City Announces Improvements to Permitting Process

Frederick, MD – On Tuesday the City of Frederick announced an improvement to the building permit process that will positively impact new businesses opening in the City. Beginning September 18th, zoning certificates will be accepted at the City’s One-Stop-Shop It is anticipated that this change will significantly improve the review time on these important permits for new commercial uses.

Zoning certificates are most commonly needed when a new business moves into an existing building and no construction or tenant fit-out is required. By adding this permit to the list of permits processed through the One-Stop-Shop, the City can reduce the turnaround time from as much as 2 weeks to same-day service.

The City’s One-Stop-Shop is held every Tuesday morning from 8:00am-11:00am at the Municipal Annex office – 140 W Patrick Street in downtown Frederick. In addition to zoning certificates, other commercial permits accepted at One-Stop include tenant fit-out (<5,000 square feet , no change in use), sign, and demolition permits. Several residential permits are accepted as well. For a full list of accepted permits and additional details about the One-Stop-Shop process, visit and select “Building/Permits” under the Departments listing.

DED is a full-service economic development department of the City of Frederick with the mission to create economic opportunity in the City through job creation, revitalization and reinvestment. To learn more visit or call at 301-600-6360.