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

Considering buying a house or other property?

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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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In an Effort to Reduce Paper and Increase Efficiencies, DPIE No Longer Requires Paper Copies Delivered with Wet Seals/Signatures to DPIE; All Approved Permit Plans Are Still Required at the Construction Site at All Times

  1. Final Permit Plan Submission Requirements:
    Effective May 1, 2022, DPIE will no longer require paper copies of final approved permit plans, calculations and design reports delivered to DPIE with wet seals/signatures. The applicant is still required to upload signed and sealed drawings, calculations and design reports at the time of plan submission for every drawing sheet and on the cover page for all calculations and design reports.
  2. Permit 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 permit plans, in color, must be at the construction site for inspection at all times and available upon request by the Building Code Official. The final approved set of permit plans on the construction site shall always display a red DPIE approval stamp and design professional signatures and seals. Copies of the final approved set of permit plans can be downloaded by the applicant of record from the approved permit set folder in ePlan. Failure to have the approved permit plans on site will result in the cancellation of an inspection and the re-inspection fee will be assessed. Applicants are still required to maintain copies of the approved plans. 
  3. Green Stamp Erosion/Sediment Control Plans Approved by the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District:
    Prior to issuance of site/road permits, the applicant shall deliver one set of green stamp final erosion/sediment control plans to DPIE. The permittee shall also keep a copy of the original green stamp final erosion/sediment control plan on the construction site at all times, along with all other site/road permit plans. If you have questions regarding green stamp erosion/sediment control plans, contact the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District at 301-574-5162 ext. 3 or visit www.pgscd.org.
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Change in Photovoltaic (Solar Panel) Fees

Effective May 1, 2022 — With constant innovation in Photovoltaic (PV) technology, solar products continue to be readily available to customers at competitive pricing. This has also impacted the cost of construction/installation. Currently, Prince George’s County permit fees for Photovoltaic (solar panel) are based on Cost of Construction, as calculated based on the formula indicated below:

  • Residential PV system:  $5.00 per watt
  • Commercial PV systems on roof (100 kW-2 MW):  $3.00 per watt
  • Commercial Utility-scaled PV systems on ground (5 MW-100 MW):  $2.00 per watt

Considering data from National Renewable Energy Laboratory of U.S. Department of Energy on Q1 2020, effective May 1, 2022, Prince Georges County Government, Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) will be using the following formula to calculate the cost of construction, based on which permit fees will be assessed.

  • Residential PV system: $3.00 per watt
  • Commercial PV systems (100 kW-2 MW):  $2.00 per watt
  • Utility-scaled PV systems (5 MW-100 MW):  $1.50 per watt

For questions, contact Nabeel Waseem, Building Plan Review Division Chief at NWWaseem@co.pg.md.us.

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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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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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