Permits and Inspections

The Department of Permits and Inspections is responsible for the administration and enforcement of building codes in Talbot County. The purpose of the codes is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard life or limb, health and public welfare. The codes shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures in Talbot County.

Visitors will be required to wear either a county-provided disposable mask, or their own personal mask, when in a county building.

Visitors will maintain a six foot separation, if possible, from staff and other visitors. Only two visitors will be permitted in our office at one time. Visitors are strongly encouraged to call ahead and schedule an appointment (410-770-6840); appointments will take precedence over walk-in visitors.

 If you need immediate attention, please contact our main line at 410-770-6840.


Please continue to check the Permits and Inspections webpage for updated information. In addition, the County has created a new site for current information on COVID-19 Orders, closures, resources, needs and assistance. Please visit

 Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

Inspection Changes

As we gear up for entering citizens' homes (for inspections of occupied homes and STRs) we have implemented the following guidelines for our inspectors and home owner/contractors to follow.

1. Only one person on site for inspection, the Owner or the Contractor
2. Owner/Contractor to wear a mask and maintain a 6' distance.
3. Inspector to wear mask and glove
4. Inspectors will dispose of gloves after each inspection and sanitize hands
5. In the event these guidelines are not followed, or the inspectors feel unsafe, the inspector will stop the inspection and document the reasons. The inspection shall be rescheduled.


Jobsite Safety and Recordkeeping Guidance for Coronavirus from
the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)


This office enforces all regulations governing the materials, design, application, construction and installation of foam plastic materials (i.e., spray foam insulation)
Please see our information sheet HERE, or contact the office at 410-770-6840.


Assistance with the Permitting Process

Please visit us at our office or contact us at 410-770-6840. Our staff is available by appointment to help review your application and plans. Building code questions can be directed to our Building Official, Brent Garner, at

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of projects require a permit?

All new homes, commercial structures, additions, demolitions (at no charge), renovations, remodels, agricultural buildings, sheds, marine construction, swimming pools and fuel tanks.

What work does not require a permit?

All work requires a permit, except for the following:

Exterior: Roof shingle repairs, siding replacement, painting, fences less than four (4) feet tall, sidewalks, at-grade patios, driveways, playground equipment or swings .

Interior: Cabinet replacements, floor covering replacements, in-kind replacement of windows and doors or the repair of leaking pipes or fixtures.

How much do permits cost?

Zoning Permits are required for agricultural buildings, sheds (under 300 square feet), marine projects, and fences. They cost $70.00, payable by check, cashier’s checks or money orders, to Talbot County.

Building permits are issued for all other projects, and fees are calculated based on the value of construction, the trades needed, and fees needed for additional reviews (forestry, flood, etc.) Talbot County only accepts checks, cashier’s checks or money orders.

What is required to submit a permit?

For a zoning permit: A completed application (Link), a completed checklist (Link) and four copies of a legible, to-scale site plan, drawn to an engineer’s scale, showing all property lines.

For a building permit: A completed application (Link), a completed checklist (Link), four copies of a legible, to-scale site plan, drawn to an engineer’s scale, showing all property lines and three legible copies of your building plans drawn to an architect’s scale (minimum ¼”=1’0” scale).

I’m looking for information regarding purchasing a property in Talbot County. How can your office help?

We can provide basic information regarding zoning setbacks for your prospective property. We also fulfill Public Information Act Requests (Link) for information we may have regarding past or outstanding permits.

Where does your office have jurisdiction?

In all areas of Talbot County, Maryland except the towns of Easton, St. Michaels, Trappe, Oxford and Queen Anne.

What are your hours?

The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
We accept permits until 4:00 PM
We schedule inspections for the next business day until 3:30 PM

More Frequently Asked Questions are available here (Link).

Our staff is always available to answer any questions or clarify any information at 410-770-6840

Talbot County Permits and Inspections
215 Bay Street, Suite 3
Easton, MD 21601
Phone (410) 770-6840 Fax (410) 770-6843
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Permits will not be accepted after 4:00 p.m.

Updated Fee Schedule Effective July 1, 2019


In order to receive buiding code updates, please send your e-mail address to (please reference you would like to be on our e-mail list and if you are a building contractor, HVAC Contractor, Plumbing Contractor, Architect, engineer or designer).

When these changes are announced we will post on our website and also e-mail.


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