Permit Process

CITY OF ABERDEEN

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS

The City requires that property owners, contractors, and developers obtain building permits to ensure compliance with all zoning, building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and accessibility codes, as well as any other local, State, and/or Federal laws.

Building permits are required for such things as new construction, additions, garages, carports, porches, decks, patios, fences, sheds, and driveways.

Demolition permits are required if a structure is being removed.

Getting started

The process begins with submission of a building permit application to the permit office at Aberdeen City Hall, 60 North Parke Street, 2nd floor, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. An application can be picked up at the permit office, faxed, mailed, or e-mailed to you, or obtained from the Aberdeen website by clicking here.

The permit application must also be submitted with a plot plan, location survey, or approved site plan.

For new construction, decks, additions, and similar projects, the applicant will need to submit three (3) sets of construction drawings.

Exception: If the construction is a deck of less than 600 square feet, and is to be done by a contractor with an active Maryland Home Improvement Contractor’s (MHIC) license, drawings are not required.

Fees

All fees must be paid prior to issuance of the building permit. A schedule of fees is available at City Hall or by clicking here. The Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits (DILP) performs all reviews of building plans, and all building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspections.

Building inspection and review fees for Harford County are collected by the City of Aberdeen and forwarded to the County. Any electrical, plumbing, and/or mechanical permits may be obtained from the DILP offices at 220 South Main Street in Bel Air.

Zoning Review

The Aberdeen Department of Planning and Community Development will review the building permit application and plot plan/site plan for compliance with the Aberdeen Development Code. If a problem is noted, a permit will not be issued until the matter is resolved.

Variances

A request for a variance from the Board of Appeals can be applied for if there is a problem due to unique circumstances or other pertinent criteria. Please see the Aberdeen Permit Office for the required submission forms and further details.

Sediment and Erosion Control Review

Depending on the project, a sediment and erosion control package may need to be completed. This assures proper placement and observance of sediment control measures. The package is available from the permit office and is reviewed by the City Engineer for compliance. Storm water management measures may also need to be implemented. The City Engineer’s office can provide details.

Plans Review

Where applicable, the construction plans will be forwarded to Harford County for review. When all agencies have completed the required reviews and all fees have been paid, the permit will be released, along with a copy of the approved plans. Where feasible, permits not requiring Harford County review will be processed the same day.

Inspections

All inspections for building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical items are conducted by the Harford County DILP. The Aberdeen City Inspector conducts inspections of sediment control measures and other public infrastructure items (i.e. water meters, sanitary cleanout, curb and gutter, etc.). Residential sprinkler rough-ins will be inspected by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Use and Occupancy

A Certificate of Use and Occupancy must be obtained from the Department of

Planning and Community Development before a structure can be legally occupied or used. Before this Certificate can be issued, all final building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspections must be conducted by DILP, as well as any inspections conducted by the City Inspector for Aberdeen. A certification from a licensed sprinkler contractor must also be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a change in Maryland law, the builder of any new home for sale in Maryland must register with the State Attorney General’s office and obtain a registration number. If the home is for personal use, the builder will be required to fill out an affidavit indicating such use. Violators will be turned over to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office for punitive action(s) per Maryland law.

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CITY OF ABERDEEN

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS

The City requires that property owners, contractors, and/or developers obtain building permits to ensure compliance with all zoning, building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire, health, and accessibility codes, as well as any other local, State, and/or Federal laws.

Building permits are required for such things as new construction, additions, modifications, upgrades, and change(s) of use for an existing building. Incidental items such as fences, sheds, and parking lots also require a permit. Demolition permits are required if a structure is being removed. Sign permits are required when a new sign is erected or a new business is being advertised. An applicant for a sign permit will need to include drawings showing the copy, design, dimensions, and height of the sign itself, and a location survey or site plan indicating the location of the sign.   

Getting started

The process begins with submission of a building permit application to the permit office at Aberdeen City Hall, 60 North Parke Street, 2nd floor, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. An application can be picked up at the permit office, e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to you, or obtained from the Aberdeen website by clicking here. The permit application must also be submitted with a plot plan, location survey, or approved site plan.

For new construction, additions, and similar projects, the applicant will need to submit three (3) sets of construction drawings, signed and sealed by an architect licensed in the State of Maryland. Commercial and industrial improvements will require an architectural seal on all three sets of construction drawings. One set of the drawings must have an original seal and signature.

Fees

All fees must be paid prior to issuance of the building permit. A schedule of fees is available at City Hall or by clicking here. Building inspection and review fees for Harford County are collected by the City of Aberdeen and forwarded to the County. Electrical, plumbing, and/or mechanical permits may be obtained and paid for at the Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits (DILP) office at 220 South Main Street in Bel Air.

Zoning Review

The Aberdeen Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) will review the building permit application and plot plan/site plan for compliance with the Aberdeen Development Code. If a problem is noted, a permit will not be issued until the matter is resolved.

Variances

A request for a variance from the Board of Appeals can be applied for if there is a problem due to unique circumstances or other pertinent criteria. See the Aberdeen Permit Office for the required submission forms and further details.

Tenant Occupancy Permits

When a new business locates in Aberdeen, or an existing business site changes its use, a tenant occupancy permit is required. A floor plan is required with the application. If any structural renovations are being suggested or a change of use is being undertaken (as defined in the International Building Code), sealed drawings prepared by an architect licensed in the State of Maryland must be submitted for review by DILP.

Overlay District Requirements

If a project falls within a designated Overlay District, additional reviews will be required prior to building permit approval.

Sediment and Erosion Control Review

Depending on the project, a sediment and erosion control package may need to be completed per State guidelines. The package is available from the permit office and is reviewed by the City Engineer for compliance. The City Engineer’s office can provide further details.

Plans Review

Construction plans will be forwarded to DILP for review. In addition, the Harford County (and/or State) Health Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office may also need to conduct their own review. When all agencies have completed the required reviews and all fees have been paid, the permit will be released, along with a copy of the approved plans and comments from Harford County and any other applicable agencies.

Inspections

All building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspections are conducted by DILP. The Aberdeen City Inspector conducts inspections of sediment control measures and other public infrastructure items (i.e. water meters, sanitary cleanout, curb and gutter, etc.). Depending on the project, the Harford County (and/or State) Health Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office may also need to conduct inspections.

Use and Occupancy

A Certificate of Use and Occupancy must be obtained from the DPCD before a structure can be legally occupied. Before this Certificate can be issued, all final building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire, health, and site inspection approvals must be obtained.