What if I am in the Historic District of Somerset?
If your property is in the Somerset Historic District, please visit the website for Montgomery County’s Historic Preservation Commission at the link below 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.Historic Website Link

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1. Which permits require Montgomery County Maryland approval as well as Town approval?
2. When is a tree removal permit required for trees on my property?
3. What if I am in the Historic District of Somerset?
4. What is meant by the Town’s Right-of-Way?
5. What criteria are used in passing judgment on my application?
6. May I present my application in person?
7. What are the costs associated with a permit application?
8. When will I be notified of the decision on my permit application?
9. When are building permits due in order to be considered at a regularly scheduled Town Council meeting on the first Monday of every month?
10. Can I pay a late fee and still have my building application approved at the regularly scheduled Council meeting?
11. May I apply for a waiver for certain permit requirements?
12. May I appeal the Council or Mayor’s Decision?
13. What are the days and hours that construction work can start and end?