Worcester County Building Codes

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PLUMBING/GAS PERMITS

Projects that involve plumbing and installation of gas service and/or appliances must obtain the proper Plumbing/Gas Permits. However, it is not required prior to the issuance of the Building Permit. Plumbing/Gas Permits may be obtained from the following locations:

  • Isle of Wight Office - located at the corner of St. Martins Neck Road and Route 90, or contact the office at (410) 352-3057 or (410) 632-5407. (Construction in the Ocean Pines area, Newark area or West Ocean City area must obtain Plumbing/Gas Permits from the Isle of Wight Office.
  • Snow Hill - located in Room 1201 of the Government Center, or contact the office at (410) 632-1200.
    1. See Fee Schedule below for permit costs.
    2. If outside of the public water and sewer service area, Plumbing Permits may be obtained by either the homeowner or licensed plumber. If within public water and sewer service area, only a master plumber is permitted to obtain a Plumbing Permit.

Contact the office at (410) 632-1200.

Plumbing Permit Fees

  1. Mobile Homes: $65.00
  2. Modular Homes: $100.00
  3. Stick Built Homes: $150.00
  4. Chicken Houses, Back Flow Preventer: $65.00
  5. Additions, Modifications, Remodeling: $100.00

***There is a $50.00 reinpsection fee charged if the work is not completed at the time of the inspection request.

Gas Permit Fees

  1. Gas Permit: $40.00
  2. Admin Fee: $25.00
  3. Each Additional Appliance (over 3): $5.00

ZONING PERMITS

A Zoning Permit is required for any type of use of land, detached building or structure (which is 500 square feet or less in size), above-ground swimming pool, signs, home occupations, agricultural structure, fence/wall, sign, etc. The permittee shall provide the following information along with a complete and notarized Zoning Permit application and the initial submittal fee.

  1. Four (4) copies of an approved site plan if outside of public water and sewer service area; three (3) copies of an approved site plan if within public water and sewer service area (i.e. Ocean Pines, Newark, West Ocean City).The site plan should illustrate the following information:
    • Uses and sizes of existing and proposed building structures/use areas;
    • Dimensions along all property lines;
    • Distances between the proposed construction activity and any existing building structures to º each other, lot lines, ditches, roads, and private well/septic, if applicable.
  2. See Fee Schedule below for permit costs.
  3. Due to the existence of wetlands, flood plains, multiple lots, public services on the property, etc., the Department may require the filing and recording of other "special" documents as part of the permit package.

Zoning Permit Fees

  1. Accessory Structures (Under 500 square feet): $50.00
  2. Use of Land (i.e. fences, home occupation ): $50.00
  3. Chicken Houses: $50.00
  4. Agricultural Structures: $50.00
  5. Signs ($1.00 per Sq. Ft. or $50.00 minimum)

ZONING INSPECTIONS

If a zoning permit has been issued, a site inspection is required after the completion of the proposed work/use to confirm compliance with zoning setbacks. Upon completion of the inspection, the applicant will receive a copy of a Zoning Cerificate for the use of the structure/use.

ELECTRICAL PERMITS

Project that involve or require electric must obtain the proper Electrical Permit. However, it is not required prior to the issuance of the Building Permit. Electrical Permits may be obtained from the following locations:

  • Isle of Wight Office - located at the corner of St. Martins Neck Road and Route 90, or contact the office at (410) 352-3057 or (410) 632-5407. (Construction in the Ocean Pines area, Newark area or West Ocean City area must obtain Electrical Permits from the Isle of Wight Office).
  • Snow Hill - located in Room 1201 of the Government Center, or contact the office at (410) 632-1200.
  1. See Fee Schedule below for permit costs.
  2. Electrical Permits may be obtained by either the homeowner or licensed electrician.

Electrical Permit Fees

  1. Permit Fee: $25.00

***The County does not perform electrical inspections. The owner/applicant will be required to contact an outside inspection agency for all electrical inspections. See below:

  • Middle Department Inspection Agency: 410-749-0641
  • Maryland Electrical Inspections: 410-219-3228
  • Private Inspection Agencies Approved by Worcester County

WATER SUPPLY & WASTEWATER DISPOSAL

If the property is located within a public water and/or sewer service area, the applicant/property owner should contact the Water and Wastewater Department at (410) 641-5251.

If the property is not located within a public water and/or sewer service area, the applicant/property owner should contact Environmental Programs at (410) 632-1200 regarding possible permits and fees.

OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATES

According to the Worcester County Zoning and Subdivision Control Article, Section ZS 1-115(b) Zoning/Occupancy Certificate, "It is unlawful to:

(1) Use a building or structure or part thereof, erected or located after the effective date of this Title, until a zoning/occupancy certificate for such use shall have been issued by the Department....." Failure to obtain a Zoning/Occupancy Certificate prior to the use or occupancy of any structure is a violation and could result in the issuance of civil infraction citations/fines.

Important Note: Issuance of a Zoning/Occupancy Certificate requires 48 hours for processing after approval of the final inspections (Building/Zoning, Plumbing/Electrical, and Water & Wastewater).

PERMIT FEES

Residential Building Permit Fees

  1. Stick Built Houses, Modular Homes and Additions
    1. Minimum fee: $50.00 payable at time of submittal (NON-REFUNDABLE).
    2. Habital Area (Stick Built House, Addition & Modular Homes) Square Footage x $48.12 x .0055
    3. Non-Habital Area (Garages, Covered Decks, etc.) Square Footage x $22.62 x .0055
    4. Open Decks - Square Footage x $15.00 x .0055 dential Building Permit Fees
  2. Mobile Homes: $100.00
  3. Accessory Structures (Greater than 500 square feet): Square Footage x $22.62 x .0055