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4510 Cumberland Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
If your home is in the Historic District, please refer to the Historic District instructions in Step 8 of this online form in addition to completing applicable permit below.
(For New Homes)
(Lot and Block)
If your property is in the Somerset Historic District, please visit the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission website and become familiar with the process. Town of Somerset strongly suggests that you set up a pre-permit meeting with the Town of Somerset before beginning the permit process with HPC and the County in order to avoid the possibility of having to return to them to apply for a revision. There may be a fee charged for this meeting. Contact the Town Manager to arrange such a meeting. Following your pre-permit meeting with Somerset, take your plans to the County Historic Preservation Office for further instructions. Once you are in their system, they will send your plans to the Local Advisory Panel (LAP). In Somerset, members of the town’s council are acting as the LAP. As such, council members will not be making a decision on the building permit. Once the Historic Commission approves the plans and issues the Historic Area Work Permit, they will forward the plans to the Montgomery County permitting office for their permit approval. Once you have both of the county permits, you apply for a Town of Somerset permit and put yourself on the schedule for a Town Council meeting where a decision will be made.
Please ensure that you submit a complete application; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Refer to the Permit Instruction Sheets for details on how to apply for your particular permit(s). In addition, it is strongly suggested that you consult with the Town Manager about the need for a pre-construction meeting.
When applying for a Dumpster or Portable Storage Device permit, please describe the location of the dumpster or storage device on your property using the space provided in the application.
The Town Council may grant a waiver of the permit requirements only after a duly noticed public hearing where good cause has been shown on the grounds as listed in the Town Code. The criteria for granting a waiver are listed in the Somerset Town Code section of the respective permit.
Applicants may appeal the Council’s decision by filing an appeal within 30 days to the Circuit Court of Maryland.
Please describe your waiver request in the description section of the application.
If required, please submit a completed Neighbor Signature Sheet.
Provide a description of the work to be done.
I certify that I am the owner(s) of the property for which I am applying for a permit, that the application is correct and that construction will comply with the plans submitted. I acknowledge this to be a condition of the issuance of this permit.
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