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During emergencies there are two ways to apply. Permit applications may be submitted via a drop box in the lobby of County Administration building located at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air, MD. Alternatively, applicants can submit a completed application and all accompanying documents via email at email@example.com. We strongly encourage electronic submission during emergency events.
Applications and other necessary forms are available from the Planning and Zoning main webpage ⇨ click on Zoning Administration Document Center. If you have questions regarding forms and applications, please email us at Building@harfordcountymd.gov or call the office at 410-638-6442 any time for assistance.
The permit application is used for commercial permits, residential permits, and zoning certificates. However, not all information is required for every application. Please note, “occupancy classification” applies to commercial permits only.
For most applications can be processed with the following information:
Building Permit/Zoning Certificate Applications may be submitted electronically to Building@harfordcountymd.gov
Building/Zoning Certificate Application
Owner Authorization Letter
The only applications accepted through the ePermit Center at this time are roof mounted solar panels. You must have an account set up through the ePermit Center to process these applications. Please note that ground mounted solar panels cannot be applied for through the ePermit center. Ground mount solar panels are processed as regular building permits and can be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org or via the drop box in the lobby.
Anyone seeking a zoning variance or Special Exception approval should contact Planning and Zoning to schedule a pre-application meeting by calling 410-638-3103. This meeting can be held by phone or video conference. Once the application is completed, the applicant may use the drop box in the lobby or mail the application to the Planning Office. Once the application is deemed complete, we will contact the applicant to arrange payment. After all fees are paid, the application will be sent to the Hearing Examiners office for scheduling.
Zoning violations can be reported to the Zoning Enforcement section @ 410-638-3103 x1910 or via email at email@example.com. Please visit our Residential Zoning Violation and Unregulated Conditions page form more information.
A Site Plan Application Waiver (aka DAC Waiver) may be granted for minor changes or additions to nonresidential uses. A completed and signed waiver form must be submitted along with two copies of the proposed site plan. The application may be faxed, mailed or emailed to the Department or placed in the drop box in the lobby of the County Administration building.
Building permits and zoning certificates are required during emergency events. In general, a building permit/zoning certificate is required to:
Such structures include but are not limited to:
A building permit or zoning certificate may be required for certain home occupations or for the storage of untagged/inoperative vehicles.
A signed Owner Authorization form must be presented at the time of application if another party is applying on the owner’s behalf.
If you are unsure if a building permit/zoning certificate is needed, call the Permits Center at 410-638-3122 and visit the Zoning Administration Document Center.
Most applications are being reviewed and issued within 10 business days.
Once issued, a permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance. If construction is initiated, the permit will remain valid as long as work continues. If work does not progress for six (6) months after initial construction start up, the building permit will be considered ‘expired’. Please call 410-638-3122 for more information.