Building Permit Requirements


The Department of Planning, Housing and Zoning is open, and we are able to process your permit and project submissions. Please review our updated interim procedures for submittals while the County Government Center at 400 High Street is open for limited access by appointment only.


What is Needed To Apply For A Permit?

To obtain a building permit, the following items must be submitted:

  • Application form (For information on how to complete, please refer to: Application instructions)
  • Two sets of construction plans (Three sets are required for additions and renovations)
  • Site plan drawn scale of 1" = 40', a sample site plan is available at the Planning Office
  • Any applicable fees. For the Planning and Zoning fee schedule, click here. Health Department, sediment control and stormwater fees may also be required.

For more information on the permit fees and forms that may be required in addition to the Building Permit Application, please see the checklists below: 

Supplementary forms:


What Building Codes are Used?

Effective May 29, 2023

  • 2021 IRC 
  • NFPA 70 National Electrical Code Handbook 2017
  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2018
  • 2021 IECC International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2021 International Plumbing Code
  • 2021 IBC
  • NFPA 1 Fire Code 2018
  • 2021 International Mechanical Code (IMC)


Where Do I Submit These Items?

The application and attachments should be submitted to:

Kent County Department of Planning & Zoning
County Government Center
400 High Street
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

If you have any questions, please call the Planning and Zoning Department at (410) 778-7423 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday or fax at 410-810-2932.