Public Information

PI Banner, Director Melinda Bolling, PIO Avis Thomas-Lester and Deputy Director Gary Cunningham

DPIE Public Information Office

The Public Information Office serves as the information connection for the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) to both the news media and to Prince George's County citizens and residents. We work to keep you informed about the services and programs available to you and maintain relationships with community associations, businesses and residents. We also provide departmental emergency communications, facilitate customer service complaint resolution and oversee Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) requests sent to DPIE.

In an effort to supply you with current information, we provide a monthly departmental newsletter, Under Construction. You will not want to miss a single issue!  You may sign-up for your eNews at Subscribe My PGC.

For information about MPIA requests, visit our MPIA Processing at DPIE web page.

For updates on COVID data, assistance, openings and closures, vaccinations, and other information, visit the County's Environmental Health's Disease Control page on Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Save the Date Fall 2022 Community Partners Meeting, bordered with leaves in fall colors

ICYMI:
Fall 2022 Virtual Community Partners' Meeting

DPIE, DoE and DPW&T held a virtual meeting to present information about programs, services and new initiatives. If you missed it, you may view the PowerPoint at Fall 2022 Virtual Community Partners' Meeting.

Permits, blueprint plans stamped Approved

Important Message

DPIE is experiencing lengthy delays in permit application and building plan reviews for several reasons: higher than normal application submittals, staff shortages due to retirement, staff resignations and other factors.  To address these delays, DPIE is utilizing overtime, employing contract plan reviewers and providing residential templates for deck design to reduce review times. DPIE is also providing outreach community information sessions to walk residents through processes.

School and Safety Surcharge Fees, image of document

School Facilities Surcharge and Public Safety Impact Fees Adjusted

Effective July 1, 2022, the School Facilities Surcharge and Public Safety Surcharge fees were adjusted for inflation for Fiscal Year 2023 by an increase of 8.3% on new residential construction for which a building permit is issued, as required by Maryland State Law and ordinances (CR-079-2022 and CR-080-2022) enacted by the Prince George’s County Council per the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the United States Department of Labor. Click to view the "Notice: School Facilities Surcharge and Public Safety Impact Fees Adjusted."

"How to Obtain a Business License" Webinar
with the Business Development Section

Register to Attend!
Join the BDS team for a virtual discussion about obtaining Business Licensing. To sign up for this free webinar, please register at https://event.webinarjam.com/register/105/2z3yru2g.

Thursday, October 27, 2022
12 Noon

For more information, email us at DPIEBizDev@co.pg.md.us or visit the Business Development Section web page at dpie.mypgc.us.

Third Thursday Community Information Session: Virtual Open Forum flyer, pic of chickens

Virtual Open Forum

DPIE took questions from the virtual floor that were answered by staff.

DPIE is holding virtual monthly seminars on a variety of topics in our Third-Thursday Community Information Sessions series. This month’s Zoom seminar, “Virtual Open Forum?,” included a short PowerPoint presentation, followed by a listening session where staff answered questions from the floor. If you missed it, you may view the presentation at Virtual Open Forum or click the image.

Third-Thursday Community Session August 2022 - Who Handles That with contact list to resolve issues

Who Handles That?

Learn how to connect with the appropriate agencies to respond to some of your most frequent complaints.

DPIE is holding virtual monthly seminars on a variety of topics in our Third-Thursday Community Information Sessions series. This month’s Zoom seminar, “Who Handles That?,” included a PowerPoint presentation, with information by staff from several agencies and a Q&A session. If you missed it, you may view the presentation at Who Handles That? or click the image.

Campaign Signs all over street corner

Campaign Sign Removal Alert

DPIE would like to remind candidates whose campaigns ended with the primary on July 19, 2022, that it is the responsibility of the candidates and campaigns to remove political signs placed in the public rights-of-way within 10 days after the primary. Those who fail to remove signs may be cited and/or fined. Email DPIEPIO@co.pg.md.us for more information.

Virtual Permit Center Cafe Homeowner Walk-Thru Permits, icon of cafe canopy, coffee cup, wifi symbol

Homeowners No Longer Need Appointments for Walk-through Permits

Beginning July 1, 2022, homeowners will no longer be required to make an appointment for Walk-through Permits. Customers will be assisted at the Virtual Permit Center Café (VPC) on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For additional information, view the NEW Virtual Permit Process for Homeowners page.

Third-Thursday Code Enforcement - What constitutes a violation flyer, drwg of unslightly house

Code Enforcement — What Constitutes a Violation?

Tired of looking at your neighbor’s rotted siding or their growing pile of old appliances? DPIE experts offer a presentation to help you learn how to be part of the solution.

DPIE is holding virtual monthly seminars on a variety of topics in our Third-Thursday Community Information Sessions series. This month’s Zoom seminar, “Code Enforcement — What Constitutes a Violation?,” included a PowerPoint presentation, with information by enforcement staff and a Q&A session. If you missed it, you may view the presentation at Code Enforcement — What Constitutes a Violation? or click the image.

Third-Thursday Mastering the DPIE Permit Application Process - June 2022

Considering a home improvement or residential building project?

DPIE experts help you navigate the permit application process!

DPIE is holding virtual monthly seminars on a variety of topics in our Third-Thursday Community Information Sessions series. This month’s Zoom seminar, “Mastering the DPIE Permit Application Process,” included a PowerPoint presentation, with directions by permitting staff and a Q&A session. If you missed it, you may view the presentation at Mastering the DPIE Permit Application Process or click the image.

Third-Thursday Community Information Session May 2022 - Verify Before You Buy FLYER

Considering buying a house or other property? 

Let DPIE help you avoid problems!

Before you buy a property, there are certain things you should know. Is there unpermitted construction there? Is it located in a flood-prone area? What commercial projects are set for construction nearby? The Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) recently held its first Third-Thursday Community Information Session on “Verify Before You Buy.” If you missed it, you may view the presentation at Verify Before You Buy or click the image.