Use and Occupancy


Every building and tenant in Prince George's County, with the exception of property within
the City of Laurel, is required to have a Use and Occupancy Certificate (U&O) issued by the County before the business operation may begin.  The U&O process verifies conformance
with the applicable County and State codes necessary to ensure public safety and welfare.   The Inspections Division performs inspections to assure the building meets zoning, property maintenance, and life safety requirements.  Upon verifying compliance, the Inspections Division will approve the inspection and Permits Administration will issue the U&O.

Once an inspection request is made via phone utilizing the Automated Inspection Request/
Information System (AIRIS) or online (by clicking one of the links below), an inspector will contact you between 7–9 a.m. to schedule an appointment within the next 5 working days. 

Please have your complete U&O Permit Site Plans W.jpgpackage on site and ensure the following:

  • Site is in compliance with site plan
  • All equipment is operational and functions properly
  • All doors, lights, life safety items, fire extinguishers, etc., are in good working condition
  • Debris/trash is removed

Note:  In cases where a County Business License is required, businesses must obtain a U&O prior to issuance of the required license.  Additional inspections also may be required for daycare centers, places of assembly, and special types of events from the Fire/EMS Department's Fire Prevention Office (301.583.1830) or if food is going to be handled/served, from the County's Health Department (301.883.7630).


A Certificate of Occupancy or Use of Occupancy Permit is issued by the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement to officially state that the business identified meets local zoning and safety requirements and may legally operate.  A Use and Occupancy Permit is required when a change of tenant or use occurs at a business property and construction is not required.UnO

No Construction
The following plans are required for a Use and Occupancy Permit, with no construction:

  • Property Tax ID Number
  • Two (2) Site/Plot Plans Showing Lot, Building and Parking

Temporary (Events)
The following plans are required for a Temporary Use and Occupancy Permit:

  • Property Tax ID Number
  • Two (2) Site Plans
  • One (1) Letter From Owner