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 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."
Business Development Section Event
"How to Obtain a Business License" Webinar
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 3,000 sq. ft. in area; or
4. Projects not more than 1 story in height.
For more information, visit the DPIE Connect web page.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.