Please be aware of changes in our operations.

Applications for building permits will be accepted by scheduled appointment only.

Electrical, plumbing, gas and fire permits may still be dropped off in our drop box (located in the lower level vestibule), submitted by mail or by appointment.

Please be aware that appointments for permit applications must be scheduled at least 2 hours in advance and are subject to availability. All appointments related to building permits are limited to a maximum of four building permit applications per scheduled time.

Please call 410-386-2674 to schedule appointments.

Please see the below guidelines for appointments and for entrance into the Carroll County Office Building.

  • Only customers with appointments are permitted to enter the building. Unless a customer requires assistance, other individuals should please wait outside.
  • Face coverings are required for customers to gain entry.
  • Visitors must wear face coverings during appointments and while in public areas.
  • Customers should arrive 5 to 10 minutes early for appointments to allow for security protocols.
  • Prior to entering the building please call 410-386-2674 and inform staff of your arrival
  • Brief screenings, which will include a temperature check and survey questions, will occur at the entrance to buildings.
  • Visitors will be escorted upon entering and exiting to and from the lobby and offices. 

Thank you for your patience while we reopen our Bureau to the public

On Monday 3/30/20 Governor Larry Hogan announced measures to promote social distancing due to the COVID-19 Virus. To continue operating while providing county staff, citizens and contractors the safest environment, we’ve updated our precautionary measures below effective 9/1/20.  These measures will continue until further notice.

  1. Interior residential renovations, additions, or finished basement inspections in occupied homes will be performed by use of virtual means when at all possible. This typically will require the contractor to meet the inspector at the site. Should the inspector choose to enter to perform the inspection all occupants are required to comply with all safety measures by wearing a mask or shall be out of the immediate area where the inspection is being performed. The Chief Inspector may allow alternate inspection and/or temporary use and occupancy until the current pandemic is cleared.
  2. Electrical, plumbing, and gas only permits, in occupied dwellings, inspection method will be on a case by case basis. The inspector will evaluate the request and determine how the inspection can best be performed while ensuring the safety of all. Contractors are required to meet the inspector on site to determine the best course of action. Should the inspector choose to enter to perform the inspection all occupants are required to comply with all safety measures by wearing a mask or shall be out of the immediate area where the inspection is being performed.
  3. No inspections will be performed inside of currently operating health care facilities, nursing homes, daycare's, and hospitals until further notice.
  4. Staff may consider using live video inspections under certain conditions and for specific requests.
  5. In some cases, contractor certification may be accepted for the user to occupy or use the permitted area until such time as an inspection can be scheduled and performed.
  6. Inspection staff can refuse to enter a site should they determine it is unsafe to their own health and welfare. Staff will consider all alternatives to complete the inspection.
  7. New home inspections that require entry into an enclosed structure will require the area under construction to be unoccupied. One person may accompany the inspector provided they wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing. This includes framing, insulation, sprinkler, electric and plumbing rough-ins and all final inspections. At no time will the inspector enter an occupied area if they determine it an unsafe condition.
  8. Commercial sites under construction will require the immediate area to be unoccupied except that one representative that is masked. Inspections on sites where the business has remained open during construction can be performed provided all State Guidelines are being followed.
  9. All other permit types being inspected will require the inspection area to be vacated upon the inspector’s arrival.

These measures are in place to provide safety to all parties involved during this time of uncertainty. We appreciate your assistance in ensuring we all can continue construction and operations during this pandemic. Any inspections that can be delayed should be until such time as the Governor lifts the current order. To ensure areas are vacated prior to the inspector’s arrival please call between 7:30-8:00 am on the day of the inspection to receive an estimated time.

For any questions please contact the office at 410-386-2674

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe

Permits and Inspections staff

Ensuring Safe Communities

Growing, thriving communities don’t just happen. They are made, collaboratively. Whether you have a renovation project or building a new home for your family, renovating an existing property for a small business, or planning a new commercial site, we’ll assist you in the process and ensure a successful project.

On this site, you will find detailed outlines of what’s required for common projects, links to check on the status of your permit application, searchable online versions of our adopted code amendments, and much more.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for please don’t hesitate to contact us at 410-386-2674. We’re here to help!

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; permit applications are accepted until 4:30 pm

Before you excavate or dig, visit Miss Utility.

Building Codes Save Lives:

The Carroll County Bureau of Permits and Inspections wishes to invite you to visit the below web pages to learn more about the importance and value codes and standards have on our everyday lives.

Please check Carroll’s Permitting, Plan Review, and Licensing (CPPL) Portal before filling out the form below.