Electrical Permit Details

Electrical Permit

General Info - Statewide Permit


An Electric Permit is an Electrical Application that has been signed by an authorized representative of the Department indicating the Department's approval for the Applicant to proceed with the proposed electrical work. 

permit is not required for a homeowner to repair or replace a portable appliance, lighting fixture, fuse, lamp, socket or to make other minor repairs at an existing outlet in the homeowner's residence.


  • N/A

    Approval time

  • $50.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the Permit

Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. An application must identify and describe the work to be covered by the permit.

  2. An application must describe the property where the proposed work is to be done by legal description, state address, or other address that will identify the location of the proposed electrical work.

  3. An application must indicate the use and occupancy for the location of the proposed work.

  4. Must include construction documents that shall be drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and detail to show the nature and character of the work to be performed and are signed in one of the following methods:


    1.) The appropriate Maryland State professional engineer shall seal, sign and date all sheets of all sets; OR

    2.) If allowed by The Building Official, be signed by the licensed contractor doing the proposed work and include that contractor's name, license number, daytime phone number, and date of signature

  5. Must state the valuation of the proposed work.

  6. Must be signed by the Applicant or the Applicant's authorized agent.


Apply for the Permit

Ready to apply?

  • Online Application

Maintaining Your Permit

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)

  1. An applicant may request an extension of a permit application upon a showing that the electrical work has been diligently pursued.

Agency/Contact

Permit Issuer - Information

Who issues the permit?

Howard County - Department of Inspections, Licenses, Permits

Contact Information

Cathy Anest

Email: canest@howardcountymd.org

Tel: (410) 313-2455