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Trainings

 

ePlan Training, virtual digital wall with hand-held stylus

 

ePlan Customer Trainings Offered via Zoom

Thursday, April 18, 2024
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

DPIE is offering monthly VIRTUAL training sessions on how to upload applications and plans for review in our ePlan system. Training sessions are FREE and are held the third Thursday of every month. The Zoom link will be provided to registered customers 48 hours prior to the training.

All those who wish to attend the April virtual class need to reply no later than April 11th by sending an e-mail to one of the following contacts or calling the phone number:

Robin — ramclean@co.pg.md.us Danielle — dmrobinson1@co.pg.md.us
Shanti — snwilliams@co.pg.md.us Shaniqua — sjreed@co.pg.md.us
(301) 636-2050  

To cancel or reschedule, please notify one of the above persons via e-mail or call the phone number.

Please Note:  If there are less than 4 people signed up for a training, the class will be canceled; the persons signed up to attend will be notified and moved to the following month’s class.

All customers scheduled to attend an ePlan Customer Training session must print a copy of the "ePlan Applicant User Guide" for the class.

Occurs every 3rd Thursday of every month! This year's remaining trainings will be held on:

  April 18, 2024  
May 16, 2024  June 20, 2024 July 18, 2024
August 15, 2024 September 19, 2024 October 17, 2024
 


 

Events

Community Partners Meeting Spring 2024

Community Partners' Spring Meeting — ICYMI

In case you missed the virtual Community Partners’ Spring 2024 meeting, you may click to view DPIE's Community Partners' Spring presentation. The meeting provided an opportunity for Prince George’s County residents to get updates and ask questions from the Department of the Environment (DoE), the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T), and the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE).

 

ICYMI!

Third-Thursday Community Information Session

Unlicensed Home-Based Businesses Are Illegal, graphic of basement barbershop

DPIE hosted the first quarterly Third-Thursday Community Information Session in February. If you missed the meeting, you may view the February 15, 2024, "Unlicensed Home-Based Businesses Are Illegal in Prince George's County" presentation here.

Join us for the next Third-Thursday Community Information Session coming in May!


En español

DPIE organizó la primera sesión informativa comunitaria trimestral del tercer jueves en febrero. Si se perdió la reunión, puede ver la presentación del 15 de febrero de 2024 sobre "Los negocios desde el hogar sin licencia son ilegales en el condado de Prince George" aquí.

¡Únase a nosotros para la próxima sesión informativa comunitaria del tercer jueves que se realizará en mayo!
 

Community Partners' Meetings

Spring 2024: DoE hosted the Spring Community Partners' Meeting. 

Fall 2023: DPIE hosted the Fall Community Partners' Meeting. If you would like to view the presentation, you may do so at this link: Fall Community Partners' Meeting presentation.

Winter 2023: DPW&T hosted the Winter Community Partners' Meeting. If you would like to view the presentation, you may do so at this link: Winter Community Partners' Meeting presentation.

 

News


Special Enforcement Blitz Is Addressing Illegal Home-Based Businesses

Prince George’s County is taking action against illegal home-based businesses following a surge in citizen complaints regarding kitchen cafés, makeshift clubs, driveway auto repair shops, and other unpermitted businesses. The Stepped-Up Enforcement Initiative, which was launched on March 1, is being spearheaded by DPIE utilizing trained Enforcement Division inspectors.  

During the first 30 days of the blitz, DPIE is visiting neighborhoods passing out enforcement information to residents. Inspectors are also working with community and agency partners and utilizing social media to spread the message about the program. Inspectors are converging on certain areas on designated weekends and evenings.

“Unlicensed businesses pose a threat to our community's integrity and safety," said County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. "This initiative is about more than shutting people down. We also aim to work with residents operating businesses illegally to bring them into compliance, whenever possible, ensuring fairness and fostering a thriving business environment throughout the county."

“The blitz focuses additional attention and resources on the illegal businesses that were identified as frequent offenders in targeted locations,” said DPIE Director Dawit Abraham. “The County has created a multi-level response. Though DPIE inspectors are serving as the primary team, we are working with other agencies, such as Police Department COPS officers and staff from the County Executive’s Office of Latino Affairs, African Diaspora Advisory Board, Muslim Association and other stakeholders.”

An amnesty program will run through July 1, providing violating owners with 90 days to come into compliance before DPIE issues fines.  

The initial phase of the special enforcement blitz is targeting areas of the County that generate the highest number of complaints, including Adelphi, Hyattsville, Lewisdale, Langley Park, Lanham, Riverdale Park, Seabrook and Upper Marlboro. Campaign materials are being distributed in multiple languages including Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Arabic, Amharic and French. Spanish-speaking DPIE inspectors are working in high-density communities with large numbers of Latino residents.  

Learn more about the campaign at mypgc.us/UnlicensedBusinesses.

 

How Does the Blitz Work?

DPIE’s "Stepped-Up Enforcement Blitz" is targeting two categories of unlicensed businesses: those that can achieve compliance and those that cannot.

Businesses that can achieve compliance are establishments operating outside of County Code that be changed to comply, such as:

  • Unpermitted residential hair salons and barber shops
  • Food trucks vending on the side of public roads
  • Home-based tax preparation businesses
  • Unlicensed room and boarding house rentals
  • Unlicensed day care or elder care
  • Operating a store from your home

DPIE is educating owners of these businesses about securing required permits and licenses and providing a 90-day period for them to come into compliance before issuing fines.

Businesses that cannot achieve compliance are those that are always illegal to operate, such as:

  • Running a restaurant, any type of eatery, or selling food from your home, garage or yard
  • In-home nail salons
  • Operating a home car-repair business or vehicle paint booth
  • Selling items at intersections or from vehicle trucks
  • Storing goods for resale in your home
  • Operating pay-to-attend parties or selling alcohol from your premises
  • Converting a single-family home into more than one dwelling unit
  • Allowing sheds to be used as living quarters

For businesses such as these that cannot achieve compliance, DPIE is issuing citations and fines.

 

DPIE Business Licensing ID Card Issuance Changing

Effective April 15, 2024, DPIE Business Licensing will no longer issue physical identification cards for certain business and health licenses. In lieu of ID cards, applicants will be able to download their licenses from the online Momentum system. This change will allow applicants to access their licenses soon after issuance instead of waiting for delivery by mail.  The licenses for which IDs will no longer be issued by DPIE Business Licensing include:

  • Certified Food Service Manager
  • Door-to-Door Solicitor
  • Food Manager Training
  • Master Electrician – Limited
  • Mobile Vendors (Ice Cream Truck)
  • Pawn Dealer Employee
  • Pool Operator
  • Secondhand Dealer Employee

Visit the DPIE Business Licensing page for additional information.

 

DPIE Announces the New Acting Associate Director of the Site/Road Plan Review Division Is Reynaldo S.P. de Guzman, P.E.

Rey de Guzman has over 35 years of experience in various departments and divisions within the Prince George’s County regulatory system. Most recently, he serves as Chief Engineer at DPIE’s Site/Road Plan Review Division and is responsible for the review and permitting of all bridge and roadway construction, roadway improvements, storm drain infrastructure, stormwater management and flood mitigation facilities and policies, floodplain management, management of projects within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, and site grading as it relates to land development in the County. He also serves on many technical and policy entities in the establishment of regulations, process development, and Code changes. His achievements include the National Capital Business Park, National Harbor; MGM – National Harbor; Suitland Town Center; University of Maryland Regional Medical Center; FedEx Field; Konterra; and the establishment of DPIE itself. Prior to DPIE, Mr. de Guzman served as principal engineer at the Department of Environmental Resources (now DoE) Watershed Protection Branch. He was promoted to District Engineer at the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) and then promoted to Division Chief for the Engineering and Inspections Division.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He is also the recipient of various prestigious awards, including the 2019 CEAM Service Award, which honors outstanding urban land development professionals.

Mr. de Guzman obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines.

In his spare time, Mr. de Guzman is very involved in his church in Alexandria, Virginia, and with family. 

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Mr. de Guzman in his new role as Acting Associate Director!

 

DPIE Announces Acting Deputy Director Position Selection!

Mary Giles, P.E. Is the New Acting Deputy Director of Permitting and Plan Review Divisions

Ms. Giles, P.E., is a civil engineer with 43 years of experience in the profession. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Maryland.

Ms. Giles grew up in Prince George’s County, attending public schools in Forest Heights, Oxon Hill and College Park. Ms. Giles has 27 years of experience employed in private land development consulting firms working primarily on Prince George’s County permit projects. She has 13 years of experience in the public sector and has served as an Associate Director in the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement since 2014.

She has a tremendous depth of knowledge in the overall Prince George’s County development process and has participated in several past and present efforts to evaluate and streamline the permit process. Ms. Giles’s high level of expertise in permitting and plan review has significantly contributed to notable projects such as National Harbor, University of Maryland Performing Arts Center, Riderwood Village, Prince George’s County Hospital in Largo, Boulevards at Capital Center, Balk Hill and Balk Hill Village, Konterra Town Center, West Hyattsville Metro Redevelopment, and numerous other land development projects. Most recently, she has also been a key participant in the development of technology platforms implemented by DPIE to automate and go digital with the plan review and permitting systems. 

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Ms. Giles to her new role as Acting Deputy Director in the Office of the Director!

 

Prince George’s County Announces Winter 2023/2024 Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal Inspection Program

The Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) wants to remind residents and businesses that owners, tenants and managers of residential and commercial properties with paved sidewalks adjacent to their properties are responsible for ensuring that sidewalk areas are cleared of snow and ice. Failing to clear snow and ice may result in the levying of fines.

Ensuring that public sidewalks are cleared of snow and ice is an important safety and accessibility consideration for pedestrians. It is especially important for young children, students who walk to school, senior citizens and people with ambulatory disabilities. Prince George’s County Code Section 23-150 mandates that responsible parties remove accumulated snow and ice from abutting sidewalks within 48 hours after snow has fallen or ice has accumulated to a depth of two or more inches. 

Responsible parties who fail to clear the abutting sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a major snow event will be issued a reminder notice by a DPIE inspector. After another 24-hour period, the DPIE inspector will conduct a second inspection. If the responsible parties have failed to clear their sidewalks within the designated 48 hours following the end of a major snow event, the inspector will issue a citation that carries a fine of $100 per day. Additional citations may be issued for subsequent 24-hour periods until the accumulated snow and ice are cleared. Fines will continue to accumulate with each successive citation.

If the snow and ice are not removed in a timely manner, the County has the authority to hire a contractor to clear it and add the costs to the fines.

Areas of primary focus include sidewalks:

  • Adjacent to commercial establishments and apartment/condominium complexes 
  • Along roadways within 1.5 miles of a school 
  • Along State designated highways
  • Along County primary roadways
  • Abutting major public gathering places, such as churches, assembly halls, etc.
  • Reported through public complaints (PGC311)
     

For more information, visit DPIE's website page on Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal Inspection Program.

 

Community Information Sessions Move to Quarterly Presentations

DPIE’s virtual Third-Thursday Community Information Sessions have changed from monthly to QUARTERLY. These meetings allow citizens to interact with agency staff. Each session focuses on a particular topic and includes a brief presentation, comments by agency experts and a Q&A period.

  • Sessions take place from 11 a.m.–12 noon on the third Thursday every three months. 
  • Registration information will be provided in the DPIE Developments newsletter and on DPIE's website at dpie.mypgc.us closer to each event.
  • Participants may submit questions in advance to DPIEpio@co.pg.md.us.

The quarterly Third-Thursday Community Information Sessions will be held in February, May, August and November.

 

New Associate Director of the Administrative Services Division Joins DPIE's Senior Management Team

Eric Ampedu joins DPIE after nearly 18 years in the District of Columbia government. He is a seasoned government services executive with extensive HR and operations experience. Eric started his DC Government career at the District Department of Transportation, where he utilized innovative recruitment techniques to attract engineers from other jurisdictions to the District. He played a leadership role in transforming the DC Taxicab commission into the current Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) in the District and deployed the gTechna machine learning (ML) solution to track and monitor the activities of for-hire vehicles in the District. Most recently, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer for DCRA and led the efforts that transitioned DCRA and established the District’s newest agencies, the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) without any interruption in service delivery. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Cape-Coast in Ghana and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

 

Special Event Expedited Review Fee Increases

On May 30, 2023, the Prince George’s County Council adopted the Special Event Expedited Review Fee via Resolution (CR-15-2023) to cover expedited plan reviews and inspections for the issuance of Special Event Temporary Use and Occupancy Permit applications. Effective October 1, 2023, the Special Event Expedited Review Fee will be assessed. The fees and charges are designated in the DPIE Fee Schedule or click to view the Special Event Expedited Review Fee Table.

 

New After-Hours Permit Fee

On May 30, 2023, the Prince George’s County Council adopted a new After-Hours Permit Fee for the review and issuance of an After-Hours Permit. The new fee of $60 (+ 5% technology fee) will be assessed starting on
October 1, 2023. It will cover the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) costs of reviewing and issuing an After-Hours Permit Application. The fees and charges are designated in the DPIE Fee Schedule. View the text related to the After-Hours Permit Fee at CR-017-023 and CB-36-2023 on the legislation site.

 

Trade Permits Accepted in Momentum

New trade permits (electrical and mechanical) that do not require a building permit are accepted in Momentum. If your electrical or mechanical permit is related to an existing construction permit that was issued in ePermits, you must continue to use this process to apply for that electrical or mechanical permit in ePermits with the same link you have been using, referencing the existing case number.

Otherwise, you will use the legacy ePermits online system for the following only:

  1. Cell Tower Permits
  2. Special Utility Permits
  3. Department of Environment Permits
  4. Electrical, Mechanical and Fire Permits that are associated with an existing permit in ePermits 
  5. For Sewer/septic applications please fill out this application and forward to DPIECustomer2@co.pg.md.us
  6. For Well applications please fill out this application and forward to DPIECustomer2@co.pg.md.us  
  7. For revisions to applications/permit prior to 5/1/23, you must utilize the existing revision process through ePlan.

For all other permits you must use Momentum.

DPIE construction permits are also accepted in Momentum, following the same exceptions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How would I know if my permit was issued in ePermits vs Momentum?

    If your permit number begins with a number 0000-2023-0, your permit was issued in ePermits. Momentum permit numbers start with the letter “P” and have a numbering system that is completely different from ePermits.

  2. Does ePlan/ProjectDox change?

    No, the County will continue to process permit reviews in ePlan. However, the ePlan process does vary slightly depending on whether the permit application occurred in ePermits or Momentum. However, you will not have to do anything to adjust.

  3. How will inspections for trade permits be impacted on Monday, April 24th?

    Trade permits that were issued in our current ePermits system will continue to have inspections scheduled as has been done in the past by calling (301) 755-9000 or scheduling online. For trade permits issued in Momentum, you will call the same number, (301) 755-9000, to schedule an inspection.

  4. How would I know if my electrical or mechanical permit requires a building permit?

    If the work is for the repair or replacement of an existing system with the same size, tonnage and location, a building permit is not required. All other electrical or mechanical work will require a building permit.

 

Rent Stabilization Act of 2023 Went into Effect in April Limiting Rent Increases for Some Renters to 3 Percent Annually

Landlords in Prince George’s County are now limited in the amount they can increase existing rent in certain rental units. To learn more, see the Rent Stabilization Act FAQs.

 

New Requirement Helps Streamline the Permit Process for Residential Fences

DPIE's Site/Road Plan Review Division (SRPRD) has streamlined permitting procedures for Residential Fence Permits by designing a form that establishes when a permit review is needed or not needed by the SRPRD. The landowner is required to sign and submit the new "Residential Fence/Gate Owner Certification" form for all residential fence permits. This form will help shorten the timeframe for residential fence permits by predetermining the review steps in order to keep the permit moving forward.

 

New Document Clarifies Requirements for Change of Occupancy (Use) per Current Codes

DPIE's Building Plan Review Division's (BPRD) chief, Nabeel Waseem, has written a document in collaboration with Associate Director Bellur Ravishankar and staff to review applicable building codes to assist customers who need clarity in planning change of use vs. building changes. The document provides information on: applicable building codes to determine the change of occupancy/use; conditions where a plan review is NOT required by the BPRD; BPRD's requirements for change of occupancy/use; and common examples of change of occupancy/use. Click to access the "Change of Occupancy (Use) per the Building Code" document.

 

School Facilities Surcharge Fees and Public Safety and Behavioral Health Surcharge Fees Adjusted

Effective July 1, 2023, the School Facilities Surcharge fees and Public Safety and Behavioral Health Surcharge fees were adjusted for inflation for Fiscal Year 2024 by an increase of 4.9% on new residential construction for which a building permit is issued, as required by Maryland State Law and ordinances (CR-069-2023 and CR-063-2023) enacted by the Prince George’s County Council per the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the United States Department of Labor.

Pursuant to the Prince George’s County Code, except for residential construction in certain areas qualified for a reduction in the School Facilities Surcharge fee, the School Facilities Surcharge fee for Fiscal Year 2024 shall be $11,560 for permits issued for buildings located between Interstate Highway 495 and the District of Columbia. For permits issued for buildings included within a Basic Plan or Conceptual Site Plan that abut existing or planned mass transit rail station sites operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the School Facilities Surcharge fee shall also be $11,560. The School Facilities Surcharge fee shall be $19,826 for permits issued for all other buildings. Additionally, pursuant to the Prince George’s County Code, the Public Safety and Behavioral Health Surcharge fee shall be $3,123 for permits issued for construction located inside the Transportation Service Area I as defined by the Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission in the Prince George’s County Approved General Plan and for construction in an area included in a Basic Plan or Conceptual Site Plan that abuts an existing or planned mass transit rail station site operated by WMATA and that complies with the requirements of any Sector Plan, Master Plan or Overlay Zone approved by the Prince George’s County District Council. The Public Safety and Behavioral Health Surcharge fee shall be $9,362 for all other buildings.

Click to view the "Notice: School Facilities Surcharge and Public Safety and Behavioral Health Surcharge Fees Adjusted" document.