Information about the Process

Permitting Process

In addition to construction plans, other examples of projects requiring permits include installation or construction of chimneys, billboards, carports, chairlifts, escalators, swimming pools, wood burning stoves, certain fences, antennae, and installation or renovation of certain electrical devices and wiring. Applicants must submit structural and site plans with the application. Application fees are set in accordance with the County Code and the nature of the project.

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The permit application must be reviewed for approval by other County and State agencies. This occurs when part(s) of a particular construction plan include environmental, health and/or safety matters governed by agencies other than the Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE). Those agencies include the Health Department, Prince George's Soil Conservation District (SCD), the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). Representatives from the Health Department, PGSCD, and M-NCPPC are now accessible in DPIE. 
DPIE Techno-gram (PDF)

Permitting Required in Municipalities

If you live in a municipality, there may be additional requirements when getting a permit.  To find out if your property is in a municipality, check the PGATLAS. Once you are on the page, select "Map Layers" (the last icon on the right). View the list of choices, then click on the drop-down menu by "Administrative" layer; next, move the slider down on the right to view and click on the "Municipal Boundary" layer.

Some projects require permits from the County and other permits are required from a municipality. For projects located in municipalities, 
DPIE's matrix identifies the types of permits you need from Prince George’s County and various municipalities.

In addition, the requirements for inspections of projects are located in the Inspection Responsibilities in Municipalities chart.


Plans Screening Office

Plan screening is required on submittals for all new residential buildings, commercial buildings, commercial additions and townhouses prior to entering the building permit application process. Plans are screened to determine if sufficient information has been included in the package for an engineering plans review to be conducted. Submittal packages that achieve a positive screening will be approved to enter the building permit process. Packages that do not achieve a positive screening will be returned to the customer for correction.

Plans are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information for plans screening can be obtained by calling (301) 883-5880. 


Permit Renewals and Extensions

Once a permit application has been filed, a permit must be issued within two years of the application date or it becomes null and void. Once a permit has been issued, work must begin within six months from the date of issuance. After work has started, approved inspections are required at a minimum of every six months to keep the permit valid. The exception to this rule is grading permits. Grading permits are issued with an expiration date of up to five years from the date of issuance.

A request to extend a permit must be submitted within 30 days of the expiration date. Once granted, extensions renew the validity of an application or permit.