DPIE No Longer Requires Paper Copies Delivered with Wet Seals/Signatures to DPIE; All Original Wet Fixed Approved Plans Are Still Required at the Construction Site at All Times
Effective May 1, 2022, DPIE will no longer require paper copies of final approved plans delivered to DPIE with wet seals/signatures. A (24" x 36") full size copy of the final set of approved plans, in color, must be at the construction site for inspection, at all times. The final approved set of drawings on the construction site shall always display a red DPIE approval stamp. Copies of the final approved set of plans can be downloaded by the applicant of record from the approved permit set folder in ePlan.
Pursuant to the Prince George’s County Code adopting the International Building and Residential Code, all original wet fixed approved plans shall be always kept at the construction site and made available upon request by Building Official. Failure to have the affixed wet seal approved plans on site, may result in the cancellation of an inspection, and assessed re-inspection fee.
DPIE Modifies Inspection Procedures Due to COVID-19 Surge
The Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) has modified some of its inspection processes to enhance the safety of both residents and staff in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases across the region and State. The changes include the expanded utilization of virtual inspections for indoor inspections and limiting in-person meetings. Administrators are also closely monitoring staff affected by COVID-19 to ensure coverage of necessary inspections and other functions.
“We are making these changes in an effort to reduce the chance of infection for both the public and DPIE staff,” said DPIE Director Melinda Bolling. Read more here. . .
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. Read more here. . .
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. Read more here. . .