Starting June 30, 2015 any new house constructed in Garrett County, Maryland will be required to have a full fire suppression system. Estimates of adding a sprinkler system on a property with public water will add approximately $10,000 to the total construction costs. New construction homes on a property with a well may end up costing several times that amount. If you've purchased a building lot in the Deep Creek area and are considering building a new house in 2015 or 2016 you can avoid this new requirement by obtaining an approved building permit before the June 30th deadline. It is anticipated that the local permit office will be busy during that time so if all possible it would be a good idea to start your permitting process at least two months before the deadline. Building permits are good for 1 year from issuance and are non-transferrable. Please contact us for more information and a list of recommended builders in the Deep Creek resort market.