Permits & Inspections


    While City Hall is closed, permits will be processed electronically. 

    Apply for occupancy permits or residential-only sheds, fences, decks, or trade permits online.

    For building and construction permits, email

    For trade permits, email

    For utility, sediment control, stormwater and all other general public works permits, email

    For fire protection systems, email

Both commercial and residential properties in the City of Rockville are required to obtain permits before starting construction projects related to electrical, plumbing, mechanical, structural work and more. Work in or adjacent to the public right-of-way or impacting trees or stormwater facilities also requires permits. Most permits also require one or more inspections before work is considered complete and final. Construction in Rockville is regulated by the city’s Municipal Code and Charter and Maryland Fire Prevention Code, among other codes and regulations.

Still have questions? Contact: 

Permits and Inspections
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we have changed some of our processes to practice social distancing by accommodating digital services.

Instruction for Virtual Inspections

Contractor Licenses

Plumbers and electricians performing work in the city must hold valid master license with the city and are required to have their work inspected. Heating and cooling contractors with a mechanical permit may perform furnace and air conditioning work.

Contractor Letter of Authorization

Effective January 1, 2020, the City of Rockville will require an authorization letter be completed for all in person electrical applications and permit issuance.