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 on our website at Verify Before You Buy or click the image.

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DPIE Connect — Mini Preliminary Design Review Meeting

Effective May 1, 2022, DPIE is encouraging small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in our new DPIE Connect program. DPIE Connect will bring agency experts together with entrepreneurs aspiring to open businesses in one-hour mini preliminary design review meetings (PDRM). Staff from DPIE’s Permitting and Licensing Division, Building Plan Review Division, Inspections Division, and Business Development Section (BDS) will participate. Topics of discussion include application requirements, permits, licenses, inspections, fees, and plan review code-related questions covering building/structural, electrical, mechanical, fire & life safety, health and ADA accessibility. The scope of projects applicable for DPIE connect include:

1. Projects requesting straight U&O — no construction;
2. Projects with change of occupancy —  no construction;
3. Projects with interior alterations not exceeding 2,000 sq. ft. in area; or
4. Projects not more than 1 story in height.

For more information, visit the DPIE Connect web page.

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Preliminary Design Review Meeting (PDRM) Overview

The purpose of the Preliminary Design Review Meeting (PDRM) is to have the requester, the applicant and/or architect/engineer meet with the County's Building Plan Review Division to discuss code-related design items in reference to building/structural, electrical, mechanical, fire & life safety, health and ADA accessibility.

Please be aware that the Site/Road Plan Review Division, Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) reviews are not part of the Building Plan Review Division, but they are required to obtain a permit. Contact these agencies separately as needed:

For more information, visit the Preliminary Design Review Meeting web page.

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DPIE No Longer Requires Paper Copies Delivered with Wet Seals/Signatures to DPIE; All Approved Plans Are Still Required at the Construction Site at All Times

  1. Final Construction Plan Submission requirements:
    Effective, May 1, 2022, DPIE will no longer require paper copies of final approved plans delivered to DPIE with wet seals/signatures. The applicant is still required to upload signed and sealed drawings at the time of plan submission for every page.
  2. Construction Plans at Project Site:
    Pursuant to the Prince George’s County Code adopting the International Building and Residential Code, a (24" x 36") full size copy of the final set of approved signed/sealed plans, in color, must be at the construction site for inspection, at all times and available upon request by the Building Official. The final approved set of drawings on the construction site shall always display a red DPIE approval stamp and design professional signature. Copies of the final approved set of plans can be downloaded by the applicant of record from the approved permit set folder in ePlan. Failure to have the affixed wet seal approved plans on site may result in the cancellation of an inspection and assessed a re-inspection fee. Applicants are still required to maintain copies of the approved plans.
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Building Permit Fee Multiplier Adjustment

Effective April 1, 2022, the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement will change the building permit fee multiplier used for new building construction and additions.

The new formula will be calculated by using the Building Valuation Data (BVD) issued by the International Code Council dated February 2022. The International Code Council updates the BVD table bi-annually; however, Prince George’s County will update the fee multiplier annually.

The BVD table provides the “average” construction costs per square foot, when calculating permit fees for new construction and additions within a jurisdiction. The 2018 International Building Code gives instructions concerning permit fee schedules in Section 109.2 and building permit valuations in Section 109.3.  Permit applications submitted prior to the effective date will be calculated by the appropriate BVD.

For additional information or questions regarding this Notice, please call 301-636-2070.

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DPIE Implements Fee Changes

Effective November 2, 2021, the Prince George’s County Council approved legislation permitting DPIE to implement fee changes. The legislation, CR-082-2021, increased DPIE fees by 10 percent. Under the new fee structure, a fee that was previously $50 increased to $55. Click here to access the updated DPIE Fee Schedule.

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New Site/Road Plan Review Fees

Effective January 18, 2022, DPIE will implement permit fee changes per CB-38-2021, which enacts two fees related to site/road plan approvals.

  1. A fee will be required on a plan application that cannot be approved within four review cycles.
  2. Another fee will be applied on deficient plans that omit road frontage improvements.

See the legislation at https://bit.ly/3HVwAfP. For more information, email mcgiles@co.pg.md.us.

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DPIE Modifies Inspection Procedures Due to COVID-19 Surge

The Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) has modified some of its inspection processes to enhance the safety of both residents and staff in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases across the region and State. The changes include the expanded utilization of virtual inspections for indoor inspections and limiting in-person meetings. Administrators are also closely monitoring staff affected by COVID-19 to ensure coverage of necessary inspections and other functions.

“We are making these changes in an effort to reduce the chance of infection for both the public and DPIE staff,” said DPIE Director Melinda Bolling. Read more here.

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Winter 2021/2022 Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal Inspection Program 

DPIE wants to remind residents and businesses that owners, tenants and managers of residential and commercial properties with paved sidewalks adjacent to their properties are responsible for ensuring that sidewalk areas are cleared of snow and ice. Failing to clear snow and ice may result in the levying of fines. Read more here.

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Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Open by Appointment

The M-NCPPC Planning Information Services Office is open to the public by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Read more here.


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