May I have a business in my home, and do I need a permit for it?

It depends on the type of business. Some home occupations require use and occupancy permits and some do not require them. 

For more information please contact the DPIE Permit Office at 301-883-5900

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1. I purchased my home years ago because the land behind me was wooded. Does anyone have the right to come in now and develop this property?
2. How long does it take to process my permit application?
3. What can I do to quicken the processing of my permit application?
4. What is a site plan, and why do I need to submit one with my permit application?
5. Does the Planning Department issue permits?
6. Why does the Planning Department need to see my permit application?
7. May I have a business in my home, and do I need a permit for it?
8. May I walk my permit application through the process?
9. Why can't I fast-track review of my permit application?
10. What happens to my non-walk-through permit application after you complete your review?