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.

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 Permits, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE). Those agencies include the Health Department, the 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, and M-NCPPC are now accessible in DPIE. 
DPIE Techno-gram (PDF) 

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.