HSIA Building Permits

Did you know that an HSIA Building Permit is required every time an Anne Arundel County Building Permit is issued for any work done at your property?  The responsibility of obtaining an HSIA Building Permit falls on the owner, not the contractor.

Why does HSIA require and issue building permits? Per HSIA Covenants & Deed Restrictions, HSIA’s sideline setbacks (15’) are different from the County (7’). We encourage anyone having work done at their property to reach out to the HSIA Building Permit Chair, Dave Miles, before designing your structure or applying to the County. Failure to obtain a HSIA Building Permit prior to the start of construction will result in a stop work order and, at a minimum, an increase in the cost of the permit. You can reach Dave via email, permits@hillsmereshores.net, or by calling 410-263-4456 (HSIA 24-hour voicemail), and leaving a message.

The fee for an HSIA Building Permit has increased to $25 and $50 if the work has already begun and you failed to apply for an HSIA Building Permit.  The following items are required to obtain a HSIA Building Permit:

  1. A copy of the Anne Arundel County Building Permit.*
  2. A TO SCALE copy of the site plan.*
  3. A TO SCALE copy of the plans and elevations of the structure(s).*
  4. Cash or check in the amount of $25., made payable to HSIA
  5. Mail payment and all required documents to HSIA, PO BOX 3485, Annapolis MD 21403

*PLEASE NOTE THAT AN EMAILED PDF OF THE COUNTY PERMIT, THE TO-SCALE SITE PLAN and/or TO-SCALE PLANS & ELEVATIONS OF THE STRUCTURE(S) IS PREFERRED AND MAY EXPEDITE THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING A HSIA BUILDING PERMIT.

HSIA Covenants & Deed Restrictions, recorded among the Land Record of Anne Arundel County, Maryland in Liber 900, Folio 334, are binding as a matter of law and are for the benefit of all other lot owners in Hillsmere.

Anne Arundel County Code, 2005, Article 18, Zoning, Title 2, General Provisions, Subtitle 3, Setbacks

A word about processing time – for permit approval, please allow 10 working days to receive your permit in order to allow time to make sure all of your documents are legible (do not take photos of documents and email them), review it, verify your request meets HSIA Covenants and setbacks, and contact you for any questions on the submission. Your permit will also be mailed, via USPS, which may take several days.

If you have any questions on the setbacks, please revisit the HSIA Covenants, or, feel free to ask before you go to the trouble of getting a County permit and find you cannot get an HSIA permit. When in doubt, or, if you have any questions, please contact Dave Miles, HSIA Building Permit Chairman via email, permits@hillsmereshores.net, or voice mail, 410-263-4456. For information on requesting a variance from the HSIA Board of Directors, please review the document below (link provided).

Click HERE to download information on Requesting a Variance.


Click HERE to view all current, approved and issued 2019 HSIA Building Permits.


Click HERE to view 2018 approved & issued HSIA Building Permits.


As of July 2018, all current year, approved and issued HSIA Building Permits are printed in our community newsletter, the Sea Breeze.