As the Carroll County Office Building begins to re-open please be aware of changes in our operations.

Starting June 22nd 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 main 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



As you may be aware on Monday 3/30/20 Governor Larry Hogan has announced more extreme 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 added precautionary measures to our 3/16/20 notification.  

  1. No residential renovations, additions, or finished basement inspections in occupied homes will be physically performed. The Chief Inspector may allow alternate inspection and/or temporary use and occupancy until the current pandemic is cleared.
  2. Electrical service inspection requests will be on a case by case basis. Management staff will evaluate the request and determine if an inspection is necessary at this time.
  3. There will be no inspections at health care facilities, nursing homes, daycares, and hospitals.
  4. Staff may consider using live video inspections under certain conditions and for specific requests.
  5. In some cases, contractor certification will be sufficient for the user to occupy or use the permitted item until such time as an inspection can be scheduled and performed.
  6. Inspection staff will have the ability to refuse to enter a site should they feel it is unsafe to their own health and welfare. Staff will consider all alternatives to complete the inspection.
  7. Any inspection requested for a new home or commercial sites that requires entry into an enclosed structure will require the area under construction to be unoccupied for a period of 24 hours prior to the inspection occurring. This includes framing, insulation, sprinkler, electric and plumbing rough-ins and all final inspections. At no time will the inspector enter an occupied area.
  8. All other permit types being inspected will require the inspection area to be vacated upon the inspector’s arrival.

These additional measures are being implemented 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 tough time. Any inspections that can be delayed should until such time as the Governor lifts the current order.

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.

Permit Status Inquiry

Building Codes Save Lives:

The Carroll County Bureau of Permits and Inspections wishes to invite you to visit the below webpages to better understand the importance and value codes and standards have on our everyday lives.