The Inspections Division provides regulation of construction, development and grading activity in the County, with the exception of the City of Laurel, through inspection and enforcement. Codes enforced include building, electrical, fire, mechanical, energy, accessibility, grading, stormwater management, site and road and other applicable State and County codes for construction projects in the County.
It should be noted that commercial projects, with the exception of those involving work of a minor nature (<$200,000), are required to be certified by third party inspection agents under the Third Party Inspection Program (TPIP). The Divisions’ Commercial Construction/Life Safety Section oversees the TPIP. When contacting us, please have the case number or the building address available.
DPIE Now Offers Virtual (Remote) Inspections of Limited Projects
Virtual Inspection Procedures
DPIE is offering limited virtual inspections as an alternative to on-site inspections. Virtual inspections allow County inspectors to perform on-demand inspections from remote locations, utilizing technology instead of direct interaction with the public. Virtual inspections are conducted between a customer and a County inspector by using a video call on a smart phone or tablet. Project scope is limited to residential work at this time.
Changes to DPIE Inspections Division Inspection Processes
The DPIE Inspections Division has suspended inspections of occupied existing residential/commercial interior renovations, alterations, and any additions associated with the projects, but continues to perform the following:
- New construction inspections for residential/commercial/industrial properties
- Existing residential exterior inspections without the need for entry, i.e. decks, driveways, foundations, backfill, etc.
- Inspections of unoccupied and entirely vacant existing interior residential/ commercial projects under the following conditions:
- Properties must be entirely vacant during the inspection.
- Windows and doors must be open to provide ventilation.
- Only one person may accompany an inspector into a property and social distancing will be practiced.
- The person accompanying the inspector must wear a mask and gloves.
- The property must remain totally vacant until the completion of the inspection(s).
- The inspection complexity will be determined by the inspector.
DPIE will reevaluate this process in upcoming weeks.
During this time, the contractor/owner/applicant may utilize APPROVED third-party inspections and provide certifications to complete all required inspections including U&O’s. All building final inspections require a WSSC sign off before they will be authorized.
APPROVED Third-Party Inspectors Lists:
- Fire Protection Systems
- Residential Engineering Consultants
- Residential Mechanical/HVAC — Must be inspected by a Maryland-certified trade contractor
- Commercial Mechanical — Must be inspected by a Mechanical Registered Professional Engineer
Also view the Temporary Third-Party Inspection Procedures (PDF).
Any deviation from the list above must be preapproved by the Inspections Division. Please contact Code Enforcement Officer Joseph Busby at JMBusby@co.pg.md.us for any questions or concerns.
The inspection certifications must be e-mailed to the County inspector to upload into ePermits, and the originals mailed to:
Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement
9200 Basil Court, Suite 307
Largo, MD 20774
DPIE’s Inspections Division will continue the following inspections:
- All new construction for residential/commercial/industrial property
- All existing residential exterior inspections without the need for entry, i.e. decks, driveways, foundations, backfill, etc.
We will reevaluate this process in the coming weeks.
Within the County there are 27 municipalities, and permitting and inspection responsibilities within them are defined in the following charts.
- Municipal Inspections and Enforcement (PDF)
- DPIE Plan Review and Inspections Permit Responsibilities in Municipalities (PDF)
To determine if your project is within one of these municipalities, please visit the Atlas website; click on "Map Layers" (the second icon on the right).
View the list of choices, then click on the drop-down menu by "Administrative" Layer and click on the "Municipal Boundary" layer.