The Building Plan Review Section reviews all building plans (residential and commercial) to ensure compliance with all applicable Building Codes. These plans include structural, architectural, mechanical, energy, electrical, fire protection systems, fire alarms, sprinkler drawings/calculations, and handicapped disciplines.
Non-Enforcement of Article 705.31/National Electrical Code (NEC) Photovoltaic Supply Side Disconnects Located Remotely from the Service Disconnect(s)
Effective Monday, May 9, 2016, Prince George’s County’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) will not enforce Article 705.31 of the NEC regarding installation of photovoltaic supply side disconnects located remotely from the service disconnect(s). This action is the result of safety concerns within Prince George’s County, which also have been expressed by the electrical industry throughout the nation on behalf of homeowners in whose dwellings non-fused wiring has been installed in lengths up to 10 feet.
It is anticipated that this issue, as well as the definition of Electrical Power Production Systems and Article 705, may be resolved in the 2017 National Electrical Code. As such, the provisions set forth in Article 230.72 of the NEC will be enforced until further notice.
Third Party Review Program
The Third Party Review Program (TPRP) provides a quality assurance plan that reviews the process for ensuring the agency will perform contracted plan review, report non-conforming items to the attention of the owner/designer, and provide timely reports for each review or re-review, and submit a final signed report to DPIE.
Fire & Life Safety Section
The Fire & Life Safety Section conducts all reviews of projects that require a fire review within DPIE’s Building Plan Review Division. These include commercial building plans, suppression systems and fire alarm systems. We maintain a strong commitment to life safety, and sound code enforcement remains the paramount objective while delivering high quality services to the public. This function receives overall management and administration from the Fire Code Official. Click here for more information on the Fire & Life Safety Section.
The Health Section conducts the majority of health plan reviews submitted to DPIE’s Building Plan Review Division. The projects this section reviews include plans for new and remodeled facilities including food service facilities, on-site sewage disposal systems, wells for potable water supplies, and public swimming pools and spas. The Section also conducts plan reviews for the upgrade/expansion of an existing sewage disposal system to serve proposed building additions. Additionally, this section conducts pre-opening inspections of food service facilities and public swimming pools and spas; also, this section makes installation inspections of on-site sewage disposal systems and wells that have plans approved within the Building Plan Review Division. This section’s functions are jointly coordinated between the Division of Environmental Health in the Health Department and the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement. Click here for more information on the Health Section.
The Mechanical Section is responsible for mechanical review within DPIE’s Building Plan Review Division to ensure the public safety through the effective enforcement of International Mechanical Code, International Energy Conservation and Prince George’s County Codes. These include commercial and industrial plans. This is accomplished through mechanical engineering plan review and inspection related to the administration and enforcement of building mechanical and energy conservation codes and standards. The purpose of enforcing these codes is to provide safe and comfortable environments in which occupants may live, work, or perform recreational activities. Click here for more information on the Mechanical Section.
The Building/Structural Section provides the structural plan review and accessibility (ADA) plan review within DPIE’s Building Plan Review Division. The section conducts structural plan review for all small and large commercial and residential projects. The structural plan reviews include review of the foundation and the superstructure. Particular attention is given to the review of the framing plans for gravity dead and live loads, and the review of lateral loads resisting system(s) due to wind and seismic loads. The reviews are performed for code compliance and to ensure conformity to the engineering principles and industry standards. Click here for more information on the Structural Section.
This Section is responsible for electrical review within DPIE’s Building Plan Review Division to ensure the public safety through the effective enforcement of National Electrical Code, International Energy Conservation and Prince George’s County Codes. These include commercial and industrial plans. This is accomplished through electrical engineering plan review and inspection related to the administration and enforcement of building electrical and energy conservation codes and standards. The purpose of enforcing these codes is to maintain a strong commitment for practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. Click here for more information on the Electrical Section.