Located less than an hour away from Baltimore, Frederick has a population of 70,000 people and is a perfect place for your next build. There are plenty of opportunities for both residential and commercial projects. One thing to take note of is that different rules and regulations apply to each type of project. Here’s a quick introduction to construction in Frederick.
The Department of Permits and Inspections takes care of permitting, inspections, and code enforcement. Their job is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Frederick. There are certain requirements that you need to provide along with your application.
For New One or Two-Family Dwellings, please submit the application, two copies of plot plans, a completed grading permit, and the proper fee. Submit your application to the Department of Permits and Inspections between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. The city will review your application and get back to you in about three weeks. If the permit has not been issued within six months of when you applied, you will need to apply again.
When you apply for your permit, you also have to pay a fee. The fees vary based on the type of project and the valuation of the project. Take a look at the permit fee schedule on the City of Frederick website.
In addition to obtaining a building permit, you must have your work inspected. To request an inspection, you need to provide some information. Leave your permit number, your name, phone number, company name, and type of inspection. If you have a more complicated project, you might need multiple inspections.
To do any home improvement work in the state of Maryland as a contractor, you need to be licensed. Some of the requirements are strict to ensure only quality contractors are working in the state. For example, before you can even apply, you have to take and pass the licensing exam.
After you pass the exam, you must have at least two years of experience in the field, provide proof of financial solvency, and show proof of insurance.
Liability Insurance is important for contractors. This type of insurance protects you from being personally liable for any damages or harm caused by your company. In Maryland, you must have at least $50,000 in insurance at the time of application for both renewals and the original application.
Projects in Frederick can vary greatly in size and scope. This means that the equipment needed changes from project to project. Purchasing equipment outright can be very expensive and if you need different equipment for each project, renting makes more sense. BigRentz offers a wide selection of construction equipment available for rent. Browse through our selection today and give us a call!