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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Application Requirement Change for New Commercial Building Construction Projects

Effective Monday, July 10, 2017, plans for ALL NEW commercial building construction projects are required to be submitted through the County’s electronic plan review system (ePlan).

Visit Online Permit Services on DPIE’s website to: access the online portal, submit building permit application(s) directly into the County’s Permitting System, and select the ePlan option on the application so plans can be electronically submitted for review.

Training for using the ePlan system is provided on the third Thursday of every month and may be scheduled through Robin McLean at ePlan user guides are available at

If you have any questions, please contact the Permitting and Licensing Division at 301-636-2050, or send an e-mail.

Building Permit Applications Completed Online

As of July 1, 2016, Building Permit applications must be completed online. Please go to; enter the information directly into the County’s Permitting System; and print three (3) copies of the computer-generated application prior to visiting the Permits Center. (Printers are NOT available onsite for customers.)

Revisions and applications for blocks of Building Permits that include more than four (4) case numbers will continue to be accepted for processing using the appropriate forms (i.e., Application for Building Plan Examination and Permit, Transmittal, Sign Permit Application and/or Volume Form).

If you have questions about the process, please call 301-636-2050.
Permit Types
The Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) issues the following types of permits: residential building, commercial building, building trade, use and occupancy, temporary use and occupancy, raze, signs and site/road permits.

Permit Requirements

Depending on the type of permit, you are required to have 3 site plans and 3 sets of building plans. For Use and Occupancy and cases that do not need building plans, you still are required to have 3 site plans.

Permits are required for all construction projects, as well as for installation or construction of:
  • Antennae
  • Billboards
  • Carports
  • Certain Fences
  • Chairlifts
  • Chimneys
  • Escalators
  • Installation or renovation of certain electrical devices and wiring
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wood Burning Stoves
Structural and site plans must be submitted with a permit application in order to move the permit process forward.


Fees associated with each type of permit vary and can be found on the Bonds and Fees page.
  1. Applications

    The Permits Application form is used to apply for a building, sign, or Use and Occupancy permit.

  2. Commercial Building

    Access information about commercial building permits and the different permit types.

  3. Information about the Process

    Information about the Permitting Process

  4. Online Permit Services

    These helpful online tools will be invaluable in making the permit and inspections process faster. See what is available in the comfort of your home or office.

  5. Permit Center

    The Permits Section operates and manages the County Permits Center, which entails providing residential and commercial customers with the information needed to submit permit applications and plans.

  6. Permitting Bonds & Fees (PDF)

  7. Raze Permits

    To raze a building in Prince George's County, a letter from each applicable utility company (gas, electric, water/sewer - even if there were no utilities to the building) stating that the utility has been disconnected, must be submitted to the Department.

  8. Residential Building

    Find lists of residential permits and projects.

  9. Sign Permit

    Prince George's County's Sign Ordinance regulates the placement of signs on private properties in Prince George’s County, with the exception of the City of Laurel.

  10. Use & Occupancy

    A Certificate of Occupancy or Use of Occupancy Permit is issued by the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement to officially state that the business identified meets local zoning and safety requirements and may legally operate.

  11. Walk-Thru Permit Process

    For Walk-through Permits, the process can take up to an entire day depending upon how crowded the Permit Center is. For submittal cases, the usual review time is 1 to 2 weeks.

  12. MPIA Processing at DPIE

    Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) processing at DPIE allows customers the opportunity to research or view the application status for permits processed and issued by DPIE.