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The City generally follows the guidance of the International Building Code, 2015 Edition when determining when permits are required.
For more information, please see the Approval Reference Guide for Permits.
Any trees that are to be removed as part of a project or are within fifteen feet of the project boundary must be shown on the site plan accompanying the permit application. The City Code requires that any tree removed must be replaced at a certain ratio and each replacement tree must meet a minimum size standard. If a tree is to be removed and there is no building or grading permit required, then a tree permit may be required if the tree is within the front, side, or rear setback adjacent to a public right-of-way, or is within 100 feet of the water (mean high tide). In addition, all tree removals within the historic district are subject to approval by the Historic Preservation Commission.
Generally, no permit is required. However, any land cleared that exceeds 5,000 square feet requires a grading permit. This includes foundation excavation, clearing prior to construction, grading for positive drainage, etc. Any new single-family home construction, regardless of the area cleared, requires a grading permit.
It is a permit for constructing retaining structures to keep dirt or neighboring properties from falling into an excavation. Any excavation directly adjacent to a public right-of-way (ROW), or private property may require sheeting and shoring. This type of excavation will require a permit.
Residential Sheeting/Shoring Permit
Commercial Sheeting/Shoring Permit
Visit our Forms, Permits and Licenses web page.
Generally, it takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks to process a building permit. Simple permits may be issued sooner. Commercial permits and more complicated structures may take longer since a more detailed review may be required. In many cases, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical permits are issued within 24 hours of submittal.
A grading permit review usually takes three to four weeks. However, the review for larger projects may take longer. All grading permits must also be reviewed and approved by the Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District (ASCSCD). The AACSCD charges a fee of $200 per acre, which is in addition to the grading permit fees charged by the City of Annapolis.
Fees are based on the value of the total construction, including materials and labor for the proposed job.
Construction can commence immediately after the permit is issued. However, the building permit must be displayed properly on the property.
If you want to use or occupy vacant land, change the use or ownership of an existing building (including space within the building), or enlarge a use that affects its parking requirements you will need to obtain a use and occupancy permit. In addition to zoning approval, compliance with building, fire, health, plumbing, mechanical (and others determined to be applicable) requirements are necessary. An inspection will be scheduled to determine if the building meets all applicable code requirements. Once the use and occupancy permit and other building permits have been issued, you may begin operation.
Home Use & Occupancy Permit
Commercial Use & Occupancy Permit