New Virtual Permit Café (VPC)
Beginning September 1, 2021, DPIE will launch the VIRTUAL PERMIT CAFÉ (VPC) for homeowner walk-through permits following COVID-19 safety protocols. The Virtual Permit Café is an online system that allows customers to have plans reviewed virtually. A list of the eligible permit types can be found HERE.
For more information on DPIE's Homeowner Walk-Through Permit Process, visit our Virtual Permit Café (VPC) page.
NOTICE: Waiver of Extension Fees Is Expiring August 31, 2020
Please note that the waiver of extension fees on expired permits and late fees on licenses that DPIE granted beginning in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 emergency is being phased out.
Beginning September 1, 2020, DPIE will require payment of extension fees per code(s) on any permits and late fees on licenses that will be expiring beginning that day.
For more information, call 301–636–2050 and select option 6 to speak to the Permits Office.
Change in Govolution Fees
Effective April 18, 2020, the Govolution servicing fees for ACH, credit and debit card payment processing were revised as follows:
- eCheck/ACH payments will incur a servicing fee of $1.50.
- Visa Consumer Debit Transactions will incur a flat rate service fee of $3.95.
- All other Credit & Debit card transactions will incur a service fee of 2.45% of the payment amount.
Please verify payment information before submitting. Visit ePayments to make online payments.
Building Permit Fee Multiplier Adjustment
Effective July 1, 2019, the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement will change the building permit fee multiplier used for new building construction and additions.
The new formula will be calculated by using the Building Valuation Data (BVD) issued by the International Code Council dated February 2019. The International Code Council updates the BVD table bi-annually; however, Prince George’s County will update the fee multiplier annually.
The BVD table provides the “average” construction costs per square foot, when calculating permit fees for new construction and additions within a jurisdiction. The 2015 International Building Code gives instructions concerning permit fee schedules in Section 109.2 and building permit valuations in Section 109.3. Permit applications submitted prior to the effective date will be calculated by the appropriate BVD.
For additional information or questions regarding this Notice, please contact Mr. Bellur Ravishankar, Associate Director, Building Plan Review Division at 301-636-2070.
DPIE’s Sue Hall Celebrates 45 Years of County Service
When Sue Hall began working for Prince George’s County, motorists listened to disco on 8 tracks and paid a quarter for a gallon of gas. Leisure suits were high fashion and the Vietnam War had just ended.
New Requirement for Use & Occupancy Permits
Applications submitted for Use and Occupancy Permits will be required to be submitted with the following documentation.
- Signed lease agreement between owner and tenant;
- Signed letter of authorization from owner on the owner’s letterhead indicating the tenant’s name; the name of the business and the type (use) of business that the owner is authorizing to use the space. The letter of authorization has to be signed and dated by the property owner with contact information. If the owner of the property is a business entity, i.e., LLC, the owner must include the entity’s name and be signed by the authorized member of the entity. The tenant's and the owner's business must be registered and In Good Standing with the State of Maryland.
Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) license holders are required to follow the procedure indicated below:
• Submit a letter on company letterhead from the MHIC licensed contractor indicating: MHIC license number; date of letter; MHIC licensed contractor’s name and signature; and list of person(s) authorized to obtain permits with their license.
• The identification of each contractor and their designee will be verified to ensure validity of license and authorization by the MHIC licensed contractor.
Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please call 301-636-2050.
Homeowner and Mega Projects Suite Change
Please note the Homeowners and Mega Projects Suite has had a phone number change. To reach the Homeowners and Mega Projects Suite, please dial 301-636-2050.
Application Requirement for New Commercial Building Construction Projects
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. For those customers returning to ePlan, you may click directly on the ePlan link.
Training for using the ePlan system is provided on the third Thursday of every month and may be scheduled through Robin McLean at RAMclean@co.pg.md.us. ePlan user guides are available at http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1578/Online-Permit-Services.
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
Building Permit applications must be completed online; 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.
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.
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:
- Certain Fences
- 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.
Data Prince George's
For those looking for permit records or permit types, you may search Data Prince George's, the County's Open Data Portal, which has a full listing of residential and commercial permits dating back to July 2013.
The Permits Application form is used to apply for a building, sign, or Use and Occupancy permit.
Access information about commercial building permits and the different permit types.
Information about the Permitting Process
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.
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.
DPIE Bonds & Fees (PDF)
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.
Find lists of residential permits and projects.
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.
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.
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.
Walk-Through Permit Process information for customers.