Talbot County Planning and Zoning, which includes the Office of Permits and Inspections, will launch a new online process for land development permits and license applications beginning Monday, March 7, 2022.

Using an online system simplifies the permitting process, improves customer experience, and reduces the need for in-person visits. The paperless application system also offers remote application submission with online payment options, 24/7 direct access to track the progress of applications, schedule inspections, upload post-submission documents, and communicate with staff. In addition, updates can be received on permits and other requests after they are submitted. Permits will also be issued digitally.

“As part of our commitment to focus on “People, Projects, and Processes,” the transition to the OpenGov platform for land development and permit applications is a step toward efforts to improve customer service and streamline our processes.” ~ County Manager Clay Stamp

What kinds of projects require a permit?

The new system applies to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of any building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures in Talbot County.

All new homes, commercial structures, additions, demolitions, renovations, remodels, agricultural buildings, sheds, marine construction, swimming pools, and fuel tanks.

What work does not require a permit?

Some exterior and interior repairs and improvements do not require a permit.

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

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

How It Works

Applications will be submitted through the Talbot County website www.talbotcountymd.gov by selecting the “OpenGov Online Permitting” link on the Offices of Planning and Zoning or Permits and Inspections dropdown menus or by directly going to the portal at https://talbotcomd.viewpointcloud.com/.

  • The Office of Permits and Inspections will accept building, gas, plumbing, fuel gas, electrical, and HVACR permit applications electronically through the portal.
  • The Office of Planning and Zoning will accept land development applications through the portal, including site plans, subdivisions, special exceptions, and variances.

Although applicants cannot submit their online applications until March 7, 2022, the County encourages citizens, contractors, engineers, architects, and others to register and create a customer profile prior to that date. Applicants requiring assistance in registering a customer account can schedule an appointment with the either office.

For more information, please contact the Office of Planning and Zoning at 410-770-8030 or Office of Permits and Inspections at 410-770-6840.