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Building permits and/or Zoning Certificates are required for many indoor and outdoor projects, changes of use and home occupations. Prior to beginning a project, please call to find out if you need a permit. The department staff will help you navigate the permit process.

It is advised that you call the office in advance to make sure you have all the documentation you'll need to apply.

Permits are issued based on compliance with the following current Codes for Caroline County:

  • 2012 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2012 International Residential Code (IRC)
(as adopted and modified by the Maryland Building Performance Standards, COMAR 05.02.07 and by Chapter 88, Code of the Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland)

  • 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC)

  • 2006 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated (NSPC) with 2007 Supplement
(Authority: Business Occupations and Professions Article 12, Annotated Code of Maryland, COMAR

  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

  • 2006 International Mechanical Code (IMC)

Maryland Building Performance Standards, COMAR 05.02.07 Effective: January 1, 2010

Attorney General's Office Initiates Guaranty Fund Collection

The General Assembly has established a Home Builder Guaranty Fund to protect consumers, similar to the fund operated by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. The Guaranty Fund will be available to consumers who have contracted with a registered home builder and who suffer an "actual loss" due to incomplete construction, breach of warranty, failure to meet standards or guidelines, or failure to return a deposit.

Claims against the Guaranty Fund will be limited to $50,000 per claimant and $300,000 per builder. The Guaranty Fund applies only to contracts entered into after January 1, 2009. The Guaranty Fund will be funded through a $50 fee to be paid with each application for a new home construction permit, which the permit office began collecting January 1, 2009. The Guaranty Fund fee is non refundable.

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