Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I apply for a construction permit?
    Please Note: The DPIE Building is currently closed to the public. DPIE is serving customers through teleworking, electronic and virtual processes. During this time, please use the ePermits Online Portal. (Operational intake hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) For more information, contact the Permit Information Line at 301-636-2050. 
  • How do I obtain the necessary information to prepare my permit application?
    Prior to your visit, it is a good idea to call the Permit Office ahead of time to explain your plans and ask about additional documentation to include with your permit application. The telephone number for the Permit Information Line is 301-883-5776. Permit fees are determined upon approval. 
  • I just bought a lot and want to build my own house. Can I do this?
    Yes, you may build your own house. The Permit Processing Unit will provide you with all the information you need to prepare for your project. Before being issued a building permit, you will be required to meet with staff to discuss your construction needs, and provided a Building and Grading Permits Guide and supplementary permit brochures. These publications will assist you in pulling together everything you need to proceed with your construction application. The telephone number to the Permit Information Line is 301-883-5776. 
  • What is the easiest way for me to schedule an inspection of my work?
    You can schedule an inspection by calling the Automated Inspection Request and Information System (AIRIS) Line at 301-755-9000, between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • How do I apply for a permit online?
    Use ePermits and enter all requested information into the system. Once all the information is entered, including the case name/type and all other applicable information is filled out, the case will be sent to processing. Once processed, you will receive an email from a supervisor in the Permit Center stating that you are ready to come in and proceed with your case. Access the ePermits Online Portal.
  • What is needed to apply for each type of permit?
    Depending on the type of permit, you are required to have 3 site plans and 3 sets of building plans. For a U&O and cases that do not need building plans, you still are required to have 3 site plans.
  • What fees are associated with my permit?
    Fees associated with each type of permit vary and can be found online under the bonds and fees page.
  • How long can I expect the process to take?
    For walk-through permits, the process can take up to an entire day depending upon how crowded the Permit Center is.
  • Who needs a Site/Road permit and why?
    Any person(s) planning to develop a property or perform work within the public right-of-way (limits of the roadway area) or on-site (private property) that may have an impact on the public right-of-way. A permit is needed to ensure that adequate and safe roads are constructed and/or maintained in connection with the development of properties.
  • What types of Site/Road permits does DPIE issue?
    Learn about the Site/Road Review Section on their section page.
  • What can I do when I see a problem in the roadway in a residential subdivision or commercial development that is under construction (i.e., safety issues, drainage problems, potholes, etc.)?
     If problems occur on existing roadways or on subdivision roadways under construction, DPIE has the responsibility to maintain the existing roadways and also has the authority to require a developer to remedy the problem in subdivision roadways that are under construction. Please call our dispatcher at 301-324-2710 with a good description of the location.