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Yes, you may build your own house. Visit DPIE's Permit page on our website for information to help you get started. The telephone number to the Permit Information Line is (301) 636-2050.
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You should contact Property Maintenance via PGC311 at 3-1-1 if you are inside the County. Dial 301-883-4748 if you are outside of the County. Once a violation notice is issued, the property owner has 10 days to clean the property before the County takes action to have the lot cleaned at the owner's expense.
If the grass is higher than 12 inches, this Code violation should be reported to PGC311 at 3-1-1 if you are inside the County. Dial 301-883-4748 if you are outside of the County.
Apartment repair requests should be directed to the owner or manager of the property. If repairs are not completed within a reasonable period of time, contact PGC311 at 3-1-1 if you are inside the County. Dial 301-883-4748 if you are outside of the County.
Operating an auto repair business from a residential property is illegal under the County's Zoning Ordinance. Once illegal repair activity has been verified, a violation notice will be issued to the responsible party ordering the activity to cease within 30 days or be subject to legal action and/or fines. To report such activity, contact PGC311 at 3-1-1 if you are inside the County. Dial 301-883-4748 if you are outside of the County.
Only one wrecked, dismantled, inoperable or unlicensed vehicle may be kept on private property, and it must be stored in a wholly enclosed garage. To report a violation of this nature contact PGC311 at 3-1-1 if you are inside the County. Dial 301-883-4748 if you are outside of the County.
A rental license is required to rent a single-family dwelling. Visit DPIE's Code Enforcement page on rental licenses for more information or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. Apply for a rental license on DPIE's Momentum online services.
All building permit applications are processed through the ePermits Online Portal. For questions, contact the Permit Information Line at (301) 636-2050.
Visit DPIE's Permit page on our website for information, including documentation to include with your permit application. The telephone number for the Permit Information Line is (301) 636-2050. Permit fees are determined upon approval.
You can schedule an inspection by calling the County’s Interactive Voice Response system (IVR) at 301-755-9000, between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
One of the first things to check is if the area way drain outside your basement door is clogged. If drainage and waterproofing measures are in place and you are still having a significant problem, contact the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement at 301-883-5832. Staff from our office will inspect your property to evaluate and determine the extent of the problem and if a drainage study is necessary.
Our Public Information Office staff can help you identify issues that may be of concern to your community or group, and schedule representatives from our Department to provide you with the pertinent information. Additionally, they are available to assist you with public events and meetings by arranging to have the Department display a booth or information table on your topic of interest. For more information, call the Director’s Office at 301-636-2000.
Use the ePermits Online Portal 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 proceed with your case.
Depending on the type of permit, you are required to have site plans and building plans to upload into the online system. For a U&O and cases that do not need building plans, you still are required to have site plans. For more information visit DPIE's website Permits page. Here, you will find descriptions and requirements for each type of permit.
Fees associated with each type of permit vary and can be found on DPIE's Fee Schedule located on our website's Permitting Bonds and Fees page.
For walk-through permits, the process can take up to an entire day depending upon the number of applications received and how busy the Permit staff is. Permits are processed electronically in the order they are received.
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.
Site/Road issues many permits including the following:
For more information, Site/Road Permits on DPIE's website.
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.