Harford County, MD
 
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Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Harford County Council by Bill No. 76-5.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits — See Ch. 16, Art. I.
Animals — See Ch. 64.
Mass public assemblies — See Ch. 68.
Auctioneers' licenses — See Ch. 72.
Building construction — See Ch. 82.
Electricity — See Ch. 105.
Environmental control — See Ch. 109.
Massage establishments — See Ch. 166.
Licenses for mobile homes and trailers — See Ch. 173, Art. II.
Permits for use of parks — See Ch. 185.
Pawnbrokers — See Ch. 188.
Licenses for peddlers and solicitors — See Ch. 197.
Personal-care boarding homes — See Ch. 199.
Plumbing — See Ch. 202.
Closing-out sales — See Ch. 211, Art. I.
Permits for land-disturbing activities — See Ch. 214.
Sanitary construction permits — See Ch. 216.
Signs — See Ch. 219.
Taxicabs — See Ch. 232.
Parking permits — See Ch. 244.
Water and sewers — See Ch. 256.
Zoning — See Ch. 267.
[1]
Editor's Note: This legislation was included as Ch. 13, Art. I, of the 1978 Code.
The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits shall be responsible for the administration and issuance of all county licenses or permits, except:
A. 
Permits and inspections of water, sewer and roads, which shall remain in the Department of Public Works.
B. 
Those licenses or permits required to be issued by another agency under the law.
[Amended by Bill No. 11-46[1]]
A. 
No person shall conduct, engage in, operate, maintain, carry on or manage any business, occupation, thing or device for which a license or permit is required by any provision of this Code without first having obtained the license or permit from the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits or other issuing agency, as provided in this Code or other applicable laws, and paying the prescribed fee, which may be waived or refunded as provided herein.
B. 
In the event the State of Maryland or the County has declared a state of the County emergency for Harford County pursuant to state law due to any number of outside factors, including but not limited to flood, water, wind, snow, ice, hurricanes, tidal storms, tornadoes or earthquakes, the County Executive or his/her designee is hereby vested with the discretion to waive or refund initial permitting fees that a property owner is subject to due to damage caused by disasters, including those named herein. The fee waiver or refund provided for herein applies only to single-family homes or townhouses and any associated accessory structures.
C. 
In order to receive either the waiver or refund provided for herein, an affidavit, as prepared by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, must be executed by the property owner and received by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits within 30 days of the declared state of the emergency.
[1]
Editor's Note: This bill provided that it is to be construed to apply retroactively for all permits applied for in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 157 after 8-25-2011. In addition, it provided that those persons applying retroactively for a refund due to the emergency of 8-25-2011 have 30 days from the effective date of Bill No. 11-46 (10-18-2011) to submit their written affidavit.
[Amended by Bill No. 13-49]
A. 
Every application for a license or permit required under this chapter, except for those licenses or permits specifically excepted, shall be made to the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits or other issuing agency, which shall provide forms for that purpose.
B. 
Every application for a license or permit shall contain the name of the applicant and the place of business of such applicant. If the applicant is a partnership or firm, the application shall contain the names and residence addresses of all its members; if a limited partnership, the names and residence addresses of the general partners; and if a corporation, the names and residence addresses of its principal officers. In addition to such statements, there shall be set forth such other material information as the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits or other issuing agency prescribes.
C. 
Whenever a license is not approved or is refused, any fee paid in advance shall be refunded to the applicant.
Upon reviewing the duly filed application, the Director of the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits shall refer such application, if required, to the:
A. 
Police or law enforcement agency for investigation of the applicant.
B. 
Chief Building or Housing Inspector, Health Officer, fire agency or any other designated agency or person for an inspection of the premises or items.
The schedule of license and permit fees for licenses and permits is set out in Article II of this chapter.
Where applicable, an applicant for a license under this Code must furnish proper certificates of workmen's compensation.
A. 
After referral as provided in § 157-4 and approval thereof, the investigating agency or its designee shall refer the application with any recommendations to the issuing agency for action.
B. 
If the issuing agency approves the application, the license or permit shall be issued upon payment of the prescribed fees under Article II of this chapter to the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, and such fees shall be turned over to the County Treasurer, who shall dispose of them as required by law.
C. 
No refunds will be given on application fees where approvals have been granted.
All licenses or permits shall be issued for a period of one (1) year, commencing on July 1 and ending on June 30 the following year, unless otherwise specified in this Code or specified on the license or permit.
A license or permit issued by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits shall expire on the date specified by law.
A. 
Every license issued under the provisions of this Code shall bear the name and address of the licensee, the nature or kind of business, occupation, thing or device licensed, the amount of the fee paid, the period for which such license is issued, the street address where such business, occupation, thing or device is located and such other material information as the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits prescribes.
B. 
The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits or other issuing agency may also issue a decal or other emblem as part of the license, and when so issued, it shall be affixed as provided in this chapter.
A. 
No person to whom a license has been issued under any provision of this chapter shall fail to display such license prominently at the street address shown thereon or, if no street address is shown thereon, at the address where such business, occupation, thing or device is located. If the license pertains to a vehicle of any type, such license shall be affixed to the vehicle in a prominent location.
B. 
No person to whom a license has been issued under any provision of this chapter and for which license the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits or other issuing agency supplies a decal or other emblem shall fail to affix such decal or other emblem to such thing or device for which the license was issued.
An application for renewal of a license or permit shall be filed with the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits at least one (1) month prior to its expiration date, unless otherwise specified in this Code.
Unless otherwise provided in this Code, all licenses or permits issued by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits or other issuing agency are nontransferable.
Whenever a license or permit is lost or destroyed, a duplicate license or permit may be issued by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits if the applicant:
A. 
Requests the same; and
B. 
Pays a replacement fee of one dollar ($1.).
The suspension or revocation of any license or permit or the refusal to issue any license or permit under this Code shall be for just cause, after notice and hearing thereof pursuant to the provisions § 1-22.
[Amended by Bill Nos. 81-37; 81-45; 82-25; 82-30; 84-59; 85-33; 85-44; 85-48; 87-31; 88-69; 90-49; 90-78; 92-23; 92-43; 92-56; 92-71; 92-77; 93-7; 93-44; 93-70; 95-41; 96-57; 97-49; 00-15]
[Amended by Bill No. 13-49]
A. 
Prior to the issuance of any permit or license, the applicant shall pay to the county a fee in accordance with the schedule of fees set forth in the Harford County Code. Fees shall be reasonably calculated to provide, insofar as practicable, sufficient funds to provide for the cost of administering and enforcing the codes and laws of the county.
B. 
Where no work has been done under a permit issued under this chapter, the holder of the permit may deliver the permit to the Department, and upon cancellation thereof shall be refunded 50% of the fee paid therefor, provided that application of the refund is made within 6 months of the issuance of the permit.
C. 
When a permit is disapproved or withdrawn, the applicant shall be refunded 50% of the fee paid.
D. 
The following fees shall be charged for building permits. All fees apply to each unit. However, square foot costs include those usable portions of a structure that are enclosed, including basement or cellars. Attics and top-half storage, where the ceiling is less than 7 1/3 feet (88 inches), are excluded.
Type of Building
New Construction, Additions, Alterations
SINGLE OCCUPANCY BUILDING – NEW CONSTRUCTION
GROUP A -- ASSEMBLY BUILDING
(Church, school, theater, lecture hall, restaurant, nightclub, exhibition hall, terminal, recreation center, gymnasium, physical fitness center, library)
$0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP B -- BUSINESS
$0.09 per sq.ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP E – EDUCATIONAL
$0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP F -- FACTORY AND INDUSTRIAL
$0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP H -- HIGH HAZARD USES
$0.12 per sq. ft., minimum $225, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP I -- INSTITUTIONAL
$0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP M -- MERCANTILE
$0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP R -- RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
1- and 2-family dwelling (and Group R-3, R-4)
$0.06 per sq. ft., minimum $75, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Hotel building (Group R-1)
$0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Dormitory building and assisted living facility (Group R-2)
$0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Multi-family (apartment and condominiums) (Group R-2)
$0.08 per sq. ft., plus $10 for shell certificate of occupancy, $10 certificate of occupancy for each dwelling unit if required
Mobile home
Without basement
$50 single wide on private lot, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
$70 double wide on private lot, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
$45 single wide in park, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
$65 double wide in park, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
With basement
$80 single wide, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
$135 double wide, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Additions, alterations, renovations to 1- and 2-family dwellings constructed to the provisions of the International Residential Code
$0.05 per sq. ft., minimum $65, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
1- and 2-family dwelling accessory structure
200 sq. ft. and greater
$0.05 per sq. ft., minimum $25, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Under 200 sq. ft.
$20 (no certificate of occupancy or inspections required)
1- and 2-family dwelling accessory structure (deck, porch or balcony, attached or detached) constructed to the provisions of the International Residential Code
$0.05 per sq. ft., minimum $30, plus $10 certificate of occupancy
Retaining wall accessory to 1- and 2-family dwelling
$1 l/f, minimum $90 - maximum $180, plus $10 certificate of occupancy
Exterior facade to include replacement of exterior finishes building permit required 1- and 2-family dwelling constructed to the provisions of the International Residential Code
$75, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP S -- STORAGE BUILDINGS
Shell building with no declared occupancy (separate permit required for occupancy)
$0.05 per sq. ft., minimum $150
Shell tenant space to create a tenant or multiple tenant space (addresses must be created for each space; separate permit required for occupancy of each space)
$0.05 per sq. ft., minimum $150
Tenant permit for first occupancy
Base occupancy fee - $0.05 per sq. ft., minimum $75, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Tenant occupancy with modification (space must be legally existing)
Fee per sq. ft. price same as occupancy group classification for new, minimum $75, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
GROUP U -- MISCELLANEOUS
Boat pier
$35
Bulkhead
$35, per 100 ft.
Fence
$20 plus $0.04 per foot over 250 ft.
Marina
$20 per slip, $0.09 per sq. ft., minimum $150
Retaining wall
$30
Retaining wall (building permit required)
$1 l/f, minimum $240 - maximum $480, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Tank, above-ground or underground
$40
Tank, above ground or underground (permit required)
$240, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Replacement of certificate of occupancy
$10
Re-roofing of a structure when a building permit is required 1- and 2-family dwelling
$75, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Re-roofing of a structure when a building permit is required
$0.01 per sq. ft., minimum $240 - maximum $480, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Exterior facade to include replacement of exterior finishes building permit is required
$0.01 l/f, minimum $240 - maximum $480, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Playground equipment (not associated with a 1- or 2-family dwelling, permit required)
$75, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Demolition without a separate permit, except that no fee shall be required; demolition is performed as a training exercise by a fire company located in Harford County
$75
Relocation
Without alterations
$50
With alterations
$0.04 per sq. ft., minimum $50
Mobile home park
To establish a park
$500
Each space
$50
Each permanent service building
Fee same as required for use group in new construction
Signs
Billboard
$65 over 300 sq. ft.
Marquee sign
$25
Roof sign
$45
Freestanding sign
$40
Face sign
$30 on structure
Temporary portable sign
$40
Swimming pool
Residential
$40 above-ground
$75 in-ground
Swimming pool (club, public or private)
$125
Utilities, public or private, each structure (tower, transformer, pole, etc.)
$20
Utility or communication tower
$150, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Utility or communication tower, replacement or addition of equipment (tower must be legally existing)
$75, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Occupiable structure
$0.05 per sq. ft., minimum $65, plus $10 for certificate of occupancy
Reissue expired permit, with Department approval
$60 or cost of original permit, whichever is less
Preliminary plan review except 1- and 2-family construction
$60 per hour
Reinspection or unnecessary trip
$50
Reinspection fee, upon receipt of temporary certificate of occupancy
$50
Investigation fee (in addition to regular permit and license fees)
$100
Written notice of violation, working without a valid license or permit, issuance of a stop work order, in addition to regular fee
$250 first occurrence
$300 second occurrence
$350 subsequent occurrence (with administrative hearing)
Penalty charged for proceeding without the prior inspection
$50
Hourly rate
$60 per hour
Replacement of U&O
$10
[Amended by Bill No. 13-49]
The following fees shall be charged for plumbing permits:
A. 
Permit for new installation:
(1) 
First fixture: $30
(2) 
Each additional fixture: $5
B. 
Reconstruction or addition to existing plumbing:
(1) 
First fixture: $30
(2) 
Each additional fixture: $5
C. 
Business, commercial and industrial, new:
(1) 
First fixture: $80
(2) 
Each additional fixture: $5
D. 
Backflow preventor (each): $100
E. 
Sand trap, filter or water conditioner: $50
F. 
Interceptor, oil or grease: $50
G. 
Sewer ejector only: $50
H. 
Sewer and water - residential:
(1) 
Sewer connection: $30
(2) 
Water service connection: $30
(3) 
Sewer and water combined: $60
(4) 
Abandon sewer line: $30
(5) 
Abandon water service: $30
I. 
Sump pump: $15
J. 
On-site utilities:
(1) 
Storm sewer: $90
(2) 
Water: $90
(3) 
Sewer: $90
K. 
Gas:
(1) 
First fixture, 2" or smaller: $40
Each fixture thereafter: $5
(2) 
First fixture, over 2" and under 3": $60
Each fixture thereafter: $5
(3) 
First fixture, 3" and under 6": $80
Each fixture thereafter: $5
(4) 
First fixture, 6" and over: $200
Each fixture thereafter: $5
L. 
Water-cooled air conditioner: $15
M. 
Solar installation: $30
N. 
Private water system (wells): $30
O. 
Reinspection or unnecessary trips: $50
P. 
Investigation fee (in addition to regular permit and license fees): $100
Q. 
Written notice of violation, working without a valid license or permit, issuance of a stop work order, in addition to regular fee:
(1) 
First occurrence: $250
(2) 
Second occurrence: $300
(3) 
Subsequent occurrence (with administrative hearing): $350
R. 
Fee for fixtures installed but not listed on permit:
(1) 
First fixture: $30
(2) 
Each fixture thereafter: $5
S. 
Plan review -- to be added to permit fee: $60 per hour
T. 
Hourly rate: $60
A. 
The following fees shall be charged for sanitation construction permits:
(1) 
Soil percolation test, per lot: $150
(2) 
Soil evaluation (I&A): $200
(3) 
Private sewage disposal system:
(a) 
New system fees:
[1] 
Sanitation construction permit fee: $160
[2] 
Sanitary disposal fee: $190
(b) 
Sanitation construction fee for correction to existing system: $50
B. 
The following fees are for health inspections and permits in related field work:
(1) 
Well sampling: $30
(2) 
Mobile home park inspection prior to transfer of ownership: $100
(3) 
Well permit fee: $80
(4) 
Inspection of private sewage disposal systems and wells prior to the transfer of property: $25
A. 
Cable television: $50
B. 
Telephone lines: $50
C. 
Gas and electric: $50
D. 
Driveway permits:
(1) 
Site inspection: $25
(2) 
Desk review: $10
[Amended by Bill No. 13-49]
The following fees shall be charged for electrical inspections:
A. 
Flat rates.
(1) 
One- and two-family dwellings, townhomes, condominium units, condominium shell building, apartment units and apartment shell building (includes all wiring, equipment, and appliances within the structure):
(a) 
100 amp and under: $60
(b) 
Over 100 amp up to 200 amp: $75
(c) 
Over 200 amp up to 400 amp: $85
(d) 
Over 400 amp up to 600 amp: $90
(e) 
Over 600 amp up to 800 amp: $110
(f) 
Over 800 amp up to 1000 amp: $125
(2) 
Retrofit: same as addition.
B. 
Manufactured housing.
(1) 
Mobile homes not over 200 amp service:
(a) 
Service only: $50
(b) 
Feeder or power cord (if home has basement, residential flat rate applies): $30
(2) 
Manufactured module not over 200 amp service: $50
C. 
Service entrance and feeders only:
(1) 
200 amp and under: $40
(2) 
Over 200 amp and up to 400 amp: $55
(3) 
Over 400 amp and up to 600 amp: $65
(4) 
Over 600 amp and up to 800 amp: $75
(5) 
Over 800 amp and up to 1,000 amp: $80
(6) 
Over 1,000 amp and up to 1,200 amp: $100
(7) 
Over 1,200 amp and up to 2,000 amp: $175
(8) 
Over 2,000 amp and up to 3,000 amp: $300
D. 
Service for temporary wiring (for not more than 90 calendar days).
(1) 
100 amp service with up to 30 outlets: $50, additional outlets charged as fixture outlets
(2) 
100 amp up to 200 amp service with up to 50 outlets: $60, additional outlets charged as fixture outlets
(3) 
Over 200 amp service or over 50 outlets: service plus outlet fees for new installations apply.
E. 
Rough wiring or fixture outlets.
(1) 
First 20 outlets: $25
(2) 
Next 40 outlets: $15
(3) 
Each additional 50 outlets: $10
F. 
Swimming pool, spa, hot tub.
(1) 
Circulating pump, fixtures, and receptacles: $50
(2) 
Bonding only: $30 per trip
(3) 
Wiring only: $30 per trip
G. 
Area lighting, isolated pole.
(1) 
First unit: $15
(2) 
Each additional pole: $5
H. 
Electric signs.
(1) 
Branch circuit, maximum 2,000 VA: $20
(2) 
Branch circuit, maximum 7,000 VA: $25
I. 
Transformers and generators: $30
J. 
Motors and heaters: $20
K. 
Transformers, vaults or substations: $70
L. 
Air conditioners and heat pumps: $40
M. 
Fire or security signaling systems.
(1) 
Control panel, each: $25
(2) 
First 20 devices: $10
(3) 
Each additional forty 40 devices: $10
N. 
Plan review – to be added to permit fee (except for 1- and 2-family dwellings): $60 per hour
O. 
Assumption agreement: original fee.
P. 
Hourly rate: $60
Q. 
Minimum fee, wiring systems over 60 volts: $25
R. 
Reinspection, each: $50
S. 
Investigation fee (in addition to regular permit and license fees): $100
T. 
Written notice of violation, working without a valid license or permit, issuance of a stop work order, in addition to regular fee:
(1) 
First occurrence: $250
(2) 
Second occurrence: $300
(3) 
Subsequent occurrence (with administrative hearing): $350
U. 
Ditches, each inspection: $20
A. 
Except as provided for in Subsection C herein a per-hour charge shall be applied for the Department of Public Works staff time spent on the technical and engineering review of plats, concept plans, preliminary plans, site plans and sediment control plans, for review for extensions of erosion and sediment permits, for inspections of sediment and control practices, and the time spent for the enforcement of rules and regulations. The rate shall be $35.00 per hour for inspections and enforcement and $35.00 per hour for all hours beyond 40 hours per week. The rate shall be $38.00 per hour for engineering and technical review and an additional $8.00 per hour charge will be charged for all hours beyond forty 40 hours per week for the engineering and technical review. Charges shall be made at no less than 15 minute intervals. Grading and erosion control permits shall be issued, as long as accounts are not in arrears for more than 45 calendar days. The owner/applicant shall be billed monthly with the invoice reflecting a break-down between engineering and inspection hours charged.
B. 
Forest harvest permit.
Acres of Harvest Area
Fees for Permit
0 to 5
$25
6 and above
$50
C. 
Exemption of grading permits and standard plan permits. A flat fee of $100 shall be charged for plan review and for all necessary inspections related to the exemption of grading permit and standard plan permit as provided in Chapter 214 of the Harford County Code, as amended. The fee shall accompany the application and request. If the proposed construction activity does not qualify for the exemption of grading permit and standard plan permit, the $100.00 fee provided for herein shall be applied to the fee charged in Subsection A. In the event that no disturbance occurs pursuant to the permit, upon the written request of the applicant a refund of 50% shall be provided.
A per-hour charge shall be applied for the Department of Public Works staff time spent on the technical and engineering review of plats, concept plans, preliminary plans, site plans and stormwater management plans, for review of stormwater management computations associated with application for a waiver of stormwater management requirements, for inspection of stormwater management facilities, and the time spent for the enforcement of rules and regulations. The rate shall be $35.00 per hour for inspections and enforcement and $35.00 per hour for all hours beyond 40 hours per week. The rate shall be $38.00 per hour for engineering and technical review and an additional $8.00 per hour charge will be charged for all hours beyond 40 hours per week for the engineering and technical review. Charges shall be made at no less than 15 minute intervals. Stormwater management permits shall be issued, as long as accounts are not in arrears for more than 45 calendar days. The owner/applicant shall be billed monthly with the invoice reflecting a break-down between engineering and inspection hours charged.
[Amended by Bill No. 12-12[1]]
As authorized by Chapter 256, Article VIII, of this Code, the following charges and fees are charged by the county for the purposes delineated:
A. 
Annual industrial waste discharge permit fee:
(1) 
Category A: $250
(2) 
Category B: $500
(3) 
C categories.
(a) 
Category C: $1,000
(b) 
Category C-C: $1,500
(4) 
Category D: $100
B. 
Annual septage hauler fee: $325
C. 
Industrial user/commercial user fee for treatment of BOD (TA): $73.00 per 1,000 pounds.
D. 
Industrial user/commercial user fee for treatment of suspended solids (TB): $86.00 per 1,000 pounds.
E. 
Industrial user/commercial user fee for treatment of phosphorus (TC): $810.00 per 1,000 pounds.
F. 
Industrial user/commercial user fee for treatment of nitrogen (TE): $427.00 per 1,000 pounds.
G. 
Septage and commercial waste user charge:
(1) 
Thirty dollar per 1,000 gallons for septage and commercial waste discharged during fiscal year 2013; and
(2) 
Thirty five dollar per 1,000 gallons for septage and commercial waste discharged during fiscal year 2014; and
(3) 
Forty dollar per 1,000 gallons for septage and commercial waste discharged during fiscal year 2015; and
(4) 
$45.00 per 1,000 gallons for septage and commercial waste discharged on and after July 1, 2015.
[1]
Editor's Note: This bill provided that "the rates enacted under Harford County Bill No. 95-41 shall remain in effect until July 1, 2012, and the special sewer use fees set by this Act shall be applied to sewer and septage usage during and after the first full billing period after July 1, 2012, unless otherwise changed by law."
[Amended by Bill Nos. 09-41; 13-49]
The following annual fees shall be charged for the specified licenses and certificates of registration:
A. 
Electrician.
(1) 
Apprentice registration: $5
(2) 
License fees and renewals:
(a) 
Master electrician: $45
(b) 
Journeyman electrician: $15
(c) 
Limited electrician: $35
(d) 
Restricted electrician: $35
(e) 
Examination for any license: $30
(f) 
Special examination (conducted at other than regularly specified times), in addition to regular fee: $50
(g) 
Restoration fee: $20
(h) 
Inactive master or limited: $30
(i) 
Change of license information: $20
B. 
Plumbing certificate of registration.
(1) 
Master plumber: $45
(2) 
Journeyman plumber: $15
(3) 
Master gas fitter: $45
(4) 
Journeyman gas fitter: $15
(5) 
LP gas fitter: $35
(6) 
Fee for testing exams: $25
C. 
Mechanical certificate of registration (fees are per year, issued for a 2-year period).
(1) 
Master: $45
(2) 
Master restricted: $20 for each category, maximum $45
(a) 
Master restricted heating
(b) 
Master restricted forced air
(c) 
Master restricted heating-hydronic
(d) 
Master restricted ventilation
(e) 
Master restricted air-conditioning
(f) 
Master restricted refrigeration
(3) 
Limited mechanical: $45
(4) 
Journeyman: $15
(5) 
Apprentice: $5
D. 
Licenses.
(1) 
Licenses of operators.
(a) 
Refuse and septic truck, each: $50
(b) 
Solicitor: $15
(c) 
Auctioneer.
[1] 
County resident: $50
[2] 
Non-county resident: $100
(d) 
Itinerant dealer: $40
(e) 
Pawnbroker: $100
(f) 
[1] 
Taxicab driver's permit: $25
[2] 
Taxicab owner's license: $50
[3] 
Owner-operator permit: $35
[4] 
Replacement for lost or destroyed permit: $5
[5] 
Medallion: $5
(g) 
Mobile home park licenses.
[1] 
For each 10 units or fraction thereof: $60
[2] 
Excise tax, each unit, per month: $10
(h) 
Pet shop: $100
(i) 
Pet shop and grooming: $150
(j) 
Grooming business: $100
(k) 
Kennel.
[1] 
6 through 9 dogs: $100
[2] 
10 through 25 dogs: $150
[3] 
Over 25 dogs: $200
(2) 
Dog licenses.
(a) 
Annual fees.
[1] 
Sterilized dogs: $8
[2] 
Unsterilized dogs: $15
[3] 
Senior citizens over 60 years of age, on the tag fees only, shall pay:
[a] 
For sterilized dogs: $5
[b] 
For unsterilized dogs: $8
(b) 
Replacement of lost tags: $2
(c) 
Dog licenses purchased after 45 calendar days from due date will be charged a late fee: $3
(Note: Fees for Subsections A, B and C below shall not exceed $5,000 in combination, if applied as 1 case, or in any 1 category, if applied separately. For a multiple request, the publication and posting fee shall be paid, plus the filing fee for each individual request.)
A. 
Appeal cases:
(1) 
Publication and posting fee (all applications, including amended applications, except minor area variance): $200
(2) 
Filing fee:
(a) 
Variance from design requirements $250
(b) 
Minor variances from design requirements (less than 20% of area affected): $50
(c) 
Interpretation or appeal of a decision of the Zoning Administrator: $200
(d) 
Expansion of nonconforming use and variance: $250
(e) 
Variances from other requirements of the Zoning Code and modification of previous approvals by the Board of Appeals: $250
B. 
Special review cases (developments or projects requiring Board approval, i.e., special exception or special development):
(1) 
Publication and posting fee: $200
(2) 
Filing fee, residential projects: per application $550 plus $5 per dwelling unit
(3) 
Integrated community shopping center: $600 plus $50 per acre
(4) 
Miscellaneous special exceptions or special developments (not otherwise defined): $200
(5) 
Cottage housing and day care centers: $100
C. 
Zoning certificates:
(1) 
Untagged vehicle: $35
(2) 
Temporary use: $50
(3) 
All others: $50
D. 
Zoning reclassification cases:
(1) 
Publication and posting fee (all applications): $200
(2) 
Filing fee: $600 plus $10 per acre for each acre over 20 acres.
E. 
Forest stand delineation review: $100 plus $10 per acre.
F. 
Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Program amendments to management area boundaries: $500 plus $15 per acre.
G. 
Concept plan review (under special development regulation) $1,000 plus $20 per gross acre.
H. 
Forest Conservation Plan review $200 for all plans plus $20 per gross acre for plans greater than 5 lots.
I. 
Comprehensive rezoning review fee: $700 per application. This is in addition to the posting fee of $100 set forth in Harford County Code § 267-13D(2).
[Added by Bill No. 08-17]
Type of Subdivision
Subdivision Fee
Revision Fee
Residential lots (in- cluding mobile homes)
$100.00 filing fee, plus $50.00 per lot
$30.00 filing fee, plus $10.00 per lot
Multifamily and mobile home park
$100.00 filing fee, plus $30.00 per unit
$30.00 filing fee, plus $10.00 per unit
Commercial (subdivision or individual site plan)
$200.00 filing fee, plus $50.00 per acre
$75.00 filing fee, plus $10.00 per acre
Industrial (subdivision or individual site plan)
$200.00 filing fee, plus $50.00 per acre
$75.00 filing fee, plus $10.00 per acre
Extensions of prelimi- nary plans for develop- ments of:
More than 5 lots
$100.00
1 to 5 lots
$25.00
Final plats
$150.00 per plat, plus $10.00 per lot
A. 
The following food service facility categories are established for the purpose of annual license fees. Facilities which meet the criteria for more than one group designation will be assessed the higher of the fees.
(1) 
Group I:
(a) 
Facilities which seat 60 or more individuals;
(b) 
Retail markets with 2 or more of the following:
[1] 
A delicatessen;
[2] 
A bakery;
[3] 
A meat section; and
[4] 
A fresh seafood section; and
(c) 
Other facilities which serve 2 or more meals a day.
(2) 
Group II:
(a) 
Facilities which seat less than 60 individuals;
(b) 
Facilities which serve carry-out food only;
(c) 
Grocery and convenience stores not in group I;
(d) 
Other facilities which serve less than 2 meals per day;
(e) 
Mobile facilities that operate more than 180 calendar days in a calendar year; and
(f) 
Facilities which maintain vending machines that vend open or hazardous foods/beverages at more than one site within the facility.
(3) 
Group III:
(a) 
Mobile facilities that operate 180 calendar days or less in a calendar year; and
(b) 
Seasonal facilities; and
(c) 
Facilities which maintain vending machines that vend open or hazardous foods/beverages at a single site within the facility.
(4) 
Group IV:
(a) 
Facilities which serve only beverages and prepackaged snacks and/or manufacture ice;
(b) 
Temporary facilities operating for 1 day or 1 event.
(5) 
Group V:
(a) 
Churches;
(b) 
Volunteer organizations; and
(c) 
Non-profit organizations.
(6) 
Group VI: facilities which seat 60 or more individuals and engage in off-premise catering.
(7) 
Group VII: facilities which seat less than 60 individuals and engage in off-premise catering.
B. 
The annual license fees for food service facilities are as follows:
(1) 
Group I - $150;
(2) 
Group II - $100;
(3) 
Group III - $50;
(4) 
Group IV - $25;
(5) 
Group V - exempt from license fee;
(6) 
Group VI - $220; and
(7) 
Group VII - $170.
C. 
The Health Department may charge the following fees for services related to food service facilities:
(1) 
Plan review for a new food service facility:
(a) 
Group I - $200;
(b) 
Group II - $150;
(c) 
Group III - $100;
(d) 
Group IV - not applicable;
(e) 
Group V - exempt;
(f) 
Group VI - $200; and
(g) 
Group VII - $150.
(2) 
Plan review for renovation of or addition to an existing food service facility:
(a) 
Group I - $100;
(b) 
Group II - $75;
(c) 
Group III - $50;
(d) 
Group IV - not applicable;
(e) 
Group V - exempt;
(f) 
Group VI - $100; and
(g) 
Group VII - $75.
(3) 
Change of ownership inspection:
(a) 
Group I - $100;
(b) 
Group II - $75;
(c) 
Group III - $50;
(d) 
Group IV - not applicable;
(e) 
Group V - exempt;
(f) 
Group VI - $100; and
(g) 
Group VII - $75.
[Amended by Bill Nos. 04-13; 10-38; 12-09; 13-41]
A. 
Definitions.
CARGO VAN
Any van normally intended to haul cargo, materials, supplies and equipment with no side windows behind the driver and front passenger area.
COUNTY DISPOSAL FACILITY
Any disposal facility, as that term is defined in § 109-1 of the Harford County Code, operated by or under contract for or on behalf of the County, including any facility constructed at the cost of the County by another governmental entity.
OUT-OF-COUNTY WASTE
Solid waste generated outside of the County to be disposed of at a County disposal facility when authorized by the Director of Public Works.
PASSENGER VAN
Any van normally intended for passenger use, containing side windows behind the driver and front passenger area, with an overall chassis length not exceeding 20 feet.
SOLID WASTE
Solid waste shall be defined as that term is defined in § 109-1 of the Harford County Code.
B. 
Solid waste disposal fee. The following vehicles shall be charged the specified solid waste disposal fee and shall not be required to be weighed in at the weigh scales:
(1) 
Automobiles and sports utility vehicles - $5.
(2) 
Pickup truck with a bed up to 8 feet in length and a bed height no greater than 3 feet or passenger van - $7.
(3) 
Single or double axle trailers with a bed up to 8 feet in length and a bed height no greater than 3 feet pulled behind private vehicles - $7. All other types of trailers and commercial trailers will be weighed on the scales.
C. 
Fees for all other vehicles. All vehicles which cross the weigh scales shall pay the following per ton tipping fee for all solid waste deposited at the County disposal facility, including out-of-County waste authorized pursuant to § 109-7.1.I, with a minimum tipping fee of $7: $67 per ton for FY2012; $68 per ton for FY2013; $70 per ton for FY2014; and $72 per ton commencing in FY2015. Additionally, vehicles hauling contaminated materials or rejected recycled materials will be charged the tipping fee in effect at the time of delivery plus an additional unauthorized load fee equivalent to the tipping fee times the amount of contaminated materials or rejected recycled materials. In the event that the weigh scales at a County disposal facility are inoperable or because of a power loss cannot be utilized, vehicles shall pay the following fees:
(1) 
Cargo van - $50.
(2) 
Two-axle dump truck - $150.
(3) 
Three-axle dump truck - $300.
(4) 
Two-axle stake/open body/trailer dump - $150.
(5) 
Three-axle stake/open body/trailer dump - $402.
(6) 
Under 16 cubic yard front/rear/side compactor - $383.
(7) 
Sixteen to 24 cubic yard front/rear/side compactor - $478
(8) 
Over 24 cubic yard front/rear/side compactor - $559.
(9) 
Semi-trailer - $1,273.
(10) 
Roll-off bed under 25 cubic yards - $335.
(11) 
Roll-off bed 25 to 35 cubic yards - $383.
(12) 
Roll-off bed 35 cubic yards or larger - $430.
(13) 
Reloading rejected waste - $159.
D. 
Fees for compost and mulch.
(1) 
The following fees will be charged for the sale of:
(a) 
Mulch (per each cubic yard) - $10.
(b) 
Compost (per each cubic yard) - $10.
(2) 
Harford County citizens will be allowed three 30-gallon containers or bags of compost or mulch free of charge.
E. 
Fees for tire disposal. The following fees will be charged for the disposal of tires (private vehicles):
(1) 
Five tires or less per year - no charge.
(2) 
Scrap tires up to 17 inch size (over 5 tires) - $0.50 each.
(3) 
Scrap tires over 17 inch size (over 5 tires) - $2 each.
(4) 
Equipment tires (must be cut into quarters) - $10 each.
(5) 
Scrap tires on rims up to 17 inch size - $2 each.
(6) 
Scrap tires on rims over 17 inch size - $4 each.
F. 
Interest fees. Delinquent invoices shall bear interest at the same rate as established by the County Council and maintained at a rate consistent with § 123-27 of the Harford County Code. The rate of interest shall be assessed on bills that are past due by 30 days.
The Health Department may charge an annual fee of $200 for the inspection and permit of a public swimming pool or spa.
[Added by Bill No. 09-41]
The following fees shall be charged for mechanical permits:
A. 
Application fee: $25 non-refundable
B. 
Residential uses to include one- and two-family dwelling units, multi-family dwelling units and apartments. Fees are to be charged per system installed per dwelling unit:
(1) 
Heating and air-conditioning: $70
(2) 
Heating system: $55
(3) 
Air-conditioning: $55
(4) 
Ductwork only: $55
(5) 
Replacement system: $30
C. 
Nonresidential installations. The permit fee shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work which shall include the cost of the equipment, labor and materials. (Equipment cost shall also include the cost of any owner or third party mechanical equipment that will not be supplied by the mechanical contractor.)
(1) 
$0 – 2,000: $30
(2) 
$2,001 – 5,000: $40
(3) 
$5,001 – 7,000: $50
(4) 
$7,001 – 9,000: $65
(5) 
$9,001 – 11,000: $75
(6) 
Over $11,001, the fee shall be $75 plus $0.0055 times the amount in excess of $11,000.
D. 
Reinspection or unnecessary trips: $50
E. 
Investigation fee (in addition to regular permit and license fees): $100
F. 
Written notice of violation, working without a valid license or permit, issuance of a stop work order, in addition to regular fee:
(1) 
First occurrence: $250
(2) 
Second occurrence: $300
(3) 
Subsequent occurrence (with administrative hearing): $350
G. 
Plan review – to be added to permit fee: $60 per hour, charged in 1/2-hour increments
H. 
Hourly rate: $60 per hour, charged in 1/2-hour increments
I. 
Fee for amendment of permit: $25