Do I Need a Permit to Build a Front Porch?

Front porches are a great benefit to any home. They add curb appeal and a place to get out of the elements when entering a house. Not only that, they can add to your home’s resale value. And in Maryland, they are a pretty common feature. We frequently get asked, “Do you need a permit to build one?” The answer is pretty simple, yes.

Maryland Homes Need a Permit

In Maryland, any structure that requires footings requires a building permit, no matter the size. This goes for front porches, decks, etc. However, every county varies in terms of its zoning regulations. So if this is a DIY project, it is always a good idea to check your county website. For the counties we work in, here are the permit requirement links:

Some of these are easier to navigate than others. The permitting process can be frustrating to many homeowners. That is why many work with contractors that can help with permits.

How a Contractor Can Help

If you go with a contractor, like 7th State Builders, we are very familiar with the different county regulations and permitting processes. We work with you to take care of all the required permits to ensure everything goes smoothly. For example, in Anne Arundel County, a home inside a Critical Area and served by a well and/or septic takes up to 10 working days for a permit review for a porch. However, those outside the Critical Area with public water and sewer can get same-day application and review.

Not only do we know where these areas are, but we also help with submittal requirements, the application, and checking on the status. All of this can be quite a hassle for homeowners. Also, it is important to know, even to pull a permit as a contractor, you have to be licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC). It’s a state requirement.

Always Use a Licensed Contractor

If you are hiring someone to do the work, which we strongly recommend you do, always use a licensed contractor. It is actually a crime for a business or person to act as a home improvement contractor in Maryland without an MHIC license. Our license number is noted at the bottom of our website at all times.

Why is this important? Unfortunately, many homeowners are the victims of fraudulent contractors. Having an MHIC license requires contractors like us to pay into a Guaranty Fund, which protects you as a homeowner. We highlight recommend you check the license status of any contractor you hire before work begins.

Trust 7th State Builders For Your Porch

A front porch is a great investment for your home when you do it the right way. Getting a permit is necessary no matter who does the work. However, we do strongly recommend you hire a professional.

The dedicated staff at 7th State Builders has been in the business for more than 20 years. We have the experience to offer diverse patio design projects based on your taste. Contact Us today to begin building your dream front porch.