Building Plan Review Division

Building Plan Review employee reviewing plans
The Building Plan Review Division reviews all building plans (residential and commercial) to ensure compliance with all applicable Building Codes and standards.

These plans include:
  • Architectural
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards
  • Electrical
  • Energy
  • Fire & Life Safety
    • Fire Protection Systems
      • Fire Sprinkler
      • Fire Alarm
  • Mechanical
  • Structural

Other Agency Updates

Message from MDE

Please see the letter from the Maryland Department of the Environment regarding soil evaluation, perc tests and well inspections.

MDE suspension of services letter
Notice - Electrical Code Changes  June 2021
Building Code Changes 2-15-21

Third-Party Plan Review Program (TPPRP)

Prince George’s County mandates a Third-Party Plan Review Program for the review and approval of building plans and documents through the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE). This program allows owners and applicants to select a DPIE authorized Third-Party Plan Review Agency (TPPRA) at their own cost to review and approve drawings of building projects in lieu of County staff. TPPRAs may be used on multifamily residential and commercial buildings. TPPRAs must be retained for building plan review on:

  • All commercial buildings valued at over $50 million;
  • All design-build commercial buildings;
  • All government (e.g., school) buildings;
  • All fire protection systems (see "Third-Party Plan Review Manual for Fire Protection Systems"); and
  • All multi-family (Apartment/Condominium) residential buildings at over $50 million
  • Other Structures determined by the Building Code Official, or their representative, to be of unusual design or where code reference standards require special architectural or engineering inspections.
  • The Building Code Official, or their representative, may include or exclude a project from the TPPRP due to its simplicity or complexity upon request from the property owner and recommendation from the Deputy Building Code Official, Building Plan Review Division (BPRD).

All revisions to Third-Party Plan Review projects must also be reviewed and approved by Third-Party Plan Reviewers. All Third-Party Plan Review projects must go through DPIE’s Third-Party Inspections Program (TPIP).

For more information, please refer to the following resources:


Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria


Change to Building-Mounted Sign Applications Approval
All building-mounted "Sign Permit Application" forms must be reviewed by the Building Plan Review Division’s Structural Section, located in the Permit Center. Should you have any questions regarding this Notice, please call 301-636-2070.

Fire Protection Systems Change
Beginning January 2016, Fire Sprinklers and Fire Alarm Systems MUST go through the Third Party Plan Review Program Approval Process.

Fire Protection Designers, Consultants and Peer Reviewers
Effective Friday, July 1, 2016, all Fire Sprinkler Site releases for single family residences are required to go through the Third-Party Review and Approval process. This requirement, per Section 4-157 of the County Code, was postponed from the original implementation date of January 1, 2016 to allow for additional time to meet this mandate.

Should you have questions regarding this Notice, please call the Building Plan Review Division at 301.883.3228.

Electrical Permit Applications Now Completed ONLINE
Beginning March 2016, Electrical Permit applications must be completed online by a Master Electrician, who has permission to apply online using his/her license number.

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 per 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.

Non-Removal of Equipment Covers
Beginning January 1, 2017, when performing inspections which require you to view equipment where the removal of any covers are necessary, the master electrician and/or his designee shall be present at the time of inspection to perform such task and re-secure the equipment once completed.
Prince George's County Inspectors are no longer responsible for the disassembling of any equipment in the performance of their duty.

Mechanical Trade Permit Applications To Be Completed Online
Effective Monday, June 13, 2016, a new online application process was instituted for HVACR/Mechanical Trade permits. Payment of permit fees also is processed online.

To be able to apply and have permits processed online, all HVACR Masters must first provide proof of a valid and current Maryland State issued license in DPIE’s Licensing Center, which will be verified by staff. Masters will then complete the Electronic Signature Acknowledgement Form. Upon completion of these two steps, Masters will be given permission to use the online system.

Please contact the Licensing Center at 301-883-3840 for additional information.
Building and Electrical Code Changes to Plans on File
Effective July 1, 2016, all "Plans on File" shall be updated to include the 2015 editions of the "International Building Code," "International Mechanical Code," "International Energy Conservation Code," "International Existing Building Code," "International Residential Code" for one- and two-family dwellings and the "2014 National Electric Code" with local Code amendments. Local Code amendments are included in CB-90 and CB-91-2015 and are available on the County’s Website at Legislative/Zoning Information System.

Change to Building-Mounted Sign Applications Approval
Effective immediately, all building-mounted “Sign Permit Application” forms must be reviewed by the Building Plan Review Division’s Structural Section counter, located in the Permit Center.


  1. Within the county there are 27 municipalities, and permitting and inspection responsibilities within them are defined in the attached charts.

    To determine if your project is within one of these municipalities, please visit the Atlas website; click on "Map Layers" (the second icon on the right).

    View the list of choices, then click on the drop-down menu by "Administrative" Layer and click on the "Municipal Boundary" layer.

DPIE Structural Engineer Achieves Coveted "Fellow" Award

Congratulations to Mostafa Fahmy on the distinguished honor of becoming an American Society of Civil Engineers FELLOW.  Mostafa has served as a structural engineer for 50 years!

ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by 3% of ASCE members.

There is no direct admission to the grade of Fellow. Fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments.