A foundation permit is required for footings, grade beams, columns, and foundation walls. Trade work and slab construction is not permitted with a foundation permit. 

  • Don’t start work without an approved permit. A violation could result in a code enforcement violation with a penalty fee.
  • Submit the application at least 30 days in advance of scheduled work. On average, a foundation permit takes 30 days to review and approve.
 Still have questions? Contact: 

Permits and Inspections
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Permit Process 

Meet with Inspection Services

 Before submitting permits, you must meet with inspection services to review the proposed building plan. Our team will advise on the criteria required for the permit and help ensure the plans fit within the requirements.

You must bring the building plans to the meeting for review.

Gather Additional Documentation

 Additional resources are required with the permit application.

You will need:  
  1. Two copies of the complete foundation plans.
  2. Two copies of base building (shell) plans that meet the new buildings requirements.
  3. Two copies of superstructure plans to include structural load calculations for the entire building including wind, snow, live and dead loads, complete set of structural plans, height and area calculations and architectural elevations and sections.
  4. Review the complex structure requirements and complete the complex structure agreement.

All plans must be wet stamped and signed by the appropriate design professionals. 

Complete Permit Application

Complete the permit application and submit the application, additional materials and permit fee at:

 City Hall, second floor
 111 Maryland Ave.
 Rockville, MD 20850 

 Permit fee is $265.

Schedule an Inspection

After construction, schedule an inspection to ensure safety and code standards.

To schedule an inspection, call our 24-hour Voice Permits™ IVR System at 240-314-5040. Have your site-specific permit number and inspection code ready.