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Inspections

The Inspections division provides customer assistance and inspection services to verify compliance with zoning, building, electric, plumbing, Floodplain Regulations, Minimum Livability and Maryland Accessibility Codes, and ordinances. Tracking and collection of Economic Impact Fees, which were deferred prior to Dec. 2, 1996; permit and inspection record keeping and retrieval; Mobile Home Park licensing; and assistance to Zoning Administration staff are also provided. Technical assistance is provided at pre-issuance (permit and construction drawing review), and as a follow-up (inspection coordination and technical assistance to the builder and the contract inspection agency MDIA) to issuance of construction permits by the Permits Review Section. Upon collection, review and approval of inspection reports from the contract inspection agency, as well as the zoning inspection staff, structures are "certified" for occupancy.
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Zoning inspection and compliance functions of this section range from follow-up on citizen inquiries, violations to site inspections for compliance with conditional uses, over lot grading and storm water management. Additional tasks include land use inventory activities such as nonconforming use and sign inventories.

Inspection Services
• Commercial Plan Reviews
• Commercial Site Development
• Critical Area Inspections
• Investigate Work without Permits
• Home Occupation Inspections
• Floodplain Regulations
• Schedule Zoning Inspections
• Maintains Records for Inspection, Inquiries, Unsafe Structures, etc.
• Research and Prepare Legal Documents for Recordation and Release Previously
• Recorded Economic Impact Fees (EIF) Agreements
• Residential Site Development Inspections
• Stormwater Management Inspections
• Zoning Inspections
• ADA/Handicap Inspections
• Investigate Citizen Inquiries
• Issuance of Use & Occupancy Certificates
• Minimum Livability Code Inspections (Rental Code)
• Perform Initial Damage Assessment for the Dept.
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Customer Assistance Guides

Our Customer Assistance Guides, or CAGs, are information sheets answering questions relating to many aspects of Land Use & Growth Management. Below is a list of the CAGs that are helpful in understanding aspects of the inspection process and procedures.

Building Permits for Pools
Building Permits for Decks
Building Code Inspections and Fees
Maryland Performance Standards (MBPS) 2015
Residential Fire Sprinkler Protection System

Codes & Amendments

View the St. Mary's County Building Code.

Minimum Required Inspections

View the county’s Minimum Required Inspections for Residential Projects

Citizen Inquiry Form

When filled out in its entirety, the Citizen Inquiry Form will allow you to inquire about the status of a permit, work being performed, or alert the county to unpermitted, illegal activities.

Additional Resources

The following websites are great resources for the inspections community. Find information on current codes, new products and as well as purchase inspections-related materials, code books, etc.

International Code Council
National Fire Protection Agency
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors Association
MDIA
Maryland Building Officials Association


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Comprehensive Planning
Development Services
Inspections
Permits
Zoning Administration

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Annual Report
Comprehensive Plan
GIS and Zoning Maps
Local Legislation
North County Town Center Plan
Zoning Districts
LPDD Master Plan
Water & Sewage Plan



Ordinances
Building Code
Electrical Code
Rental - Minimum Livability Code
Sign Regulations
Subdivision
Zoning

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Customer Service Questionnaire
Document Printing Fees
FAQ's
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Board of Appeals
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