Building/Construction Permit Application Information

Town of Ocean City Code

Building Code for Windows and DoorSection 10.52 Paragraph (5)

Window requirements for all structures shall be in accordance with the International Building Code, except all windows and doors shall have Design Pressure Rating (DP) both positive and negative of at least 35 in buildings with a mean roof height equal to or less than 29 feet in height.

Any building with a mean roof height of more than 29 feet in height shall be required to have a minimum Design Pressure Rating (DP) of at least 45.

In addition, all emergency egress or rescue windows from sleeping rooms when applicable must comply with Section 1030 of the IBC 2015 Code and IRC 2015 Code Section R310.

Permit Requirements

Deck, Guardrails and Stairs Safety Inspection Checklist

 ALMOST ALL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IN THE TOWN REQUIRE A BUILDING PERMIT INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO

  • Windows and Door Replacements
  • New or Replacement Shed
  • New Roof
  • New Fence
  • New or Structural Repair to Stairs or Railings
  • Drywall/Ceiling
  • Mechanical (HVAC New or Replacement)
  • Electrical
  • Sign
  • New or Structural Repair to Decks/Balconies including Columns, Beams or Joist replacement
  • Deck Board Replacement
  • Docks, Piers, Pilings, Boatlifts and Bulkhead
  • Kitchen and Bath Remodel
  • New Commercial
  • New Residential
  • Development in the Floodplain

How To Apply For  A Building Permit

  1. Schedule an appointment with Planning and Zoning Department by calling 410-289-8855.

a. Click on the applicable permit application below, complete the fillable form and bring it with you to your schedule appointment.

Building Permit Application Sign Permit Application Mechanical Permit Application Electric Permit Application

b. Depending on the type of job, you may need additional information:

i. Six (6) copies of the building plans and material specifications as required.

ii. Two (2) copies of a site plan for project that changes or adds to the footprint of a building, includes additions, fences, decks, walkways, patios, sheds, and new/replacement HVAC units

iii. Homeowners undertaking their own project need to complete an Affirmation of Homeowner.

iv. HVAC permit applications need load calculations for new and replacement units.

c. Payment must be submitted at the time of application. The Town of Ocean City receipts cash, check or credit.
Permit Fees

d. Proof of Maryland Home Improvement Contractors License (MHIC), Ocean City Business License, Plumbers License, HVACR License and/or Electricians License as required.

 

2. Online Building Permit Submittal

a. Please call the Building Department at 410-289-8854 if you have any questions regarding online building permits.

Accessory Structure (Shed) Fence Roofing & Siding
Boat Lift Grading Sign – Face Change
Decks/On Grade Slab Guardrails Sign – New
Drywall/Ceiling Mechanical Only Windows & Doors
Electric Only Paving

 

3. Drop Off Permit Applications:

icon-right-arrow Plumbing Only icon-right-arrow Window/Door replacement with Manufacturer’s data
icon-right-arrow Electrical Only icon-right-arrow Fence with Site Plan
icon-right-arrow Mechanical Only with Site Plan and Load Calculations icon-right-arrow Siding with Manufacturer’s data
icon-right-arrow Roofing/Shingle Replacement with Manufacturer’s data icon-right-arrow EIFS Exterior Finish System with Manufacturer data

4. Walk-Ins – Monday, 9 AM to 11 AM

icon-right-arrow Electrical Only icon-right-arrow Window/Door Replacement with Manufacturer’s data
icon-right-arrow Mechanical Only with Site Plan and Load Calculations icon-right-arrow Siding Replacement
icon-right-arrow Roofing/Shingle Replacement with Manufacturer’s data icon-right-arrow Deck Board Replacement

Incomplete applications or incomplete plans received from building professionals including contractors, engineers and architects will not be accepted for review under any circumstances.

Additional internal and/or external agency approvals may be required. Please call 410-289-8854 if you have any questions regarding the permit process or you may contact the department below.

Drop-off permits are generally processed within 5 working days.  Processing time for all other permits will vary depending on the complexity of the project and the completeness of the plans and specifications. The key to a quicker permit turn-around is to have a complete, correct, and detailed set of plans.

Once a building permit is approved:

  1. You must pick up the permit in the Planning and Zoning Office, Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 5 PM.
  2. You must display your permit on the job site.
  3. You must schedule inspections throughout the building process.

HVAC and Electrical Third Party Agency Info.

 

No Permit Required For The Following

Building:

  • Non-Structural repairs up to $5,000 in total value that do not alter the size, shape, bulk or floor plan (valuation based on fair market labor and materials)
  • Most painting, wallpapering, tiling, and carpeting.
  • Repairs to cabinets, counter tops or similar finish work.
  • Repair of cracked or broken windows.
  • Repairs of existing parking lots or driveways.
  • Repairs to swing sets or other playground equipment accessory at a single family dwelling.
  • Roof repair or roof shingle repair.

Electrical:

  • Minor repair work including replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.

Mechanical:

  • Portable heating, ventilating or cooling appliances.
  • Piping within a heating or cooling appliance.
  • Replacement of any part that does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.

Plumbing:

  • Stoppage of leaks provided the defect does not require the removal and replacement with new material.
  • The clearing of stoppages.
  • The repairing of leaks in valves or fixtures.
  • The removing and reinstallation of a water closet for a cleanout opening provided the reinstallation does not require replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or new fixtures.
  • Removal and replacement, or repair of existing domestic/residential lavatory faucets, domestic/residential kitchen faucets, domestic/residential laundry tray faucets and shower heads provided such replacement does not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of any portion of the drainage and venting plumbing system, valves, water pipes, backflow devices or traps.
  • Removal and replacement, or repair of existing domestic/residential clothes washing machines, domestic/residential food waste grinder (garbage disposals), and domestic/residential dish washers provided such replacement does not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of any portion of the drainage and venting plumbing system, valves, water pipes, backflow devices or traps.
  • Removal and replacement, or repair of existing domestic/residential electric water heaters and domestic/residential electric tankless water heaters provided such replacement does not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of any portion of the drainage and venting plumbing system, valves, water pipes, backflow devices or traps.

 

Exemption from obtaining a permit is not an authorization for any work to be performed in violation of City Code. Although, a permit may not be required for work, other approvals may be necessary.

If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, please call us at 410-289-8855.