Building Plan Review

 Submittal Requirements


For residential construction, Plan Review Submittal Checklists are provided below to ensure that plans submitted for a building permit application are adequate for review. In some instances, the plan reviewer may ask an applicant to provide more information to help them evaluate safety aspects of the project or demonstrate structural integrity of the proposed work. For complex work or intricate construction features, professionally prepared drawings may be required.

Also available are Building Code Checklists that the Plan Reviewers use to determine code compliance. These checklists are attached to the field approved drawings that are returned to the applicant for their convenience. One set of plans are required for electronic submittal. 

Residential Plan Review Code Compliance Checklists


Deck Information Guide 

Pool Barrier 

Residential Review

Details & Handouts

Effective December 22, 2022: Residential Rooftop Solar Panel Guide

 Fire Separation Requirements 

 Safety Glazing Locations 

 Stair and Handrail Details 

 Window Sill Height and Fall Prevention

For non-residential, commercial construction projects, plans are required to be signed and sealed by a licensed Maryland architect or engineer. 1 set of plans are required for electronic submittal. 

Review Time

Plans are reviewed according to the established Plan Review Timeframes. During the review, if it is determined additional information is required to complete the review; a “Hold Notice” is sent to the applicant. When the additional information is received, the review is continued. 

Related Links  

View current Frederick County codes.

Access to codes and standards on the International Code Council website. All details are generated by Frederick County Department of Permits and Inspections.

Find energy compliance information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.


The Office of Plan Review performs the review for building code compliance during the permitting process. The construction plans, or blueprints, are examined by technical staff for such items as adequate light and ventilation, egress (safe exit ways), energy conservation, properly sized lumber, appropriate building materials, and required clearances.