Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs is the “quality of life” department of the City of Annapolis. It is made up of two divisions: Code Enforcement and Environmental Programs. Code Enforcement is responsible for licensing, permitting, and inspections relating to all facets of Code enforcement including, but not limited to, construction, rental housing, zoning, and construction trades. Environmental Programs is responsible for the enhancement of the environment through projects and programs including, but not limited to, urban forestry, “Clean Air Initiatives,” “Keep it Clean” campaign, Energy Efficient Task Force, Port Wardens, wastewater pretreatment and storm water management. Contact the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP) at 410-263-7946.

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DNEP Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are permits required in the City of Annapolis?

  • Why should someone get a permit?

  • What is a ‘stop work’ order?

  • Does all work require a permit?

  • Are there special building permits for commercial spaces?

  • If I plan to do interior or exterior demolition, is a permit required and if so, what plans do I need to submit?

  • Is anything else needed for a demolition permit?

  • Can I be issued a Building Permit before I plan on doing demolition work?

  • Is a permit required for piers, pilings, floating docks, dredging, or boat lifts?

  • Do tree removals require a permit?

  • How about landscaping?

  • What is a sheeting/shoring permit and when is one required?

  • Where can applications for the permits and licenses be obtained?

  • How long does it take to process a building, plumbing, mechanical or electrical permit?

  • How long does it take to process a grading permit?

  • How is the building permit fee assessed?

  • When are the various fees paid?

  • Do drawings need to be submitted for proposed construction?

  • How will I know when my permit is ready for pick up?

  • When can work be started?

  • Are inspections required?

  • Generally, what types of inspections are required?

  • Does a building permit have an expiration date?

  • If someone is interested in building a new house on a vacant lot recently purchased, which city agencies would be involved in the review process of this permit application?

  • Can you provide an example of what some of the issues might be with DNEP if an owner wishes to rehabilitate?

  • Example: I live in Eastport and want to add a family room and a second floor bedroom to my newly purchased dwelling. What should I do?

  • Example: I would like to add a deck to the rear of my house and would like to have my brother-in-law help but he will only be available for one week. How fast can we get an inspection on this project?

  • Example: I have my eye on a commercial building for a possible coffee shop but am apprehensive about signing a tenant lease. What should I do?

  • There are five steps up to a front door of a restaurant. Is accessibility for the disabled required?

  • An owner of a new gift shop will not allow the public to use the toilet. Is the toilet still required to be accessible to the disabled?

  • Is an Architect or Engineer services required on drawing submittals?

  • Can an architect or engineer licensed in Virginia design and certify drawings for a project in Maryland?

  • Does a contractor have to be licensed?

  • Do utility contractors have to be licensed?

  • Can an upper floor over a garage be remodeled to be used as a sewing room?

  • Can an owner add on to their house for their elderly mother-in-law?

  • When is a grease interceptor required?

  • Are there any special requirements for building near the water?

  • When are surety bonds or letters of credits required?

  • If an existing restaurant has been purchased by new owners and they plan to remodel, what are the requirements if the toilets are located up on the second floor?

  • A realtor’s client has a building permit that is not quite ready, but they need to settle up now in order to save the interest rate. Can you help?

  • Does a carry-out deli with no seats require a toilet room for the disabled?

  • Are toilets required for restaurants with seats?

  • Are exceptions made for existing conditions?

  • What is a Use and Occupancy Permit?

  • Why should I obtain a Use and Occupancy Permit?

  • When might capital facility charges be assessed to my permit?

  • What do you think is the single most important thing owners can do to make the process of implementing and completing his or her proposed project the least stressful and time consuming?

  • Is there a fee to submit revised drawings?