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You can obtain a pet license from:
-Prince George’s County Animal Management Division (3750 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro)
-College Park Animal Control Facility (4500 Knox Road, College Park)
-Bowie Animal Control Facility (15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie)
-Laurel City Hall (8103 Sandy Spring Road)
When submitting the application, a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate, a copy of the spay/neuter certificate (if applicable), and a check or money order payable to Prince George’s County in the amount of $10 for altered animals or $25 for unaltered animals must be included. For additional licensing information contact 301-780-7241, 301-780-7242 or 301-780-7243.
You must enroll in coverage during the first 30 calendar days of your employment. Coverage begins on the first day of month following a 30-day waiting period from your hire date. Coverage will terminate the last day of the month of your separation from the County Government. The Long-Term Disability plan and Flexible Spending Accounts terminate the date your employment ends.
Read about Dependent Eligibility on our
You may only change your health plan during the annual open enrollment period or if you experience a family status change (i.e., marriage, birth/adoption, divorce/legal separation, change in residence/work site). Please note that changes to your health benefit plans as a result of a family status change must occur within 30 days of the event and you must complete an Enrollment/Change form and provide supporting documentation within the 30-day time frame.
Once your plans have been screened and accepted, you will get an invitation to upload your documents. Your plans are then distributed for review to different disciplines depending on your case type. During the review period, the applicant may log into ePlan to review the status of the permit. This ePlan training video explains the most helpful tools in the ePlan application system.
Prince George’s County mandates a Third-Party Plan Review Program for the review and approval of building plans and documents through DPIE. The program requires owners and applicants to select a DPIE authorized Third-Party Plan Review Agency (TPPRA) at their own expense to review and approve drawings of building projects in lieu of County staff. Third-party inspection may expedite your plan review and approval by up to 75 percent.
DPIE’s Peer Review Program, a third-party plan review program, allows owners and applicants to select DPIE certified peer reviewers at their own cost to expedite the plan review process, instead of County staff. Using peer reviewers can reduce the plan review and approval time by up to 50 percent. Peer reviewers may be retained for various types of building and site development projects. See the Third-Party Plan Review Program Manual for Buildings for additional information.
The typical review time is 4-6 weeks. Any subsequent reviews will take 2-3 weeks.
A U&O indicates the business identified meets local zoning and safety requirements and may legally operate at that location. A building permit is the authorization that allows construction to occur.
You will need a permit if you plan to make any structural changes to the building or intend to change the use of the building. In order to occupy the business location, you will need to file for a U&O.
The permit fee schedule is listed on the DPIE website at the following link. It includes information regarding exempt fees and fees by building type, project and trade.
Zoning is the municipal/local laws or regulations that dictate how property can and cannot be used. Zoning is reviewed as part of the permitting process to ensure the applicant may use the property as intended.
There are two ways to schedule an inspection: online at the following link or by calling the Automated Inspection Request/Information System (AIRIS) at 301-883-5390.
A job card is a document that is a part of the U&O application process. It allows you to call for an inspection. A permit is the actual document that states the work you are performing is allowed per the regulatory requirements. You should not start work until an actual permit is issued.
You may contact the Resource Recovery Division, Recycling Section at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment to assist you in setting up your program if necessary.
Alternatively, you can click here to see “10 Tips to Setting up a Successful Recycling Program.”
No. If your business does not provide trash containers for customer use, you are not required to provide recycling containers.
Exterior Recycling Containers, for designated recyclable materials, are the responsibility of the Property Owner. Any enforcement issues concerning the exterior would be addressed to the Property Owner.
See Section 21-143.(a)(11) of the Municipal Code for Prince George’s County at https://library.municode.com/md/prince_george’s_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIITI17PULOLAPRGECOMA_SUBTITLE_21RE_DIV4SOWARE_SD1COPR_S21-143DE
The cost for recycling collection is contingent upon the volume of recycled materials, frequency of pickup, # of containers, location and other factors. Contact your current Trash Hauler to speak with them regarding establishing a recycling collection program at your location.
No. Containers and collection services are only provided to residents within the County’s Solid Waste Program.
No. The County offers a number of suggestions and models available electronically on our website. Visit our waste and recycling toolkit here.
Business entities dispose of the designated Recyclable Materials into the containers provided by the Property Owner. It would be duplicative to have them submit an Annual Report since the Property Owner provides that information.
You may contact the Resource Recovery Division, Recycling Section, email@example.com to request an appointment to assist you in setting up your program if necessary.
An Inspector from Prince George’s County Resource Recovery Division may visit your facility to conduct a compliance investigation. A lack of signage or lack of any required recycling containers, failure to submit the required recycling plan or annual report, or other violations may result in a non-compliance citation. Local municipal enforcement officials may also visit businesses or properties within their jurisdiction to ensure compliance.
Under Section 21-152 – Penalties: Any person or entity who violates Section 21-149 or Section 21-149.01 of this Code is deemed to have committed a civil violation and shall pay to the County a civil monetary fine… Each separate day of violation that remains uncorrected is a distinct civil violation subject to an additional citation and fine. Fines can range from $100.00 up to $1000.00 daily.
No. Commingled or Single Stream Recycling is allowed if it’s not contaminated with non-recyclable waste. You may want to designate a staff person as Recycling Coordinator for your office, business or complex, to monitor collection sites and ensure compliance.
If you need further assistance figuring out your requirements or setting up a recycling program, please Click Here firstname.lastname@example.org to send a request for assistance to our office.
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These changes must be submitted in writing; mail your changes to:
Housing Authority of Prince George's County9200 Basil CourtIntake UnitLargo MD, 20774
A new public service has a poor chance of being funded. Only 15% of the County's CDBG funds can go to public services. For a new project to be funded, an existing project has to give up funding. This is not likely to happen.
Yes. Please note the following changes below:
Any organization, institution or association that is incorporated as a private, non-profit organization designated under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and has been operating for at least 2 years as of the application deadline, that provides services or activities in Prince George’s County and that can supply sufficient documentation that their organization is currently in “good standing” from the State where the organization was incorporated (i.e., the State of Maryland, District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Virginia), is eligible to apply.
Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a Community Partnership Grant should review the program guidelines and must complete an application.
Completed applications and required documents must email a scanned PDF version of their application to PGCNonprofits@co.pg.md.us with the subject line: FY 2021 Community Partnership Grant Application – Name of your Organization by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020.
No. Changes have been made to the overall grant application from previous years. Additionally, incorrect applications are determined to be non-responsive and will not be reviewed. You can access this year application under the County Executive’s page by visiting Community Partnership Grants.
Yes. The deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2020. You must email your application to PGCNonprofits@co.pg.md.us. No applications or supporting documentation will be accepted after the deadline.
No, there is no limit. However, grant awards are for one-year only. An organization may reapply each year with the understanding that funding is not guaranteed.
Yes, there is a limit. We will accept one proposal per organization per fiscal year. An organization with multiple programs may only submit a grant application for one of their programs. In the event an organization submits more than one proposal, we reserve the right to select the application with the earliest date and time stamp.
No. Only one request per proposal and only one proposal per organization should be submitted.
General questions concerning the grant application and required submission documents should be sent in writing to PGCNonprofits@co.pg.md.us
NOTE: We are committed to maintaining the integrity of a fair, open and transparent process. Please do not contact any county employee to discuss (or influence) your application. All questions must be sent in writing to PGCNonprofits@co.pg.md.us and we will respond in writing as well as post the responses to our website.
No. Only completed applications will be accepted.
No. The Executive Branch’s discretionary grant process (CPG) differs from the Legislative Branch application process with each branch of government having its own application and documentation requirements. Applicants seeking funding from the County Council (Legislative Branch) in the form of a Special Appropriation Grant (SAG) or a Non-Departmental Designated grant, should refer to the Prince George’s County Council website https://pgccouncil.us/320/Grants or email the Prince George’s County Council Grant Team at PGCcouncilgrants@co.pg.md.us.
Yes. Organizations that have this arrangement will have to submit the following items at the time of application for full consideration:
Yes. The organizational budget should include all revenues and expenses for your organization. The program/project budget should include only the Expense side of the budget, to show how CPG funding will be used.
The Office of the County Executive has made approximately $1.6 million in funding available to eligible non-profits through the FY 2020 CPG Program. Maximum award amounts will not exceed $100,000.
No. Organizations that currently or seek to provide programming in or collaborate with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), must provide a copy of a currently executed Memorandum of Understanding at the time of application. This will serve as acceptable documentation that the program has been reviewed and approved by the Chief Executive Officer of PGCPS. For more information, please contact the PGCPS Office of Business and Community Partnerships, or you may call 301-952-6095 for more information.
The Community Partnership Grant (CPG) program is the main discretionary grant initiative offered by the Office of the County Executive. However, the Office of the County Executive may partner with the Greater Washington Community Foundation (formerly known as the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region) to provide additional grant funding opportunities. Additionally, County Health and Human Service agencies may offer limited grant opportunities from time to time.
No. The application release may vary each year, however, the application is generally released within the second quarter of the County’s fiscal year, which begins July 1st.
If your organization received a grant or contract from the County in the last four years, you should already have an SAP vendor number. It is a ten-digit number that begins with a “1xxxxxxxxx” or “3xxxxxxxxx”.
You must provide proof you have a SAP vendor number in the submitted application package. If you need to confirm your vendor number, send an email to PGCNonprofits@co.pg.md.us with the subject line: Verification of Vendor Number – Name of your Organization.
If you do not have a SAP vendor number, please complete and submit the Vendor Set-Up Request Form. This form is required for organizations who have never received a grant or contract from Prince George’s County.
Yes, please include an address even if your main offices are located outside of Prince George’s County. Please detail if your services are in several locations around Prince George’s County, if students come to you, if you travel, or if your services are virtual, etc.
All applicants selected to receive grant funding will be notified via email once we have received final award decisions from the Office of the County Executive. .
Previous CPG awards have ranged from $1,000 to $125,000, however, anticipated awards issued in this funding cycle will not exceed $100,000.
Funding will depend on several factors. Many aspects of your proposal are taken into consideration, including your organization's mission and goals, statement of need/problem, project description and sustainability relative to the amount requested, evidence of partnerships and collaboration and how your dollars are invested within the communities you serve.
The County strongly encourages the use of electronic deposits via the Automated Clearing House (ACH) system. Instructions and an authorization form for Electronic Funds Transfer are provided on the County’s website. Please allow at minimum, 30 days from the time of award notification.
The total amount of your award will be disbursed in one payment.
This is a decision your organization will have to make. We recognize that this poses a challenge for the impacted organization and will do our best to refrain from this practice, however, the decision to make full or partial awards is at the discretion of the Executive Review Panel.
Once the Office of Management and Budget receives your application and required supporting documentation, an eligibility verification review is completed. There are two statuses: complete or incomplete. Only “complete” proposals will be forwarded to the Executive Review Panel for review and funding consideration.
Yes. Only organizations determined to have provided appropriate and accurate proof of eligibility documentation receive this notification. Your proposal will be forwarded to the Office of the County Executive and the members of the Executive Review Panel for full consideration.
The Executive Review Panel will convene to review and evaluate proposal submissions. Consideration for award recommendations and final decisions may include, but are not limited to, support of underserved populations, geographic diversity, the Administration’s strategic priorities and past performance. Awards are subject to funding availability.
Due to the large volume of requests we receive and limited financial resources, we do not offer an appeal process. We encourage all applicants to thoroughly review our application, eligibility guidelines and related funding priorities.
Organizations that wish to receive feedback on their proposal may email the Grants Manager at PGNonprofits@co.pg.md.us
NOTE: We are committed to maintaining the integrity of a fair, open and transparent process. Please do not contact any county employee to discuss (or influence) your application. All questions must be sent in writing to PGNonprofits@co.pg.md.usand we will respond in writing as well as post the responses to our website.
No. Our application criteria indicate that you must provide a copy of your IRS Tax Determination Letter at the time of application. Please apply during next year’s application period.
To be in “Good Standing” with your State means that all documents and fees required by law to be submitted to the appropriate State department have been received, and that no other government agency has notified the department/office that your entity is delinquent in tax payments. Each state issues its own version of a “Certificate of Status” or “Good Standing”.
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation issues a certificate verifying that a business entity is in “good standing”. For more information, please see Certificate of Status on the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) website. Similarly, the District of Columbia, Office of Tax and Revenue also issues a Certificate of Clean Hands formerly known as a Certificate of Good Standing. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State Corporation Commission (SSC) Office of the Clerk issues a Certificate of Good Standing.
Your Certificate of Status, also known as your “Certificate of Good Standing”, should be obtained from the jurisdiction where your organization was incorporated. If your organization was formed in the District of Columbia, you should provide a “Certificate of Clean Hands” from the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue, not the State of Maryland.
No. We require current year documentation. The date on the certificate must be within six months of the application deadline and visible on the document
No, it is not. Under the Maryland Solicitations Act, a charitable organization soliciting in Maryland generally must file documents with the Office of the Secretary of State. Registration is required prior to the commencement of solicitations. The type of registration required depends upon the level of charitable contributions received by a charitable organization. For more information regarding “Registering a Charity”, please visit the website below.
Maryland Secretary of State Website.
Most of our non-profit applicants are based in Maryland. The Internet Certificate document looks like the image below and can be printed from your computer. This is acceptable proof of your organization’s “Good Standing” with the State of Maryland. For this application, please submit the document as illustrated below
Yes. All current and past grant recipients are required to submit a final financial expenditure report, as well as a final programmatic summary report detailing the outcomes achieved as a result of receiving grant funds. For more information regarding the County’s preferred report format and required attachments, please visit the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers website at:
www.washingtongrantmakers.com and visit the “Resources” webpage.
A link to the Common Grant Report is provided below:
This report is due 30 days after the end of your project. You must email a PDF copy to PGCNonprofits@co.pg.md.us.
Yes. As a condition of application and award, grant recipients may be required to submit to periodic site visits and audit reviews by County staff as requested. However, advance notice will be provided.
COVID-19 (coronavirus) is caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China. This is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. The first human case of the COVID-19 virus in the United States was identified on January 21st in a Washington state resident who had recently traveled to Wuhan. There is still much to learn about COVID-19.Currently, the reported symptoms of COVID-19 include:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill, which means that they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die. We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, we will continue to update and share information about the risk for severe illness.
People at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness: (visit CDC.gov for more details)
Please visit the Health Department’s dedicated coronavirus webpage (health.mypgc.us/coronavirus) for the latest case counts for Prince George’s County and Maryland.
The County is currently in Phase 2 of reopening, which means essential and non-essential businesses are allowed to open as long as they follow CDC safety guidelines by requiring customers to wear masks, physically distance and abide by in-store customer capacity limits. Some outdoor and indoor activities are also allowed to open as long as those same CDC safety guidelines are followed. Please visit our County Phased Reopening webpage for detailed information about the County’s current reopening phase.
The Prince George’s County Health Department is taking the appropriate steps to keep Prince Georgians safe and healthy from the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. They are receiving regular updates and guidance from the State of Maryland Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as other state and regional public health partners. The County activated the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center at an enhanced level for Prince George’s County on March 4, 2020. The level was raised from enhanced to a partial activation by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks on March 10, 2020. The County Executive declared a state of emergency on March 16, 2020. This allows us to more closely monitor the situation and quickly respond as this situation evolves, and also provides us greater access to resources to support our residents and small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
We encourage everybody to get tested. Residents should contact their primary care physicians and ask if they have tests to offer in a timely manner. Residents can receive COVID-19 tests at one of the Prince George’s County Health Department sites it operates or supplies.
Find a list of Health Department testing sites throughout the County, as well as sites run by the State and private groups across the region, at health.mypgc.us/COVIDtesting.
The County Health Department offers FREE COVID-19 tests for individuals with or without symptoms that have been exposed to or suspected to have been exposed to a COVID-19-positive person.Patients do not need an appointment, a doctor’s prescription, or insurance to get tested. All County-run testing sites accommodate testing for those in a vehicle or on foot.
Call the coronavirus hotline at 301-883-6627 and PRESS 2 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM if you have questions about the County’s testing program.
Please regularly check our testing webpage (health.mypgc.us/COVIDtesting) for updates about our testing sites and policies. Another good source for information and updates is the Health Department’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (all handles are @pgchealth).
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19.
We encourage every resident to stay informed. The Prince George’s County Health Department has a dedicated coronavirus webpage that updates regularly: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus. The State of Maryland website is also available: Health.maryland.gov/coronavirus. If you need further assistance or have additional questions, please contact the Health Department at 301-883-6627. You can also call Maryland 2-1-1, 24 hours a day.
All levels of government, have taken some action to prevent evictions/foreclosures during this time. In Prince George’s County, no evictions from residential or commercial properties are allowed during this time. The County launched the Emergency Rental Assistance program through the Dept. of Social Services. That program is currently closed after receiving thousands of applications from residents.We also seek to provide additional support to our non-profits that provide housing counseling for homeowners who are now unemployed. We will be providing more information about these resources as they become available. You may check our resources page for the latest information to assist tenants.
The CARES Act, signed into law Mar. 27, 2020, provides 120 days of eviction relief for tenants in federally-backed housing. Specifically, you may not be served with an eviction notice until July 25, 2020, and the notice must give you 30 days to leave the property (Aug. 24, 2020).During the 120-day eviction moratorium, your landlord may not charge you late fees, penalties, or other charges for paying your rent late. It’s important to note that the eviction moratorium does not relieve you of your obligation to pay your rent. It merely forbids your landlord from evicting you during that period for late payment.
If you are a homeowner, you most likely qualify for a forbearance as a result of the federal stimulus recently passed, which means you can delay your mortgage payment (for up to a year) if you’re having a financial hardship. The most important point is that you need to call your bank; you cannot simply stop paying your mortgage. If you have a federally-backed mortgage (like FHA), your bank is required to give you an option that does not raise your monthly payment once you resume payments. Many lenders are also offering similar types of assistance for auto loans and credit cards, but again, you must call your lender.
Through our Stand Up & Deliver Program, we are partnering with local non-profits, and our local restaurants to provide food and/or prepared meals weekly to our seniors, families, and individual residents. We also continue to work with the County Council and our Office of Community Relations to identify all sites in the County that are still open and providing services to residents. Continue to monitor our website for information on pop-up food events.
While you wait for results, stay at home and self-isolate. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wear a face covering when you are around others; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, please call your health care provider’s office. If you are having a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing, call 911. Tell the 911 operator that you were tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results.
The County launched the COVID-19 Business Recovery Initiative to assist local small businesses facing economic hardship by the spread of COVID-19. This initiative was a public-private partnership of County and private resources that provided loans and grant funding of up to $20 million for area businesses. The COVID-19 Business Recovery Initiative assisted small, local, and minority-owned enterprises, who faced closures and layoffs, with retaining their pre-pandemic workforce and sustaining operations during the global pandemic.
The Legacy Fund for small business development was established with a $1 million grant from the Greater Washington Community Foundation to provide critically needed access to capital for small businesses in Prince George’s County. The fund was part of The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County’s equity and economic mobility initiative. The overall goal of the initiative is to eliminate social and economic disparities and help individuals, families, and collective groups improve their social and economic status. Small businesses that fit the eligibility requirements received grants for up to $10,000 to support operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, and other business-critical costs.
Due to an appropriation of $2 million of CARES Act funding, child care providers in Prince George’s County may apply for grants to cover reopening expenses through the Child Care Provider Recovery Program. Eligible child care providers may receive a grant up to $20,000 for licensed child care centers and up to $3,000 for registered family child care homes to support reopening costs, including personal protective equipment (PPE), payroll, supplies, rent, fixed debt payments and other business operating costs. Applications will be accepted between September 9, 2020, and October 2, 2020.
For those who would like more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation at 301-583-4650 or visit their website at www.pgcedc.com.
In addition to the $15 million relief fund for small businesses, the Prince George’s County Strategic Partnership Office is coordinating efforts with philanthropy, nonprofits, government, and small business leaders to collect and organize resources and funds for those providing COVID-19 relief efforts for Prince George’s County. This innovative public-private partnership will provide an additional $900,000 in grants to support local nonprofits to help them deliver the resources and assistance needed by the community during these challenging times. Two of the organizations raising funds include the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the United Way of the National Capital Area.
The grants will be administered by The Greater Washington Community Foundation, as part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The fund was established to support emergency preparedness and response efforts to mitigate the impact on disadvantaged communities in the area. For more information on this fund and others, please visit The Greater Washington Community Foundation website at www.thecommunityfoundation.org.
The Division of Unemployment Insurance’s website and call centers are currently experiencing a high call volume due to COVID-19, result in longer than normal wait times.To file for unemployment insurance via phone, contact the Claim Center at 410-949-0022. The call center telephone hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.To file online, visit: https://secure-2.dllr.state.md.us/NetClaims/Welcome.aspxIf you are having difficulty placing a call or accessing the website, claimants can e-mail questions to email@example.com. Employers can e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 410-767-2412. You can also contact Employ Prince George’s at 301-618-8400 or visit their website at www.employpg.org.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, all evictions and foreclosures have been suspended until further notice. If you are facing an illegal eviction, you may seek free legal assistance from any the following:
Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc.email@example.com://www.clspgc.org/
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. of Prince George’s County301-429-8743
District Court Self-Help Resource Centers410-260-1392https://mdcourts.gov/selfhelp
Maryland Legal Aid866-635-2948https://www.mdlab.org/
CASA (MD, Prince George’s County Welcome Center)240-821-5816 or 240-491-5784https://wearecasa.org/
The data that Prince George’s County Government has been gathering as part of the Pavement Assessment Management System (PAMS) is now available on-line. This website is a source for determining whether a roadway is County-maintained or not.
You are receiving a call from a Prince George’s County Health Department employee because you were given a free COVID-19 diagnostic test at one of the County’s testing sites. The employee is calling to obtain your medical insurance information. This information will only be used to bill your health insurance company to reimburse the County for the cost of your COVID-19 test.
The information on the front and back of your insurance card is required – ID number, relationship to the insured and the address of the insurance company; the full name of the individual who received the COVID-19 test, their address as listed with the insurance plan, phone number, and date of birth.
No. All COVID-19 diagnostic tests remain free in Prince George’s County. There are no out-of-pocket costs to you and your health insurance carrier cannot hold you responsible for any deductible or co-pay.
The charges that will be submitted to your insurance will only be those related to the test, i.e., the assessment and swab specimen obtained by the nurse.
Your account will be adjusted to reflect no charge for the services. You will not be responsible for any non-covered services.
Your insurance company will provide you an explanation of benefits showing exactly what was charged, and what was paid to the Prince George’s County Health Department. You will not receive a bill.
Don’t worry. Whether you have health insurance or not, the Health Department employee will not ask for any payment information from you. You will not be charged for your COVID-19 test, regardless of your insurance coverage.
The Prince George’s County Health Department will know you were administered a diagnostic COVID-19 test based on the information you provided to us at the time of your COVID-19 test at one of our testing sites. The employee who calls you will not have access to your test results. The employee only has the demographic information that allows him/her to make the phone call.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) passed in April 2020 mandates that insurance companies pay for COVID-19 testing. The CARES ACT ensures that residents who get tested for COVID-19 are not held responsible for any out-of-pocket costs. Residents are not held responsible for any deductible or co-pay.
We need your health insurance information so we can bill your health insurance provider for the cost of your COVID-19 test.
From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, the Health Department has worked very hard to get as many residents tested as possible, especially residents who did not have insurance.
Our focus has been on finding and fighting the virus to keep all residents healthy and to save as many lives as possible.
Since the virus will be with us for a while, the Health Department is fighting this pandemic for the long haul and must maintain its ability to provide free COVID-19 testing at no cost to residents. The Health Department does not get COVID-19 tests for free. By obtaining health insurance information from those who have received a test, and billing the insurance company for reimbursement, we are able to ensure that the tests remain at no cost.
No. We will waive any patient responsibility amount on the EOB statement. You can verify this information with your health insurance provider. You will not be held responsible for paying the amount, as mandated by the CARES Act. Insurance carriers cannot hold patients responsible for any deductible or co-pay.
The Prince George’s County Health Department’s phone calls are part of an effort to ensure that county residents continue to receive free COVID-19 testing. We will not use your personal information for any other activity other than contacting your health insurance company. The Health Department is HIPAA compliant. This means we follow the same HIPAA guidance as other medical practices and we meet the federal requirements for the security and privacy of your protected health information.
If you have additional questions, feel free to call the Health Department’s Billing Department at (301) 883-3328 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also submit your questions via email to: BillingCommunications@co.pg.md.us or Debra Adams, Billing Manager at (301)883-6125.
A COVID-vaccine is one way to prevent serious illness due to COVID-19. Vaccination causes your body to create antibodies without getting sick with the COVID-19 disease. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and other experts will provide recommendations on priority groups and when groups should be vaccinated. Guidance on determining and providing the vaccine to priority groups will be based on the principles included in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Interim Updated Planning Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine During an Influenza Pandemic.
Operation Warp Speed is a partnership among components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense to help develop, make and distribute millions of vaccine doses for COVID-19 as quickly as possible while ensuring that the vaccines are safe and effective. Operation Warp Speed has been working since the pandemic started to develop COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make a COVID-19 vaccine(s) available. Vaccines undergo a series of rigorous clinical trials using thousands of study participants to generate data and other information for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine their safety and effectiveness to approve or authorize for emergency use. Following approval or authorization, many vaccine safety monitoring systems watch for adverse events or possible side effects. Visit the CDC’s website for more information about ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.—including information about specific vaccine monitoring systems.
COVID-19 infections can be a minor hindrance or lead to severe disease or even death. There are many reasons to get vaccinated.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
Maryland is working with partners at the federal, state, local and community level to work through the logistics of delivering, storing and administering the COVID-19 vaccine once it isavailable. Maryland is also making sure that people have the information they need to be confident in deciding to get vaccinated. Key priorities include:
Easy access to COVID-19 vaccines is equally critical. Maryland is working with public health professionals, healthcare providers, and other partners to make sure people can easily get a COVID-19 vaccine and that cost is not a barrier.
Prince George’s County recently launched its “Proud to be Protected” campaign to encourage all Prince Georgians to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes widely available. We recognize the hesitancy and concerns that our residents have regarding this vaccine, so our goal is to ensure every Prince Georgian has the information needed to fully understand how the vaccine will protect them from COVID-19.
In certain types of emergencies, the FDA can issue an EUA to provide more timely access to critical medical products that may help during the emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternative options. The EUA process is different from full FDA approval, clearance or licensing because the EUA standard requires significantly less data than otherwise would be required for approval, clearance or licensing by the FDA. This enables the FDA to authorize the emergency use of medical products that meet the criteria for issuance within weeks rather than months to years. It must be determined that the vaccines are safe and effective in diminishing the severity of COVID-19 symptoms to gain an FDA emergency use authorization or full licensing.
Experts do not know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19. Herd immunity is a term used to describe when enough people have protection—either from previous infection or vaccination—that it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread and cause disease. As a result, everyone within the community is protected even if somepeople don’t have any protection themselves. The percentage of people who need to have protection in order to achieve herd immunity varies by disease.
The number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that will be needed will depend on the type of vaccine that is administered. The coronavirus vaccines being studied are evaluating one or two doses. When giving two doses, they are usually given approximately one month apart. Since several vaccines are likely to become available over time, it is possible that some vaccines will require one dose while others may require two doses. It is also possible that over time, additional doses of vaccine may be needed to provide continued protection. It will take ongoing evaluation over several months and years to understand how our immune systems respond to this virus and how vaccines that become available assist in that response.
When a vaccine is authorized, we will only have information about the length of immunity for as long as people were vaccinated during the trials. For example, if the first people in the study were vaccinated in July 2020 and the vaccine is licensed in December 2020, we will only have information about the immune response up to 5 months after vaccination. The vaccine manufacturer will continue to monitor vaccine recipients for several months or more, so that over time, we will continue to get a better picture of the durability of immunity. With this information, we will be better able to understand whether vaccines against COVID-19 will require annual dosing like influenza.
Generally, it takes a week or two for immunity to develop following vaccination, but the specific timeline for any coronavirus vaccine will depend to some extent on which type of vaccine is licensed. For example, a live, weakened vaccine requires time to reproduce in the body, whereas an inactivated vaccine is given at a dose that will generate immunity. On the other hand, because the live, weakened vaccine reproduces to generate immunity, it might provide a more robust immune response than an inactivated vaccine.
When the FDA first authorizes or approves the use of one or more COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, there will be a limited supply, and not everyone will be able to be vaccinated right away. It is understandable how concerning this would be for people, especially for those who are at increased risk for serious illness from this virus and for their loved ones. That is why, early in the response, the federal government began investing in select vaccine manufacturers to help them increase their ability to quickly make and distribute a large amount of COVID-19 vaccine. This will allow the United States to start with as much vaccine as possible and continually increase the supply in the weeks and months to follow. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get aCOVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. Several thousand vaccination providers will be available, including doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.
MDH will focus this plan on three major phases of vaccine availability and distribution.
Phase 1 will begin when there is limited vaccine availability and will focus on target priority groups to receive vaccination. These groups will include those at highest risk of exposure to or developing complications from COVID-19, including:
Phase 2 will include people in critical infrastructure roles, including essential non-healthcare and transportation workers, and people at moderately higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
Phase 3 will be a wide-scale distribution of the vaccine associated with broad availability to the general population of the state.
The move to advanced phases will be based on the availability of COVID vaccine, achievement of targeted metrics for vaccination of higher priority groups or notification by CDC and state authorities that the general public phase can begin.
According to the CDC, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
We do not know how long antibodies last after infection or whether they will protect against reinfection. So, while vaccine trials are being completed, it will be important for scientists to continue learning about COVID-19, particularly whether people who got sick with COVID-19 can be re-infected. The current vaccine trials will include immunizing people who have never been infected with COVID-19 as well as those who have been previously infected. We will soon know whether vaccination of those who have been previously infected affords more complete or longer lasting protection than those who were previously infected but haven’t been vaccinated.
The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus is new, we don’t know how long natural immunity might last. Some early evidence—based on some people— seems to suggest that natural immunity may not last very long. Regarding vaccination, we won’t know how long immunity lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works. Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and the CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19. However, flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.
Efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, have led to decreased use of routine preventive medical services, including immunization services. Ensuring that you continue or start getting routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting yourself and others from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, including flu. Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations, which further strain the healthcare system.For the upcoming flu season, flu vaccination will be very important to reduce flu because it can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the population and lessen the resulting burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. A flu vaccine may also provide several individual health benefits, including keeping you from getting sick with flu, reducing the severity of your illness if you do get the flu and reducing your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization. For more information about seasonal influenza in Maryland, visit https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/influenza/Pages/home.aspx.
You should cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and wash your hands often. Get more information about these and other steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Marylanders are encouraged to visit covidlink.maryland.gov to learn more.
Prince George’s County entered Phase 1B on January 18, 2021 and enters Phase 1C for pre-registration on January 25, 2021. Individuals in prior phases are still eligible to sign up to receive vaccines as we move to additional phases. Vaccines are currently being administered at the Health Department’s Cheverly Health Center and the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex. At this time, these locations require an appointment in order to receive a vaccine. Additional vaccination sites are scheduled to be operational soon.
Individuals who live or work in the County that wish to receive a vaccine should complete the County Health Department’s pre-registration form. Those who are eligible for a vaccine will receive a link with instructions on how to schedule an appointment, as appointments become available. Current appointments are limited due to a limited supply of vaccines in the County and State. At this time, it may take several weeks or longer to receive an appointment, especially for individuals in Phase 1C.
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. At this time, there is no evidence that these variants can evade the recently developed vaccines or cause more severe illness or increased risk of death.
For more information, see the CDC Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants.
Vaccination distribution is an ongoing process. It will take several weeks to months to get through each phase. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress in each phase and when we are ready to move into the next phase. Below is a tentative timeline for our vaccination distribution plan, which is subject to change based on a number of factors.
All individuals who live or work in Prince George’s County are required to fill out the County Health Department’s pre-registration form if they wish to schedule a vaccine appointment. When you are eligible to receive a vaccine based on the County’s phased distribution plan AND as vaccine appointments become available based on supply, the Health Department will follow up via email with a link and instructions on how to schedule your appointment. Based on the current supply of vaccines, it may take several weeks or longer for the Health Department to follow up with available appointments.
The Critical Area includes all land within 1,000 feet of Maryland’s tidal waters and tidal wetlands. It also includes the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Coastal Bays, their tidal tributaries and the lands underneath these tidal areas. In Prince George’s County this includes areas along the Patuxent, the Potomac and the Anacostia Rivers. See PGATLAS.com for location of Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas.
The easiest way to determine if your property is in the Critical Area is to view the M-NCPPC PGAtlas website. Once on the site, go to Advance Mapping, select the binocular icon and enter your street address. Once your address information displays, select the magnifying glass to zoom in on the map to your property. Once your property displays, go to the icons on the right side and select the map layer icon. Once the layer list displays, select the drop down button next to zoning. Under the zoning layer, check off the box for Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Overlay (2015). If you do not have access to the internet, you can review detailed maps at the Planning Information Services counter in the Lower Level of the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Before removing the tree, please contact the DPIE Inspections Division at 301-883-3820 and press 5 to schedule an inspection. Once the inspector determines that the tree can be removed, they will write a report giving you permission. The inspector will also instruct you to plant a new tree to replace the dead tree. If this is an emergency situation, the tree can be removed prior to the inspector investigation. Please take a picture of the tree before removing.
A Critical Area Staff Level Review of your project can be done if it meets the following conditions: disturbance of 500 square feet or less will occur; there is no existing Conservation Plan for the lot; the project will not be located in the Critical Area Buffer; and the site is in conformance with the requirements of the Critical Area Overlay Zone. If your site does not meet these requirements, contact M-NCPPC Environmental Planning Section at 301-952-3650 for further guidance. If your site meets these requirements, contact DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division, Critical Area Planner, at 301-636-2060.
The Critical Area Conservation Plan is reviewed and approved by M-NCPPC Planning Board or by the Planning Director. The Development Review Division at 301-952-3530 can provide more information.
A Critical Area Bond is required to cover the required plantings. A cost estimate from a landscaping company is generally used to determine the amount of the bond. Once a copy of the cost estimate is received from the applicant, the bond amount is entered into the permit system under the related building or grading permit. The bond must be posted prior to the permit being issued.
The Critical Area Conservation and Planting Agreement must be recorded prior to the Conservation Plan being signed. Typically, applicants fill out the template for the Agreement and submit it to the DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division to confirm the information provided is correct. Upon confirmation, the document is signed by the County and returned to the applicant/owner to be recorded at the County Land Records Office in Upper Marlboro.
If you are having a drainage problem in the County public road right-of-way, such as a clogged storm drain or ponding water in the road, contact 311. The call and complaint will be routed to DPW&T, and they will contact you directly.
If the roadway is maintained by a municipality, you should contact the municipality for assistance.
If the roadway is maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), you should contact SHA and submit a service request.
If the drainage problem is on your private property, contact 311. The call and complaint will be routed to the Department of the Environment (DOE).
Yes, if work is proposed in the County public road right-of-way. Yes, if work on private property exceeds 5,000 square feet of land disturbance. A residential driveway permit is required for homeowners and a street construction permit is required for commercial properties.
The driveway apron is the portion of the driveway starting at the curb and ending at the County road right-of-way limit.
Driveways must be constructed at least 3.5 feet inside the residential property line, and not closer than 18 feet to driveways on other properties. Residential driveway widths are 10 foot minimum and 20 foot maximum. Residential driveways shall not be constructed in front of the house; instead the driveway must be offset to the side of the house, in accordance with County Code Subtitle 27. The slopes shall be constructed no flatter than 1.5% and no steeper than 12.5% in accordance with County Code Subtitle 27-560. See attached link to the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPW&T) driveway standards (STD 200.01-200.09): http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4789
Approximately $7 million to $11 million will be available each fiscal year. This will ensure that the Council has an opportunity to review the status of the program before additional funds can be spent.
In addition, awards will be subject to audits, compliance review, and numerous other levels of oversight to assure accountability.
Audits of businesses receiving aid will ensure that we have the necessary information to make changes to the terms of an agreement or to penalize a non performing recipient.
Annual W-2 forms are available for employees to access by January 31st each year. Employees can elect to receive their annual W-2 forms electronically in their Employee Self Service (ESS) portal. Guidance on how to elect to receive your W-2 form electronically in ESS and access your W-2 in ESS is available online here.
Requests for W-2 forms that cannot be accessed in Employee Self Service must be submitted to the Office of Finance, Payroll Section. Please complete the Payroll Request Form and submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 301-952-5329.
Contact the Maryland Commission on Human Relations at 800-637-6247, the Human Relations Commission at 301-883-6170 in Prince George's County, or
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR) has seen a dramatic increase in fraudulent unemployment insurance benefit claims. Some County Government employees have been impacted by fraudulent unemployment claims filed using the employee’s social security number.
OHRM continually reviews and verifies unemployment claims as they are received from DLLR and notifies impacted employees it becomes aware of through their Agency Human Resource Liaisons. Additional information regarding Unemployment Insurance fraud can be found on the DLLR website.
If you become a victim of identity theft, the Prince George’s County Office of Human Resources Management and the Police Department Financial Crimes Unit recommend taking the following steps:
QUESTIONS?If you have any questions, please contact the Sgt. Andrea Sheehan with the Prince George’s County Police Department’s OIC, Financial Crimes, Cyber Crime, and Pawn Unit via email at email@example.com.
In the United States, people are more likely to get infected with Enteroviruses in the summer and fall.
Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that clinicians only consider EV-D68 testing for patients with severe respiratory illness and when the cause is unclear. Clinicians should contact their local health department for guidance.
Some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.
If a property owner is not satisfied with the results of this review, they may apply for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA), which is a more detailed look at the elevation of the structure on the property and the elevation of the floodplain as shown on the NFIP map. Please call Sustainability Division at (301) 883-5839 for additional information on the LOMA process.
Contact DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division at 301-636-2060 and ask to speak with the floodplain engineer. Submit "Floodplain Information Request Form" and $50.
Influenza virus is spread when a person coughs or sneezes and the airborne droplets are inhaled by another person. However, the virus can also be spread by touching contaminated surfaces, and then touching one's face. The best way to prevent the spread of the influenza virus is by practicing good personal hygiene and getting vaccinated yearly. Personal Hygiene Tips.
Yes, a grading permit is required if you are grading more than 5,000 square feet of land or moving more than 100 cubic yards of soil. If you are grading in the public road rights-of-way, a street construction permit is required even if less than 5,000 square feet.
To apply for a permit in person, visit DPIE at 9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 100, Largo, MD 20774 (301-883-5900), or you may apply electronically.
It takes approximately 3 months. Expedited processing is available if permittee hires peer reviewers. Visit DPIE's website for more information regarding the Peer Review Program.
Depending on the size of the project, the response time to County comments and status of approvals from other agencies (M-NCPPC, PGSCD) is approximately 5 months. Expedited processing is available if permittee hires peer reviewers. Visit DPIE's website for more information regarding the Peer Review Program.
This table identifies key approvals needed.
Our commitment is to schedule inspections to meet the needs of our clients and within the constraints of our work load. Normally, that would be within five business days. The plan reviewer who reviewed/approved your food or swimming pool plans will be your on-site inspector. Sewage disposal system installation inspections are made by our field inspector who can be reached at 301-636-2070.
After receiving a property raze inspection by contacting our field inspector at 301-636-2070, bring your utility cut-off confirmation statements (gas, electric, water) to the Permits section of DPIE and complete a raze permit application.
• Preparation of “cottage foods” & their sale at farmers markets and temporary events.• Bed & Breakfast operation: defined as eight rooms or fewer for rent, is not required to have a food service permit if food is limited to only “continental breakfast.” Refer to COMAR 10.15.03.02(16)(a),(b),(c). Note: This also will require a single family rental license for your home. The rental license can be obtained from our website. Link to Comar
To obtain a copy of a deed, you must contact Land Records for Prince George’s County. The help desk phone number is 301-780-2253.
The Landlord Portal is a website dedicated to providing our current Landlords with up to date information.
Landlords can use the Portal to:
Before a Landlord can register for the Portal, they need to have a Registration Code. If you already have a Registration Code, follow these steps to register:
The Housing Authority sent emails and letters to all current landlords on 7/24/2020 informing them of their registration codes. If you did not receive one, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, please wait until you’ve signed a HAP contract with the Housing Authority to register for the Landlord Portal.
Rental Licenses are issued by Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE)
Click on type of Rental License below to apply:
To list a property, simply submit this online form.
You can view your permit status
Not at this time. Generally, DPIE's files are site-specific, and a complete street address is needed to process requests for records.
Copies of records will be provided in the form or format requested, only if the records are readily reproducible in that form or format. However, there are charges associated with obtaining copies of records. Currently, the first two hours of search and preparation for requested records are free. Duplication fees are charged according to DPIE's fee schedule.
Note: the fees contained in the link do not include fees associated with search and review time
The custodian may charge reasonable fees for the search and preparation of recordsfor inspection and copying. The first two hours of search time is free, however, any additional time is subject to fees.
DPIE will provide an estimate the costs associated with the request. However, the department is not bound by the estimate and may charge fees which exceed the estimate. The estimate is a rough calculation of the cost; it is meant to give the requestor guidance on what fees to anticipate. The actual cost may be higher or lower than the estimate. The requester will be provided with justification for the fees.
The MPIA provides for access to most agency records. There are certain records that may fall within one of the exemptions in State law that allows the agency to withhold documents and redact information from documents.
If you are denied access to any DPIE records, you will be notified as to the specific statutory provisions for each exemption and for challenging the denial procedures.
There is a matrix posted on the DPIE website that identifies what types of permits you need from Prince George’s County and various municipalities for projects located in municipalities.
Municipalities are shown on PGATLAS. Once you are on the page, select "Map Layers" (the last icon on the right). View the list of choices, then click on the drop-down menu by "Administrative" Layer; next, move the slider down on the right to view and click on the "Municipal Boundary" layer.
Twenty jurisdictions in the National Capital Region are conducting a simultaneous regional Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system test on Thursday, April 5, 2018, between 10 – 11 a.m. Jurisdictions participating in the WEA test include: City of Alexandria, City of Bowie, City of College Park, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Gaithersburg, City of Greenbelt, City of Takoma Park, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park, City of Rockville, District of Columbia, Arlington County, Charles County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Prince William County.
WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) is apublic safety system allowing people who use cell phones and other mobiledevices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages about threats tosafety in their area.
The NationalCapital Region’s Emergency Managers Council of Governments is conducting thecountry’s first live, geo-targeting exercise of WEA of this magnitude -approximately 5.2 million residents and visitors will be in the test area. Eachjurisdiction is notifying public safety, law enforcement, private/publicsectors partners, public transit officials and the public.
“This is atest of the Prince George's County Emergency Alert System. No action required.”
WEA includesa special tone (some describe it as quite loud) and a vibration, both repeatedtwice. A text message also appears on the mobile device.
No, if aperson’s WEA-enabled cell phone or mobile device is located in the targetlocation, an alert will be received. A person does not sign up to receive a WEAalert.
Eachjurisdiction participating in the exercise will draw their geo-targeted map. Weare 100 percent certain cell phone or enabled mobile devices located outside,but near, our jurisdiction will receive the WEA alert because this technologyuses carrier towers. Closer to rural areas, bleed over may be significant (upto five miles) and in densely populated areas, it’s less (up to one mile). Officialstake issuing a WEA seriously – so if you receive a WEA, follow the protectiveactions and immediately turn to local news for more details. During an actualemergency officials are committed to providing critical life-savinginformation; therefore, there is no exclusivity to this responsibility. We wantto ensure the safety of the public which means we will communicate as much aspossible in as many ways as possible.
Authorizednational, state or local government authorities may send alerts regardingpublic safety emergencies – such as evacuation orders or shelter-in-placeorders due to severe weather, a terrorist threat or chemical spill – using WEA.The alerts from authenticated public safety officials are sent through FEMA'sIntegrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to participating wirelesscarriers, which then push the alerts to cell phones and enabled mobile devicesin the affected area.
There arethree types of messages sent through WEA: extreme weather and other threateningemergencies in an area, AMBER alerts, and Presidential alerts during a nationalemergency.
Authorizedofficials select the coverage area(s) which best match the location of anemergency. All WEA-enabled mobile devices in the target location can receivethe alert, even if they are roaming or visiting from another state. In otherwords, a customer visiting from Richmond or Detroit would receive alerts in Washington,D.C., as long as he/she has a WEA-enabled mobile device in the alert zone.
The publicdoes not sign up to receive a WEA message; it is automatically deployed throughthe jurisdiction’s WEA system.
When the WEA programlaunched, participating wireless providers were generally required to send thealerts to a geographic area no larger than the county or counties affected bythe emergency situation. As of November 2017, all participating wirelessproviders are required to transmit alerts to a geographic area that bestapproximates the area affected by the emergency situation, even if it issmaller than a county. Beginning November 30, 2019, participating wirelessproviders must improve geo-targeting of alerts even further.
In the event widespread severe weather or othersignificant event occurs on April 5, the back-up date for the test is Monday,April 9, between 10-11 a.m., the WEA subcommitteechair, is hosting a call on Thursday, April 5, at 9 a.m. for the jurisdictionadministrators of the WEA system to give the green light for the test –Public Information Officers/Communication officials should connect with your WEA administrator tolearn the outcome of this April 5 conference call.
Periodictesting of public alert and warning systems assesses the system and identifiesany needed improvements. Public safety officialsneed to be sure in times of an emergency or disaster, they have reliablemethods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public.Conducting a regional test supports the continued use, training, andimprovement of the WEA system.
It is verylikely based on a person’s location between 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, April 5,that he/she will receive multiple WEA messages. For example, a person attends acoffee meeting at 10:00 a.m. in Alexandria, at 10:30 a.m. drives to Arlingtonand 11:00 a.m. heads to D.C. for another meeting. As a person navigates aroundthe NCR during 10-11 a.m., they will receive multiple messages.
WEA is a shorttext message designed to capture your attention – emergency officials currentlyonly have 90 characters for the message. Messages sent (via telephone call,text message, or email) through Alert Prince George's often include morein-depth details about a critical event.
No. Thisservice is offered for free.
No. A WEAmessage is broadcast from area carrier towers to mobile devices in the area.Every WEA-capable phone within range receives the message, just like emergencyweather alerts you see on local TV. WEA, like the TV station, doesn't know whois tuned in.
According to the FCC, consumers with prepaidphones can receive WEAs as long as their provider has decided to participate inWEA and the customer has a WEA-enabled device. These consumers receive the alertsjust as customers with paid, monthly service do.
WEA is one of the many ways emergency officialswill communicate with you during an emergency. Other sources include NOAAWeather Radio, news broadcasts, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV.
There arenumerous reasons a person may not receive the WEA test:
1) Someparticipating carriers may offer WEA on some, but not all, of their mobiledevices. Consumers should check with their wireless carriers to find out iftheir cell phone is WEA-capable.
2) Whenthe test is deployed, a person is taking a call on their cell phone.
3) If apps are running, you may not receive the audible alert.
4) Participationin WEA by wireless carriers is widespread but voluntary. Some carriers mayoffer WEA over all or parts of their service areas or over all or only some oftheir wireless devices. Other carriers may not offer WEA at all. Even if youhave WEA-enabled device, you would not receive WEAs in a service area where theprovider is not offering WEA or if your device is roaming on a provider networkthat does not support the WEA service. Consumers should check with theirwireless carriers to determine the extent to which they are offering WEA.
5) It’spossible you may have turned off the WEA notification on your cell phone. Todetermine if the alert is on or off, you could try (based on the version ofyour phone):
· Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. Tap on Notification Center and scroll all the way to the bottom. Under the Government Alerts section, toggle the AMBER Alerts or Government Alerts option on or off to enable or disable them.
To review status, go to Settings, click on the More option under the Wireless & Networks section, and scroll down to the Cell Broadcasts settings. Once opened, you will be able to see if disable extreme threats, severe threats, and Amber Alerts are selected.
*This depends on the version of aperson’s phone. Older versions of phones will have different paths to settings.
Cell phonesfrom major manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and LF receive WEA regardlessof where the device was purchased. This is possible because WEA are broadcastfrom area carrier towers to mobile devices in the area.
No. Towards the end of 2017, emergency management officials determined exercising the coordination and deployment of a coordinated, regional WEA was needed to ensure the public receives the right information, at the right time, to make the right decisions during an actual emergency.
Local governmentemergency managers need to hear from the public about the test. At theconclusion of the test, a survey link will be distributed within participatingjurisdictions. Individuals will be asked to complete a web based survey toshare experiences regarding the WEA test. The survey will close on Friday,April 13.
The FCC offers this guide: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/wea.pdf
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If the County holiday falls during the week of regular trash and recycling collection ( Tuesday - Friday), all collections scheduled on or after the holiday will slide by one day later in the week. For more information, please refer to the Waste Collection Schedule or contact CountyClick 3-1-1.
Prince George’s County joins the City of Baltimore, the District of Columbia, Anne Arundel, Howard, Fairfax and Montgomery County, as well as several municipalities in making the switch to once-a-week trash collection.
Call 301-883-3820 and press 5.
A rental license is required to rent a single-family dwelling with the following exceptions: the tenant is the landlord's parent, son, daughter, sibling, grandchild, grandparent or in-law; the landlord is an active member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, Diplomatic Corps, or Foreign Service who maintains the subject property as her or his domicile and permanent residence; or the landlord has been relocated for employment or education, maintains the subject property as her or his domicile and permanent residence. You may apply for a rental license online at this portal http://dpiepermits.princegeorgescountymd.gov/.
Please Note: The DPIE Building is currently closed to the public. DPIE is serving customers through teleworking, electronic and virtual processes. During this time, please use the ePermits Online Portal.
(The Permit Center is currently CLOSED to the public, located at 9400 Peppercorn Place, 1st Floor, Largo, Maryland, processes all applications for construction permits. Operational intake hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
For more information, contact the Permit Information Line at (301) 883-5776.
Fees associated with each type of permit vary and can be found online under the bonds and fees page.
The County has a wide variety of employment opportunities ranging from custodians to executive management and in the fields such as health, public safety, skilled craft, administration, management, engineering and information technology. You can view the County's Classification Plan to see that there are over 200 class series. View the plan
Prince George’s County has a video camera system. Conduent, Incorporated is contracted to provide the red light camera enforcement program and provides all the video camera citations. This company will maintain all equipment related to this program and process all violations captured by the equipment.
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No. The Down Payment on Your Dream program can only be used to purchase a vacant foreclosed property in one of the 33 eligible zip codes.
Applications for the program must be submitted through a Participating Lender listed. You must have a sale contract on a vacant foreclosure before you can complete an application with a Participating Lender. You must also complete a minimum 8-hour housing counseling course provided by a HUD certified housing counseling agency. Do not contact the Department of Housing and Community Development for an application. Participating Lenders
Attend a Participating Lender briefing and complete Participating Lender Agreement and FDIC Certification on Subprime Lending located at the Lenders Only Resource.
Yes. The Section 8 Home-Ownership Voucher may be used with the Down Payment on Your Dream Program. Contact a Participating Lender.
Take a housing counseling course and contact a Participating Lender to get pre-approved. For a list of Participating Lenders and Housing Counseling Agencies contact See the First Time Home Buyers Resource.
Travelers can expect certain inconveniences throughout the SafeTrack Plan. However, Prince George’s residents should make special note of the following surge projects: June 18 - July 3 (16 Days): Line Segment Shutdown for Orange, Blue & Silver Lines Affecting Eastern Market to Minnesota Ave & Benning Road (293,000 peak trips will be impacted) November 12 - December 6 (25 Days): Continuous Single Track for Yellow & Green Lines Affecting Greenbelt to College Park The June 18 surge is a line segment shutdown between Eastern Market to Minnesota Avenue/Benning Road Metro Stations. WMATA will be providing Free Bus Shuttle service between Eastern Market and Minnesota/Benning Road with stops at Stadium-Armory and Potomac Avenue. Since the June 18 surge project will impact approximately 293,000 peak trips, we encourage residents to avoid using MetroRail and seek travel alternatives, including local bus, regional commuter service, and carpools and take advantage of flex time, alternative work schedules and teleworking, if available. If you must use the MetroRail system, then plan ahead to account for reduced train service and traveling on WMATA’s shuttles between the shutdown areas. WMATA is providing parallel local bus service enhancements on the 97, T18, X9 Routes during the line segment shutdown and advising patrons to consider existing Metrobus alternatives which bypass the shutdown area, such as the 96, X2, 30N, 30S, 32, 34, and 36. Residents have an option to board a MARC train from the Bowie State and New Carrollton stops on the Penn Line or Laurel, Muirkirk, Greenbelt, College Park and Riverdale stops on the Camden Line, which provide direct commuter service to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Visit information about passenger fares and schedules. https://mta.maryland.gov/marc-train Also, residents should consider using the Green Line Stations for travel into downtown Washington, D.C. Parking is available at Greenbelt and Branch Avenue Metrorail Stations. Visit the WMATA website for more information about parking capacity and rates at each respective station. http://www.wmata.com/rail/parking/ The November surge is a continuous single tracking phase from Greenbelt to College Park. During this phase rail service will be available but the wait times will be significantly longer. We suggest visiting our Rideshare website at http://www.ridesmartsolutions.com/ for alternate travel options during the June 18th surge and single tracking projects.
DPW&T will update our site as new information becomes available.
Any person(s) planning to develop or grade a property, or perform work within the County public right-of-way (limits of the roadway area) or on-site (private property) needs a permit. A permit is needed to ensure that adequate and safe roads, grades, drainage, and stormwater management are constructed with the development of properties. See County Code Subtitle 32 for limited exemptions.
Site Development Rough Grading Permit – Enables rough grading in County public rights-of-way and on-site, including construction of storm drain and stormwater management ponds.
Site Development Fine Grading Permit – Enables fine grading in County public rights-of-way and on-site, and includes construction of public and private roads, paving, storm drains, stormwater management facilities, stream restorations, culverts, bridges, sidewalks, driveways, trails, recreation facilities and other development activities outside of the actual building structure. This permit is a prerequisite for a building permit.
Street Construction Permit – This type of permit enables roadway and drainage construction within the County public rights-of-way, including paving, sidewalks, driveways, streetscape, street lights, street trees, traffic signals and bridges.
Residential Driveway Permit – Enables construction of residential driveway entrances for access to and from the County public rights-of-way.
Haul Road Permit (hauling to or from a site) – Enables a commercial/industrial hauling operation to travel across County roads to and from filling and mining facilities. This type of permit enables logging contractors to haul commercial/industrial loads across County roads.
Oversize Overweight Vehicle Permit – Enables oversized and overweight vehicles to travel over specifically identified County roads and bridges.
Special Permit – Enables miscellaneous minor work to be done on-site and within County public rights-of-way.
Special Drain Permit – Enables minor on-site and public rights-of-way drainage.
Special Utility Permit – Enables utility installation/repair within the County public road right-of-way.
Application for the above types of permits may be made online or in person at DPIE's Permit Center, 9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 100, Largo, Maryland 20774. The Permits Section may be contacted at 301-883-5915.
Bonds are typically required by the County for:
A bond is typically required when an applicant proposes to construct or impact the public rights-of-way. Any construction within the public rights-of-way has the potential to cause damage to existing infrastructure within the public rights-of-way. Bonds are required for new roadway construction such as sidewalk, curb and gutter, roadway pavement, etc. The bond is money or surety held by the County until the proposed construction is finished. If there is no damage done to existing infrastructure at the end of the project and all work is completed satisfactorily, the bond is returned to the applicant. If there is damage done to existing infrastructure, the applicant will be required to repair those damages. After repairing those damages to the satisfaction of the County, the bond money will be returned to the applicant. If the applicant refuses to repair the damages or complete all work, the County will use the bond money to repair the damages or complete the work. The bond amount varies depending on the scope of the proposed construction.
1. A Special Utility Permit is required for the following types of utility work within County road rights-of-way or easements:
2. A Maintenance Utility Permit is required for each utility company to cover the following work within County road rights-of-way or easements:
Yes; a person/provider may install, construct or operate a small wireless facility on private property with the following:
The legislation proposes at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to acceptance by the Telecommunications Transmission Facility, every applicant shall send an informational mailing to all adjoining property owners, including owners whose property lies directly and diagonally across the street, alley, or stream and to every municipality located within one mile of the new facility, to the Council Member of the District where the new facility is proposed and all at-large Council member and to all civic associations registered with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission located within one mile of the new proposed Telecommunications Transmission Facility. If an application proposes the siting of a Telecommunications Transmission Facility in the Public Right-of-Way, an informational mailing shall also be sent to the owner of the property underlying the portion of the right-of-way on which the proposed facility would be located.
Residents may request additional information from the following cellular providers:
Call CountyClick 311 (311 or 301-883-4748), 24 hours after the precipitation has stopped, if your road has not been treated.
Call CountyClick 311 (311 or 301-883-4748). Inform the call taker that you live in a new development and they can determine if your roadway has been accepted into the County maintenance system. If it hasn't, you will need to contact your developer or citizens' association as it is their responsibility until the road has been accepted by the County.
- Please call the Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission (301-952-3208) for information to determine if there is an existing site plan for your subject property. If a site plan does not exist, the property owner must contact a properly licensed engineer to be provided a site plan for the subject property, and fees may apply.- The site plan requirement is based on project types. As an FYI, all additions and building height increases require a site plan. For additional information, please call the Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission (301-952-3208).
A: There are 3 basic requirements for grant eligibility:
*must meet low-income qualification in chart below to be considered for LIEEP; if not, then you are considered a market-rate resident and would participate in HPwES.
A: lf you are looking for assistance with your utilities, please use the following resources to assist you. Here is the listing of energy assistance programs in Prince George’s County. If your utilities have been shut-off, here is the link Prince George’s County’s utility termination notice
A: There are 9 neighborhoods distinguished as being an ERC: Bladensburg - East Riverdale; Forestville; Hillcrest Heights - Marlow Heights; Kentland - Palmer Park; Oxon Hill – Glassmanor; Silver Hill; Suitland - Coral Hills; and Woodlawn – Lanham.
Applicants for a grant in the Clean Energy Program can satisfy this condition with the address on record as shown on the recent copy of the electric utility bill. To confirm you are in one of the ERC communities, you must look up your address by using the ERC Address Locator: (https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9ae47ece53fa4a519919d2b91873392b). Please note the ERC Address Locator is the definitive tool for determining the eligibility of an application. You must drill in to ensure your address is in the ERC boundary.
A: No, virtually every homeowner in the state of Maryland can participate in EmPOWER Maryland and we encourage them to do so! Only members within an ERC community and that have Pepco or Washington Gas as their utility provider (described in Q#1) can receive the additional $5,000 and solar incentive up to $10,000. To participate in Empower Maryland, there are two routes residents can take:
1. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES)
Receive up to $7,500 in rebates/discounts: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program
2. *Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD): Receive up to $11,000 in rebates/discounts: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/income-eligible-energy-efficiency-program; https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Residents/Pages/lieep/default.aspx
*must meet low-income qualification in chart below to be considered for LIEEP; if not, then you are considered a market-rated resident and would participate in HPwES.
A: The first step is selecting your contractor to schedule to perform the energy audit (and potentially the actual work) on your home as part of the EmPOWER Maryland participation requirement.
Pepco customers: refer to a list of 30+ pre-approved contractors. The list can be viewed here: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program/overview/participating-contractors
Low-income residents: visit the Maryland DHCD website to pre-apply to schedule your energy audit to be performed.
2. Perform energy audit & receive audit report with prioritized list of measures (PLOM) for improvement recommendations from your selected contractor. This breaks down the recommended improvements and available rebates/discounts to make your home more energy-efficient, comfortable, healthy and safe. This will also provide you with a detailed report on the potential energy savings (kWh and $) you can enjoy by making the recommended improvements.
Homeowners elect the measures they want installed/upgraded to receive funding for and sign a proposal for the contractor to begin work.
3. Selected contractor completes proposed work on your home, install/implement recommended changes and should begin your application for a grant in the Clean Energy Program for you to sign, date and possibly request supporting documents. View our application to view all required documents.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANT
Funds can be used to offset the costs of various energy efficiency and retrofitting measures, and for professional services needed to address barriers and transform to higher efficiency and of renewable energy adoption (solar PV and solar water heater) for the respective property.
Participants of the Clean Energy Program are required to apply to the applicable EmPOWER Maryland incentive program: for market rate applicants, Pepco’s Home performance with ENERGY STAR Program, or for income-qualified applicants, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP).
Grants will be available to offset the costs of measures as recommended by a home energy assessment, to facilitate implementation of efficiency measures - funds may also be used to address challenges that would prevent the adoption of recommended efficiency measures. Upon completion of energy efficiency upgrades, residents in ERC designated communities may apply for solar PV and/or solar water heater grants.
The Clean Energy Program, Energy Efficiency grant award provides up to $7,500 in funds for residential energy efficiency measures, in addition to Pepco and Washington Gas incentives. The maximum grant award amount is $7,500 (for gas and electric incentives), of which $5,000 can be allocated towards electric incentives and $2,500 toward natural gas incentives, and up to 50% of total grant award amount ($3,750) can be allocated towards air sealing and insulation (does not include ancillary equipment like baffles/ventilation).
SOLAR PV GRANT
This grant award, coupled with state energy incentives, aids residents to access the benefits of solar photovoltaic (PV) and/or solar water heater upon the successful implementation of energy-efficiency (electricity and natural gas) measures. It also builds on Maryland and Prince George’s County’s energy-efficiency and carbon reduction goals and will help in making our County more energy resilient, using a holistic approach to break energy and cost barriers.
The incentive amount depends on whether the system is owned by the homeowner or a third-party:
A. If system is owned by the homeowner:
B. For third-party owned systems:
Eligible costs include any parts, component, or accessory equipment necessary to operate and/or install the device. A maximum of 15% of the grant award can be spent on reasonable measures to facilitate the installation of the system on a home (for example, tree trimming). OCS Sustainable Energy staff should be contacted to ensure the measure(s) qualifies.
SOLAR WATER HEATER GRANT
The incentive amount depends on whether the solar water heating system is owned by the homeowner or a third-party.
Eligible costs include any parts, component, or accessory equipment necessary to operate and/or install the device. A maximum of 15% of the grant award can be spent on reasonable measures to facilitate the installation of the system on a home. OCS Sustainable Energy staff should be contacted to ensure the measure(s) qualifies.
ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION & GREEN LEASING GRANT
ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than comparable buildings. Further, a building’s energy usage and efficiency are increasingly becoming factors to attract new, and to retain existing, tenants. ENERGY STAR certification can help to increase a building’s value and generate more income when compared to similar buildings.
The ENERGY STAR Certification and Green Leasing (ESGL) grant award seeks to increase the number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings and encourage the adoption of green-leasing practices within Prince George’s County. This effort will help support the County’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and attract and retain high-valued tenants in the county.
Maximum award available per application: $150,000
The following incentives are available to qualified applicants:
A: Homeowners have the power to choose their energy efficiency contractor! In the best interest of County residents, in order to analyze your home and provide recommended energy efficiency improvements, there is a vetted and pre-approved list or network of certified contractors who have agreed to the program terms and conditions. The first step in participating in both EmPOWER Maryland and the Clean Energy Program is to select a contractor from the list to perform your energy audit. Currently there are 30+ included on the list. Local economic development is encouraged by selecting contractors from your local community.
This list can be found here: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program/overview/participating-contractors.
“OCS Sustainable Energy does not endorse, sponsor, or otherwise make any representation or warranty with respect to any contractor or the work, materials, or services provided by any contractor.”
A: The Energy Efficiency Grant was designed to enhance the already established state-wide EmPOWER Maryland Program for County residents by providing supplemental grant funds to Pepco residents within an ERC.
There are many improvements that can be made in the home to save you electricity, water, money and stress. These typical improvements can be found here: (https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program/overview/whole-house-approach/typical-improvements-whole-house-approach). Air sealing and insulation alone saves on average 12% on your energy bills.
A: During your initial energy audit, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified building professional performs many tests using diagnostic equipment to perform a whole-house energy assessment (or “audit”). This includes a complete inspection and diagnostic tests of your home such as the blower door test to depressurize your home and to identify current potential health and safety measures. These issues must be remedied before any work can be done. The Energy Efficiency Grant can cover up to 15% of the energy improvements cost for applicable health and safety measures.
A: The Quick Home Energy Check-Up is free of charge to utility customers and is less thorough than the Home Performance audit. During the QHEC, the Energy Analyst assesses your home’s energy use by accompanying homeowners on a visual walk-through of their home identifying energy-saving opportunities. He or she also will help customers to begin saving right away by installing energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, pipe wraps for your electric hot water heater for simple insulation, a showerhead adapter, efficient-flow showerheads, faucet aerators to reduce the amount of water consumed and power strips. Please note, there is no formal energy audit report included with the QHEC so you cannot use this form of an audit that is required to participate in grants in the Clean Energy Program. To learn more about QHEC visit: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/quick-home-energy-check-up-program
In order to be considered for grants in the Clean Energy Program, you must receive a comprehensive energy assessment by a certified professional that uses the whole-house approach. This is performed as a part of the Home Performance audit as the program requires a whole-house audit that deeply analyzes all areas of your home in detail (this includes the mentioned blower door test).
The cost for the whole-house audit is $100 which is a discounted price for current Pepco and Washington Gas customers (normally $400). To learn more about HPwES, visit https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program.
A: Let’s break this down by stages in the application process. For energy-efficiency projects, low-income homeowners receive their energy audits at a discounted rate. Depending on the selected contractor, Market rate residents may have to pay $100 upfront for audits and reports (discounted from $400). Either way, this audit cost to homeowners will be reimbursed as a part of the grant. The Clean Energy Program, Energy Efficiency grant award provides up to $7,500 in funds for residential energy efficiency measures, in addition to Pepco and Washington Gas incentives. The maximum grant award amount is $7,500 (for gas and electric incentives), of which $5,000 can be allocated towards electric incentives and $2,500 toward natural gas incentives, and up to 50% of total grant award amount ($3,750) can be allocated towards air sealing and insulation (does not include ancillary equipment like baffles/ventilation).
A: Absolutely! Regardless of your utility provider, any homeowner in the County can partake in EmPOWER Maryland. In most instances, through your utility provider, you can receive incentives such as rebates/discounts on measures to be installed after receiving an energy audit, rebates to upgrade appliances and HVAC equipment such as your clothes washers/dryers, heat pumps, air conditioner units, pool pumps, smart thermostats and even refrigerators. There are also incentives to save energy on peak demand days, decreasing the amount you are charged on the days that people use the most energy. See below for linkage:
A: Yes, the system must be a rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) system as ordered by the language in the merger agreement that released funds to support this grant between Pepco and Exelon.
A: Yes, you have the power to choose your solar contractor completely! We recommend that you receive quotes from at least 2 solar companies, and we encourage local economic development by selecting contractors from your local community. A great resource for finding qualified solar installation contractors can be found by visiting www.energysage.com.
A: The minimum system size to qualify for a grant is 2.0 kW, but there is no maximum sized solar system that can be added to the roof.
A: The solar grant is both a reimbursement of upfront costs and is paid before panel installation. The grant is paid upon receipt of invoice after your grant prequalification.
A: Right now, condos can partake in a Quick Home Energy Check-up (QHEC). The free service is provided by utility companies as a part of EmPOWER Maryland. Condos nor apartments can participate in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program at this time. In effort to minimize household energy consumption, condos can participate in the Appliance Rebate Program offered through Pepco.
In order to provide a sound basis for engineering judgment with respect to the need for installing stop signs on all approaches of the roadway, the Department conforms to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This manual, prepared by a national joint committee on municipal, county, and state officials, contains the following conditions or warrants, which should be present before a traffic control device such as a multi-way stop control is warranted.
Yes, you need a permit and permission from the County. However, you first need to call CountyClick 311. If the tree is in the County road right-of-way, you also need a Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) roadside tree permit. No tree in the public right-of-way can be removed without DPW&T approval, since the trees in the public right-of-way are maintained by DPW&T. Once CountyClick 311 receives your request, a person from DPW&T’s Office of Highway Maintenance will contact you. The County public right-of-way trees are governed by The Maryland Roadside Tree Law, administered by the DNR – Forest Service. It is unlawful for private property owners to cut down public County trees within the right-of-way, unless the person removing a tree has obtained a Roadside Tree Removal Permit from DNR – Forest Service. If the tree is in the public road right-of-way in a municipality or a state highway, you need to contact the municipality or the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) to determine their requirements regarding tree removal.
If the tree is on your property, it depends on how many trees you are removing. Generally, removing one tree does not require a permit. However, contact the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Environmental Planning Section, at 301-952-3650 for guidance regarding tree removal and tree conservation approvals. For detailed guidance on this topic, please go to the following M-NCPPC website for more information. If you live in a municipality, you also need to contact the municipality to determine the municipality’s requirements regarding tree removal.
If you are clearing more than 5,000 square feet of trees, you need a grading permit. Contact DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division at 301-636-2060 for the District Engineer for a specific area regarding the process for a grading permit.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by germs spread from person to person through the air. To read more about TB please view our About Tuberculosis page.
The TB clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays; with evening hours on Tuesdays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All TB Control Program services are provided by appointment only. An appointment can be made by calling 301-583-3110 (TTY/STS Dial 711 for Maryland Relay).
The Housing Authority of Prince George’s County administers the voucher and, with funds received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), pays the remainder of the rent amount directly to the landlord. The HCV recipient may use the voucher to find a unit in any part of the United States and Puerto Rico.
For information about your trash collection service, please contact CountyClick at 3-1-1 or visit us at Trash and Waste Collections.
All trash must be tied and bagged securely.
No plastic bags are allowed in the curbside recycling program including translucent clear plastic bags. These bags can only be used for shredded paper. For more information about the policy, please contact CountyClick at 3-1-1 or visit No Plastic Bags - Unacceptable Items.
To view a full list of the waste collection holiday schedule, visit Holiday Waste Collection Schedule for more information or contact CountyClick at 3-1-1.
Once collected, recyclables are taken to the County’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where the materials are sorted and are either crushed (glass) or baled (newspaper, plastic, aluminum and steel) for shipment to markets. For more information, please watch our Single-stream recycling program in Prince George’s County video or visit our Residential Recycling Program Page.
To learn the trash and recycling days for your community, please contact CountyClick at 3-1-1.
Bulky trash items such as washing machines, dryers, furniture, hot water heaters, and other large items are collected by appointment only. To schedule an appointment for Bulky Trash, visit bulkytrash.princegeorgescountymd.gov/ or call CountyClick at 3-1-1, Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Appointments are scheduled for normal County workdays on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bulky items should be placed at the curb no earlier than the night before your scheduled appointment date or by 6 a.m. the morning of your appointment date.
Household items that are flammable, caustic or toxic are considered to be hazardous. Household hazardous waste includes, but it is not limited to:
-Swimming Pool Chemicals
-Used Motor Oil
Citizens and residents can take their household hazardous waste to the Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site located at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill, 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information concerning household hazardous waste, please visit us at Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site or call 301-952-7625.
Clippings that are left on the lawn will return to the earth and restore natural ingredients to the soil. Additionally, these clippings help to retain moisture, reduce wear and facilitate growth. By not bagging our grass clippings, the cost of waste removal is reduced by 24%. Find more information about Yard Waste Collection.