Commissioners' Corner Blog

Jun 24

[ARCHIVED] Do I Need A Permit?

The original item was published from June 24, 2021 4:13 PM to June 29, 2021 10:22 AM

Well, if you’re asking the question, the answer is probably yes. Each year, our code enforcement officer writes citations to residents who do not acquire proper permits.

So, why is it important? The most significant reason to get a permit is that it is illegal to build structures without one. Insurance companies often will not cover incidents occurring from issues with improvements if the proper permits are not in place, selling your house without the proper permits could hold up the sell and you may even be required to tear down the structure if you do not obtain a permit within a certain timeline.

Having a permit comes with a multitude of benefits. Not only do you ensure the safety of the workers constructing your project, but you also ensure your own safety, as well as that of your friends, family, and future owners. It prevents them from cutting corners during the process, which lowers hazards and risks while applying reliable construction practices. You also have solid plans for your project, so you can rest assured that the work being done is up to, if not beyond, code.

The purpose behind codes is to give reasonable assurance that a building is safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical and heating systems, electrical shock, and health risks. The permits provide a permanent record of the work performed and inspections conducted on the project.

Poolesville provides the Zoning Permit approval, which is the first step required for most types of construction. It is required for, but not limited to:

• New construction
• Additions
• Decks
• Fences (new or replacements)
• Sheds (new or replacements)
• Pools (in ground or above ground)
• Whirlpools, spas and hot tubs

In order to obtain Zoning Permit Application and determine if you project needs one, visit Decks, Fences & Sheds | Poolesville, MD - Official Website ( or call townhall @ 301-428-8927.

It is for the benefit of you and the community to use the permitting process to ensure that building projects comply with building/zoning codes and to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare. Sometimes this also includes safeguarding the appearance of the community or historic districts.