Installing In Accordance With The Current Adopted Addition Of The National Electrical Code
And Cecil County Addendums
5.) Requesting Inspection(s) Of The Installation(s)
(Each Installation Must Be Inspected And Approved Before Can Proceed)
Cecil County Does Not Have Any Type Of Homeowner Permits For Any Type Of Electrical Installations
Maryland State Industrialized Building Certification Is Required For Prefab Structures
All Signs, Equipment, Devices, Wire, Generators, Etc. Must Be Listed And Labeled By An Approved Third Party
We Are Currently Enforcing The 2011 National Electrical Code And County Addendums To The Code.
All Electrical Installations Must Be Inspected and Approved By A Cecil County Authorized Electrical Inspection Agency Before Work Can Proceed Or Be Finaled.
Confirm That Your Electrical Contractor Has A Valid Cecil County License And That The Proper Permits Have Been Issued And All Required Inspections Have Been Completed Prior To Proceeding.
All Contractors Are Issued A Verification Of License Card With An Expiration Date.
If You Have Any Concerns, Contact Our Office To Verify.