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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Stop! Do You Have A Permit?

Late summer into early autumn is a great time to refresh and enhance your yard, and the past two years have highlighted the importance of outdoor spaces as an extension of our homes for entertaining and enjoyment.  But before you begin that spring project, ensure you have obtained the necessary permits from the Village (and, when applicable, Montgomery County and the Historic Preservation Commission).
 When is a Building Permit required?  For the installation, replacement or expansion of the following:

  • Air conditioners, generators and geothermal systems
  • Garages, accessory buildings and sheds (of any size)
  • Decks, patios and terraces
  • Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces
  • Fences, gates and walls
  • Driveways and walkways
  • Lampposts, handrails and freestanding electric vehicle charging stations
  • Permanently anchored play equipment
  • Swimming pools and outdoor therapeutic baths
  • Landscape feature items such as fountains, trellises, and arbors
  • Regrading and any work that alters the existing flow of water on a property

(See Sec. 8-5 of the Village Code to review the full list of projects that require a Village Building Permit.)
When in doubt, Village staff are here to help! Email or call 301-654-7300 to confirm if your planned project requires a permit.  Confirming permitting requirements in advance will save you time and money and ensure you can get to using your outdoor space that much sooner!

User's Guide to Municipal Permitting for Residents and Contractors

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