Site/Road Plan Review

NOTICE:  Mandatory Use of ePlan for Most Site/Road Cases

It is mandatory to process the following Site/Road Case Types through ePlan (electronic plan/permit submissions):

  • Site Development Concept
  • Site Development Rough Grading Permits
  • Site Development Fine Grading Permits
  • Street Construction Permits
  • Street Grade Establishment
  • Special Utility Permits (already mandatory since July 2013)
  • Floodplain Studies and Delineations

Exceptions to this requirement shall be considered by the district engineers on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the engineers for further information at 301–636–2060.

  • North District – Steve Snyder, P.E.
  • Central District – Mariwan Abdullah, P.E.
  • South District – Nanji Formukong

Improperly Installed Fences May Cause Drainage Problems and Flooding!

Every time it rains, many homeowners experience drainage issues on their properties. Some of these drainage complaints result from improperly installed fences. An improperly installed fence can block storm flows — runoff from storm precipitation — and cause water to pond in your yard or your neighbor’s yard. Blocked water can damage fences, draw mosquitoes and hasten lawn erosion.

Fences must be installed with storm flows in mind to ensure fences don’t block stormwater flows!

For more information, view the Drainage flyer.

Improperly Installed Fences May Cause Drainage Problems and Flooding!
Drainage and Flooding
Drainage problems can cause indoor flooding. pic of flooded basement

Drainage and Flooding in Prince George's County

DPIE recently collaborated with the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) on “Drainage and Flooding in Prince George’s County,” a comprehensive report that outlines issues, investigation methodologies, possible resolutions and more.

Access the report here.

Program Addresses Drainage Defects in Newer Homes

DPIE has enhanced its process to address drainage complaints from owners of homes that are five years old or less and whose fine grading permits are still open. The Drainage Defects Complaint Program, which was implemented in October 2020, created enhanced enforcement options to hold builders, developers and engineers associated with new home construction accountable for mistakes related to construction and grading that affect drainage from storm water.

Read more here. . .

NOTICE:  Pre-Construction Meetings Required Prior to Grading and Street Construction Permit Issuance

Effective August 1, 2020, DPIE will require that permit applicants submit evidence of a completed pre-construction meeting prior to issuance of site development rough grading, fine grading and street construction permits. DPIE is reinstituting this procedure due to numerous permit projects not complying with requirements to schedule a pre-construction meeting as the first step in site construction. Please note the following:

  • Pre-construction meetings shall be scheduled after issuance of Green Stamp Final Erosion/Sediment Control Plans and Approved Type II Tree Conservation Plans (or Tree Conservation Exemptions).
  • Permittee shall bring the Green Stamp Final Erosion/Sediment Control Plan and Approved Type II Tree Conservation Plan to the pre-construction meeting.
  • Pre-construction meetings can be scheduled by phone by calling the DPIE Chief Site Road Inspector listed below:
    • North District ................. Scottie Mauney ............... 240–508–9877
    • South District ................. Joe Brown ....................... 240–508–9865
    • Central District ............... Graham Baldwin ............. 240–508–9711
  • Permittee shall upload the pre-construction meeting report into the ePlan permit case, prior to permit issuance.


County Preparation of Floodplain Studies Has Been Suspended

Floodplain 2 wikipedia, shows land partially flooded by stream source

Prince George’s County will no longer prepare 100-year floodplain studies using Department of Environment (DoE) staff.  The County staff members who have prepared these studies are retiring. For this reason, the County will suspend this service. Preparation of these studies will resume after staff positions have been filled at some point in the future. Meanwhile, engineering firms will need to prepare the floodplain hydrology and hydraulic studies and delineations required for 100-year floodplain.

For questions, contact Salman Babar, Floodplain Engineer, DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division, at 301-636-2063or

NOTICE:  Water & Sewer Plan and Record Plat Process Changes

Administration of Prince George’s County’s water and sewer plan, water/sewer category changes and water/sewer approval of record plats is now processed by DPIE. All submittals of water/sewer category changes and record plats must be delivered to DPIE’s Permit Center at 9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 100, Largo, Maryland. The submittals will then be delivered to DPIE’s Site/Road Plan Review Division for processing by the same staff currently managing these requests. Shirley Branch and Anthony Newsome have been delegated to DPIE’s Site/Road Plan Review Division.

2018 Water and Sewer Plan Cover, adopted 2019

NOTICE: Adopted "2018 Water and Sewer Plan" Is Here!

The adopted "2018 Water and Sewer Plan" is available under Publications. For water and sewer plan questions, contact Shirley Branch, Water and Sewer Plan Coordinator, at

NOTICE:  Site/Road Plan Review Location Change within DPIE's Permit Center

Site/Road Plan Review staff on the permits counter are located on the "A" side of the Permit Center. Please visit:

  • A8 for the Site/Road Tech of the Day — for plan drop-off and pickup
  • A9 and A10 for the Site/Road Engineer of the Day — for screening and engineering review of walk-thru permits
  • A18 for Site/Road Permit Processing — for initial processing and issuance of site/road permits

The Site/Road Plan Review Division of the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) reviews and approves site and roadway plans for proposed site development and road improvement projects in Prince George’s County.

To process your Site/Road or Floodplain application online, please visit the Online Permits application.

Excavation Site

Permits are issued for work located within County rights-of-way and private property site developments. The County is divided into three Site/Road districts: North, Central and South. Please refer to the District Boundary Map by Engineer for district engineering locations.

The data that Prince George’s County Government has been gathering as part of the Pavement Assessment Management System (PAMS) is now available online. This website is the authoritative source for:
  • Determining whether a roadway is county maintained or not
  • Describing recently completed and proposed paving projects by the county, utility companies and the development community
Roadway Inventory

View brief instructions on accessing and using the site.

To find the status of a road, access the ArcGIS - PAMS Project Coordination Map - Roadway Inventory.

Site/Road Sections

*Co-located agencies at DPIE

  • Design/District Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Utility and Technical Support
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Environmental Planning Section*
  • Prince George's Soil Conservation District (SCD)*
  • State Highway Administration (SHA)*


​The DPIE Site/Road Review Division and co-located agencies provide the following services.
  • Collaborates with municipal, state, federal and other government agencies including the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), SHA and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).
  • Responds to questions and concerns regarding status and issuance of permits, plans, and other associated items related to site/road construction.

Plan Review

The DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division and co-located agencies provide plan review services for the following types of permits and submittals.

  • Traffic Impact Studies
  • Site Development Concept Plans
  • Floodplain Studies and Floodplain Impacts
  • Plans, Permits, Bonds and Rights-of-Way Plats and Easements for Site/Road Development involving Grading, Roads, Paving, Stormwater Management and Storm Drainage
  • Proposed Utility Work in Public Rights-of-Way
  • Tree Conservation Plans and Natural Resource Inventories*
  • Sediment and Erosion Control Plans*

Maintains Inventory

  • Floodplain Studies
  • New Roadways
  • Storm Drainage Systems
  • Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP)
100 Year Stormwater Management Control Map, Prince Georges County Maryland Watersheds Image, Map of

Agencies Involved in the Permitting Process

For Site/Road cases, the following agencies are involved in the permitting process. (For more information on the process, please go to “About the Process” on the DPIE website.)

  • DPIE approves permits for grading, county roadways, paving, storm drainage, stormwater management, and impacts to the county roads and rights-of-way (excludes state and federal roadways).
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning commission (M-NCPPC) approves zoning, users, subdivisions, site plans, tree conservation plans, and subdivision plats prior to issuance of building and site permits.
  • Prince George's Soil Conservation District (PGSCD) approves erosion and sediment control plans, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting operations.
  • Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) approves permits for all work in the state rights-of-way.
  • Utility Companies (PEPCO, Washington Gas, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Verizon, Comcast, SMECO, etc.) approve and install electric gas, phone, cable, street lights and other dry utilities through special utility permit services through DPIE.
  • Municipalities - within Prince George's County there are 27 municipalities. Permit requirements vary depending on the municipality.
  • Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) approves permits impacting wetlands, waterways and floodplains. MDE also permits certain landfills, large sewers, groundwater withdrawals, and certain other uses that result in environmental impacts.
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) approves permits for mining operations and roadside tree removals.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approves impacts to FEMA floodplain areas.

Site/Road Process & Case Types

DPIE processes site and road related approvals through the Site/Road Plan Review Division and the Permitting and Licensing Division. Approvals and permits are issued for site work located within County rights-of-way and on private property.

Types of Site/Road Approvals & Permits Issued by DPIE

Site/Road approvals and permits include the following case types:
  • Site Development Concept Plan (SWM)*
  • 100-Year Flood plain Study*
  • Street Grade Establishment Plan (SGE)*
  • Site Development Rough Grading Permit (SDRG)*
  • Site Development Fine Grading Permit (SDFG)*
  • Street Construction Permit (SCON)*
  • Residential Driveway Permit (DW)*
  • Haul Road or Timber Transport Permit (HAUL)*
  • Oversized Overweight Vehicle Permit (OSOW)*
  • Special Permit (SPEC)*
  • Special Drain Permit (SDRN)*
  • Special Utility Permit*
  • Maintenance Utility Permit*
  • CIP Drainage Plan/Permit
  • CIP Road-Bridge Plan/Permit

The case types indicated with an asterisk can be applied for by visiting the online portal.

After completion of the online application, plans and permits can be uploaded and processed through the County’s ePlan system.

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