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The data that Prince George’s County Government has been gathering as part of the Pavement Assessment Management System (PAMS) is now available on-line. This website is a source for determining whether a roadway is County-maintained or not.
If you are having a drainage problem in the County public road right-of-way, such as a clogged storm drain or ponding water in the road, contact 311. The call and complaint will be routed to DPW&T, and they will contact you directly.
If the roadway is maintained by a municipality, you should contact the municipality for assistance.
If the roadway is maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), you should contact SHA and submit a service request.
If the drainage problem is on your private property, contact 311. The call and complaint will be routed to the Department of the Environment (DOE).
If you are having a drainage problem with your NEW HOME, please submit a NEW HOME Drainage Complaint Form to DPIEDrainage@co.pg.md.us.
Yes, if work is proposed in the County public road right-of-way. Yes, if work on private property exceeds 5,000 square feet of land disturbance. A residential driveway permit is required for homeowners and a street construction permit is required for commercial properties.
The driveway apron is the portion of the driveway starting at the curb and ending at the County road right-of-way limit.
Driveways must be constructed at least 3.5 feet inside the residential property line, and not closer than 18 feet to driveways on other properties. Residential driveway widths are 10 foot minimum and 20 foot maximum. Residential driveways shall not be constructed in front of the house; instead the driveway must be offset to the side of the house, in accordance with County Code Subtitle 27. The slopes shall be constructed no flatter than 1.5% and no steeper than 12.5% in accordance with County Code Subtitle 27-560. See attached link to the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPW&T) driveway standards (STD 200.01-200.09): http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4789
Contact DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division at 301-636-2060 and ask to speak with the floodplain engineer. Submit the "Floodplain Information Request Form" and the required fee.
Yes, a grading permit is required if you are grading more than 5,000 square feet of land or moving more than 100 cubic yards of soil. If you are grading in the public road rights-of-way, a street construction permit is required even if less than 5,000 square feet.
You may apply for a Building or Grading Permit at the ePermits Online Portal.
It takes approximately 3 months. Expedited processing is available if permittee hires peer reviewers. Visit DPIE's website for more information regarding the Peer Review Program.
Depending on the size of the project, the response time to County comments and status of approvals from other agencies (M-NCPPC, PGSCD) is approximately 5 months. Expedited processing is available if permittee hires peer reviewers. Visit DPIE's website for more information regarding the Peer Review Program.
This table identifies key approvals needed.
There is a matrix posted on the DPIE website that identifies what types of permits you need from Prince George’s County and various municipalities for projects located in municipalities.
Municipalities are shown on PGATLAS. Once you are on the page, select "Map Layers" (the last icon on the right). View the list of choices, then click on the drop-down menu by "Administrative" Layer; next, move the slider down on the right to view and click on the "Municipal Boundary" layer.
Any person(s) planning to develop or grade a property, or perform work within the County public right-of-way (limits of the roadway area) or on-site (private property) needs a permit. A permit is needed to ensure that adequate and safe roads, grades, drainage, and stormwater management are constructed with the development of properties. See County Code Subtitle 32 for limited exemptions.
Site Development Rough Grading Permit – Enables rough grading in County public rights-of-way and on-site, including construction of storm drain and stormwater management ponds.
Site Development Fine Grading Permit – Enables fine grading in County public rights-of-way and on-site, and includes construction of public and private roads, paving, storm drains, stormwater management facilities, stream restorations, culverts, bridges, sidewalks, driveways, trails, recreation facilities and other development activities outside of the actual building structure. This permit is a prerequisite for a building permit.
Street Construction Permit – This type of permit enables roadway and drainage construction within the County public rights-of-way, including paving, sidewalks, driveways, streetscape, street lights, street trees, traffic signals and bridges.
Residential Driveway Permit – Enables construction of residential driveway entrances for access to and from the County public rights-of-way.
Haul Road Permit (hauling to or from a site) – Enables a commercial/industrial hauling operation to travel across County roads to and from filling and mining facilities. This type of permit enables logging contractors to haul commercial/industrial loads across County roads.
Oversize Overweight Vehicle Permit – Enables oversized and overweight vehicles to travel over specifically identified County roads and bridges.
Special Permit – Enables miscellaneous minor work to be done on-site and within County public rights-of-way.
Special Drain Permit – Enables minor on-site and public rights-of-way drainage.
Special Utility Permit – Enables utility installation/repair within the County public road right-of-way.
Application for the above types of permits may be made at the ePermits Online Portal.
Yes, you need a permit and permission from the County. However, you first need to call CountyClick 311. If the tree is in the County road right-of-way, you also need a Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) roadside tree permit. No tree in the public right-of-way can be removed without DPW&T approval, since the trees in the public right-of-way are maintained by DPW&T. Once CountyClick 311 receives your request, a person from DPW&T’s Office of Highway Maintenance will contact you. The County public right-of-way trees are governed by The Maryland Roadside Tree Law, administered by the DNR – Forest Service. It is unlawful for private property owners to cut down public County trees within the right-of-way, unless the person removing a tree has obtained a Roadside Tree Removal Permit from DNR – Forest Service. If the tree is in the public road right-of-way in a municipality or a state highway, you need to contact the municipality or the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) to determine their requirements regarding tree removal.
If the tree is on your property, it depends on how many trees you are removing. Generally, removing one tree does not require a permit. However, contact the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Environmental Planning Section, at 301-952-3650 for guidance regarding tree removal and tree conservation approvals. For detailed guidance on this topic, please go to the following M-NCPPC website for more information. If you live in a municipality, you also need to contact the municipality to determine the municipality’s requirements regarding tree removal.
If you are clearing more than 5,000 square feet of trees, you need a grading permit. Contact DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division at 301-636-2060 for the District Engineer for a specific area regarding the process for a grading permit.
The Critical Area includes all land within 1,000 feet of Maryland’s tidal waters and tidal wetlands. It also includes the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Coastal Bays, their tidal tributaries and the lands underneath these tidal areas. In Prince George’s County this includes areas along the Patuxent, the Potomac and the Anacostia Rivers. See PGATLAS.com for location of Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas.
The easiest way to determine if your property is in the Critical Area is to view the M-NCPPC PGAtlas website. Once on the site, go to Advance Mapping, select the binocular icon and enter your street address. Once your address information displays, select the magnifying glass to zoom in on the map to your property. Once your property displays, go to the icons on the right side and select the map layer icon. Once the layer list displays, select the drop down button next to zoning. Under the zoning layer, check off the box for Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Overlay (2015). If you do not have access to the internet, you can review detailed maps at the Planning Information Services counter in the Lower Level of the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Before removing the tree, please contact the DPIE Inspections Division at 301-755-9000 to schedule an inspection. Once the inspector determines that the tree can be removed, they will write a report giving you permission. The inspector will also instruct you to plant a new tree to replace the dead tree. If this is an emergency situation, the tree can be removed prior to the inspector investigation. Please take a picture of the tree before removing.
A Critical Area Staff Level Review of your project can be done if it meets the following conditions: disturbance of 500 square feet or less will occur; there is no existing Conservation Plan for the lot; the project will not be located in the Critical Area Buffer; and the site is in conformance with the requirements of the Critical Area Overlay Zone. If your site does not meet these requirements, contact M-NCPPC Environmental Planning Section at 301-952-3650 for further guidance. If your site meets these requirements, contact DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division, Critical Area Planner, at 301-636-2060.
The Critical Area Conservation Plan is reviewed and approved by M-NCPPC Planning Board or by the Planning Director. The Development Review Division at 301-952-3530 can provide more information.
A Critical Area Bond is required to cover the required plantings. A cost estimate from a landscaping company is generally used to determine the amount of the bond. Once a copy of the cost estimate is received from the applicant, the bond amount is entered into the permit system under the related building or grading permit. The bond must be posted prior to the permit being issued.
The Critical Area Conservation and Planting Agreement must be recorded prior to the Conservation Plan being signed. Typically, applicants fill out the template for the Agreement and submit it to the DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division to confirm the information provided is correct. Upon confirmation, the document is signed by the County and returned to the applicant/owner to be recorded at the County Land Records Office in Upper Marlboro.
Call 301-755-9000 to schedule an inspection. To reach the Inspections Division, call 301-636-2080.