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Department of Permits & Inspection Services

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 203 South Fourth Street, Oakland, MD.  The purpose of the meeting is to review and take public comment on proposed amendments to County’s Floodplain Management Ordinance (found in Chapter 151 of the Garrett County Code of Ordinances). Interested citizens are welcome to attend.
The amendments consist of definition updates, some modifications to relevant dates, a revision in the designation of the Floodplain Administrator, updates to correct FEMA references and a change to the maximum size (600 sq. ft.) for an accessory structure permitted in the 100 year floodplain (as a result of a Memorandum from FEMA in concert with a revised Flood Insurance Study for Garrett County which includes a new detailed study area for a portion of the North Branch of the Potomac River in the vicinity of Bayard, WV.).  The amendments also include a proposal to raise the elevation requirement for all new construction in the floodplain area from1 foot to 2 feet above the 100 year flood elevation.

The new detailed study area of the Potomac River floodplain can be viewed at the FEMA website. Once there select Maryland, then Garrett County and then Garrett County All Jurisdictions under Community.  There you will find Pending Products. 
Additional information and a copy of the proposed amendments are available at the Permits & Inspections Office.

General Information

The Department of Permits & Inspection Services provides residential and commercial customers with the information needed to submit permit applications and plans; distributes permit applications and plans to agencies responsible for review; issues permits, and performs required inspections for approved applications. Other services provided by this office include:

  • Providing permit application and processing status,
  • Storing, maintaining, and archiving permit applications and plans,
  • Preparing and distributing brochures and other public information on permits.


The Department of Permits & Inspection Services is responsible to ensure compliance with all applicable Building Codes and to protect, maintain, and enhance the public health, safety, and general welfare by establishing minimum requirements and procedures to control adverse impacts associated with land disturbance, increased stormwater runoff, and encroachment by development onto floodplains.

The 2015 Garrett County Building Code adopts the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Residential Code and 2015 Energy Conservation Code with certain modifications and amendments. Additionally, all codes adopted by the Maryland Codes Administration through the Maryland Building Performance Standards are in force in Garrett County.

The Department of Permits & Inspection Services strives to provide the highest standards consistent with the adopted Building Code, Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, and Stormwater Management Ordinance. This is accomplished through building inspections, code enforcement, the issuance of use and occupancy permits, and the use of soil erosion and sediment control and stormwater management practices designed in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.17.01, the 2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications, the Stormwater Management Act of 2007, environmental site design, and appropriate structural best management practices only when necessary.


Jim Torrington, Director  301-334-7471
Ed Glotfelty, Inspector  301-334-7474
Reggie Breeding, Stormwater Management Engineer  301-334-7475      
Phil Crumley, Engineer Technician  301-334-7476
Randy Storey, Soil Technician  301-334-7477
Chad Fike, Assistant Director, Dept. of Planning & Land Mgt.  301-334-1922