Code Enforcement Process
Inspections are conducted as part of an overall and ongoing departmental "cleanup" strategy in communities or in response to complaints. Should violations be identified during an inspection, the Code Official (inspector) issues a Notice of Violation (NOV) and/or a Civil Citation to the owner or responsible person for the property.
The NOV or citation references the violation(s) of the County Code and the length of time allotted to address the violation(s). A follow-up inspection is conducted after the allotted time to ensure compliance. If the violation(s) has not been addressed at the time of re-inspection of the property, appropriate action will be taken.
Code Enforcement Services
Property Maintenance and Code Enforcement
- Single Family & Multifamily Housing Enforcement
- Zoning Enforcement
- Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal Inspection Program
For questions related to single-family, multifamily and short-term rental licenses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rent Stabilization Act Approved by County Council
The new Rent Stabilization Act serves to amend the Landlord-Tenant Code to limit landlords’ ability to increase rent for tenants above 3 percent over a 12-month period. To learn more, see the Rent Stabilization Act FAQs.
- All Short-Term Rental Licenses are administered by DPIE's Enforcement Division.
- All Single-Family and Multifamily Rental Licenses are also administered by DPIE's Enforcement Division, except for the following cities/towns which are NOT licensed in our jurisdiction:
Berwyn Heights, Bowie, Brentwood, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, College Park, District Heights, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover Hills, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park, Seat Pleasant, Town of Laurel and University Park.
- Rental Licenses are processed in Momentum.
File a Complaint or Report a Violation
Call PGC311 at 3-1-1 if you are inside the County or 301-883-4748 if you are outside of the County, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., except Federal and County holidays.
Please include the address of the property in question and a brief description of the complaint or suspected violation. Report information 24/7 on the website at PGC311.
Code Enforcement Links
- Foreclosure Property Registration Form
- I Received an Administrative Citation
- Code Enforcement Municipality Responsibilities
- Applicable Codes
- Make a Payment:
- For permit, license and bond fees, view the DPIE Fee Schedule. Customers are encouraged to pay online.
- Customers who are using the Momentum system are encouraged to make payments directly in Momentum. (If your permit or citation includes letters, you are using Momentum and need to pay in Momentum.)
- If your permit or citation number does not have any letters, you are using ePermits and are encouraged to make payments directly in ePayments.
- For alternate forms of payment, visit DPIE's Payments page.