Building & Zoning Department

Building/Zoning Permits

No building, structure, or land shall be used or occupied, and no building, structure or part thereof shall be erected, constructed, reconstructed, moved, demolished, or structurally altered within Town limits without a permit issued by the Zoning Administrator.

Examples where a permit is required include, but are not limited to:  demolition, new construction, remodeling, additions, sheds, decks, fences, new/replacement roofs (if replacing plywood), driveways, sidewalks, installing signs, beginning a new business, etc.

The Town uses one universal Permit Application for all applicants.  The application and other documents are available below and only parts relative to your project need to be filled out.  Fees vary depending upon work proposed, and are collected at the time of permit approval and pick up. Only cash or check payments (payable to “Town of Queenstown”) are available at this time. You may contact the Town Office for fee quotes.

  1. Residential renovations and construction – Permit applications should be submitted with three (3) copies of a site plan, as well as three (3) copies of building plans or building/deck detail sheet (if applicable).  Site plan should include all measurements and calculations on existing and proposed buildings, driveways, walks, etc.
  2. Commercial renovations and construction – Permit applications must be submitted with three (3) sets of architecturally sealed plans.

Building-Zoning Permit Application

Building Detail Sheet

Deck Detail Sheet


Plumbing/Electrical/Mechanical Inspection Permits

The Town requires filing of permits for all plumbing, electrical and mechanical work to be performed within Town limits.  The applications are available below. Fees vary depending upon work proposed. Fee schedules are included with the applications to determine amounts due. Fees are due upon submission of applications. Only cash or check payments (payable to “MDIA”) are available at this time.

MDIA Electrical Inspection Application

MDIA Mechanical Inspection Application

MDIA Plumbing-Mech Inspection Application


Tree Removal Permits

Tree removal within Town limits requires a permit application to be filed with the Town.  Replacement requirements may apply if removed trees are located within the Critical Area. There is currently no fee for tree removal permits.

  1. Permit applications should be submitted with a site plan showing location of tree(s) to be removed, and should state reason for removal and plans for replacement if applicable.

Tree Permit Application     Tree Replacement Requirements Chart

Green Book for the Buffer     Critical Area FAQ Sheet


Subdivision Application


Building Codes

The Town of Queenstown currently uses the following codes:

2021 IRC – International Residential Code (as amended by Ord. 22-04)

2021 IBC – International Building Code (as amended by Ord. 22-01)

2021 IEBC – International Existing Building Code (as amended by Ord. 22-03)

2021 IECC – International Energy Conservation Code (as amended by Ord. 22-02)

2015 NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code

2014 NEC – National Electric Code

2015 IFC – International Fire Code

2015 Maryland Plumbing Code

2011 Maryland Accessibility Code