Sign-up Is Available for the Winter Community Partners' Meeting!
DPW&T will be the host agency for the winter session of the Community Partners’ Meeting being held on December 7, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom. Use this link to register:
DPIE hosted sister agencies DoE and DPW&T in a multiagency meeting to share information about programs, services and new initiatives.
If you missed it and would like to view the PowerPoint, you may do so at this link:
Fall Community Partners' Meeting presentation.
ePlan Customer Trainings Offered via Zoom
Thursday, January 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 January virtual class need to reply no later than January 11th by sending an e-mail to one of the following contacts or calling the phone number:
|Robin — firstname.lastname@example.org||Danielle — email@example.com|
|Shanti — firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 Now Accepted in Momentum
New trade permits (electrical and mechanical) that do not require a building permit are now 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:
- Cell Tower Permits
- Special Utility Permits
- Department of Environment Permits
- Electrical, Mechanical and Fire Permits that are associated with an existing permit in ePermits
- For Sewer/septic applications please fill out this application and forward to DPIECustomer2@co.pg.md.us
- For Well applications please fill out this application and forward to DPIECustomer2@co.pg.md.us
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.