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The transition to ePermits will be complete on December 4th

BALTIMORE, MD (December 1, 2017) – At the start of 2017, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) would launch its new ePermits system, making it possible for “over the counter” construction permits to be reviewed and issued online. Using the new system, customers would no longer need to come downtown to apply for permits. They could do so from their homes or offices 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and receive their approved permits via email.

Since that time, DHCD has worked to phase out paper permit applications for fixture changes, demolitions, extensions, and beginning December 4th, the remainder of all construction and alteration types.

“Seventy-five percent of customers are already using our online option to apply for permits,” said Michael Braverman, Baltimore’s Housing Commissioner. “To fully realize the efficiencies offered by the system, on December 4th, we’ll transition to our online system completely.”

Customers seeking “over the counter” construction permits will now be required to apply online. They can do so from home, or come to DHCD’s One Stop Permit Shop to apply with staff assistance using one of DHCD’s public kiosks. Through the system, customers receive permit approval or follow up within one business day.

“ePermits has helped make the permit application process faster and easier,” said James Moore of MCR Electric. “Moving the system fully online is a positive step forward for contractors doing work in Baltimore City.”

Processing all construction permits through ePermits will help streamline the process, provide enhanced customer service, and meet the needs of contractors and homeowners seeking greater convenience and efficiency. To learn more about ePermits, or to create your account, visit

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