Building permits are required for most residential construction and home improvement projects.  This is to insure public safety and property standards as well as compliance with the Land Development Code (LDC). Contractors and home owners are required by law to obtain any required permits before any work begins. Typical projects requiring permits are:

  • Home additions
  • Finishing basements
  • Interior construction
  • Garages, both attached and detached
  • Fences and walls
  • Sheds and storage buildings
  • Patios, decks and porches
  • Driveways and paving
  • General electrical work

 

Permit applications are reviewed for zoning and building code compliance.  This process takes a minimum of ten (10) business days.  Some permits - such as those for homes located in the Historic District - can take longer.

All permits expire six (6) months after the date of issue. Failure to start the work authorized by a permit within this six month period renders the permit invalid and a new permit must be obtained. Once work begins, noticeable progress must continue until completion.  All work must be complete within eighteen (18) months of the permit issue date, regardless of when work begins.

Permit application fees are due at the time of submission. No permit will be reviewed without the fees being paid. Permit applications must be submitted by the property owner or with the property owner's acknowledgement and permission in writing.

All permit applications must be submitted with the appropriate supporting documents. Applications submitted without such documents will not be reviewed until supporting documentation is provided. The specific supporting documentation for a given permit varies; however, most require site and building plans.  These plans must be properly scaled and in some cases sealed by an engineer, architect, surveyor, or other licensed professional.  A listing of permits applications, required documents, and other relevant information is below. 

Permit Applications

Permit Category Title/Description
Residential Home Improvement
Basement Finishing
Permits are obtained by submitting an electronic application on the Permit Portal https://portal.cityoflaurel.org/En
Residential Home Improvement
Decks and Patios
Fee $100.00 for decks/patios 500 sq. ft. or less; $150.00 for decks/patios more than 500 sq. ft. Documents - Residential Deck/Patio Permit Application
Residential Home Improvement
Demolition - Residential
Fee $150.00 Documents - Demolition Permit Applcation Utility Cut-off Letters (see below) Demolition Plan (3 copies)
Residential Home Improvement
Driveways
Fees Paving: $50.00 Right-of-Way: $25.00 + (curb/apron construction cost x .075)
Residential Home Improvement
Fences
Fee $50.00 Documents - Fence Permit Application - Site Plan
Residential Home Improvement
Fireplaces
Fee $50.00 Documents - Residential Fireplace/Chimney Permit application 
Residential Home Improvement
Garages
Fee $100.00 Documents - Residential Garage Permit Application - Site Plan - Framing Plan (3 copies)
Residential Home Improvement
Interior Renovations
Fee $40.00 + (construction cost x .0075) Documents - Residential Interior Renovation Permit Application - Building Plans (3 copies)
Residential Home Improvement
Pools (including Hot Tubs and Spas)
Fee $50.00 for above-ground; $200 for in-ground Documents - Residential Pool Permit Application - Site Plan 
Residential Home Improvement
Porches
Fee $60.00 for porches 500 sq. ft. or less; $125.00 for porches more than 500 sq. ft. Documents - Residential Porch Permit Application - Site Plan
Residential Home Improvement
Residential Additions
Fee $40.00 + (construction cost x .0075) + City Impact Fee Building Residential Addtion Permit Application
Residential Home Improvement
Retaining Walls
Fee $40.00 + (construction cost x .0075) Documents - Residential Retaining Wall Permit Application - Stamped Engineered Drawings (3 copies)
Residential Home Improvement
Roof Sheeting Replacement (townhouses only)
Fee $55.00 Documents - Residential Roof Replacement Permit Application Information Fire resistant treated materials must be used in replacement sheeting
Residential Home Improvement
Sheds
Fee $50.00 Documents  - Residential Shed Permit Application - Site Plan - Framing Plan (3 copies)
Residential Home Improvement
Walkways and Sidewalk Paving
Fee $50.00 Documents - Residential Paving Permit Application - Site Plan (3 copies)

Fire Marshal & Permit Services

The Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FMPS) is divided into two Divisions who are responsible for the management and enforcement of the City’s codes and ordinances as it relates to wide range of areas, to include building and property standards, fire and life safety standards, rental housing licenses and permitting services.