DPIE is the result of an initiative to streamline county government operations in the areas of permitting, business licensing, inspections, and property code enforcement. The information contained on this page is intended to provide our residents with alerts and other announcements sourced directly from DPIE. Feel free to contact their office if specific guidance and information is needed about a situation you have observed. If there is an issue that is directly impacting you, your property, or poses a hazard to others, please be sure to register your complaint with 311.
DPIE is responsible for streamlining government operations in permitting, business licensing, inspection, property maintenance and code enforcement for residents and businesses in Prince George’s County.
Permitting and Licensing — Processes building and site plan permits
Building Plan Review — Reviews plans for residential and commercial projects
Enforcement — Investigates code violations at residential, commercial and industrial properties to maintain the safety and aesthetic value of our communities
Inspections — Regulates construction, development and grading through inspection and enforcement of codes
Site/Road Plan Review — Reviews and approves site and roadway plans for proposed development and road improvement projects
DoE’s core responsibilities include clean water services; flood prevention for buildings and structures; collecting waste and recycling; operating the County landfill; providing sustainability services to reduce greenhouse gas and emission; operating the animal services program including pet adoptions, operating the animal holding facility, issuing pet licenses, investigating cruelty complaints and conducting humane outreach and education events.
Animal Services — Cares for the health and welfare of the County’s animal population
Resource Recovery — Manages the reduction, recycling, collection and disposal of solid waste
Sustainability — Works to move the County toward a sustainable tomorrow
Stormwater Management — Protects and restores water quality and stream systems and mitigate for flooding of structures
DPW&T is responsible for nearly 2,000 miles of County-maintained roadways, including 900 bridges, as well as shoulders, sidewalks, curbs/gutters, stormwater management facilities, driveway aprons and nearly 3,000 acres of grassy area. The agency is also charged with snow and ice removal, upgrading traffic signals, installing street lights, clearing fallen trees, unclogging drainage inlets, maintaining stormwater management facilities and roadway and sidewalk repairs.
Office of Transportation — Operates the County public transportation system
Office of Engineering and Program Management — Implements the Capital Improvement Program, including roadway reconstruction, bridge replacement, pedestrian safety and intersection improvements
Office of Highway Maintenance — Provides highway infrastructure, litter control and stormwater management from maintenance shops in Brandywine, Forestville and Glenn Dale.
DPIE is one of the agencies at the forefront of keeping Prince George’s County beautiful by enforcing property maintenance standards at residential, commercial and industrial properties.
DPIE’s focus on property maintenance aligns with the Beautification Initiative established by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. The initiative brings together residents, the business community and visitors to decrease litter and increase individual responsibility in the anti-litter and County beautification efforts.
Property maintenance requirements were established to ensure that owners, managers and tenants keep residences, commercial and industrial buildings and grounds in good repair:
• Buildings must be in sound structural condition.
• Grounds must be well kept — grass must be cut, weeds pulled, trees and other vegetation trimmed.
• Properties must be kept free of trash and debris, including old vehicles, construction materials, discarded appliances, etc.
• Vehicles must be appropriately parked on paved surfaces.
• Parking lots at industrial and commercial properties must be well maintained and kept free of trash and debris.
“Keeping up communities by enforcing the County code is one of the most important things we do at DPIE,” said Enforcement Division Associate Director Val Cary. “The code provides a guide for residents and our business partners to keep neighborhoods clean and maintained.”
DPIE inspections of residential, commercial and industrial properties are conducted on an ongoing basis by inspectors working in assigned areas and as a result of complaints to 311. Failing to maintain property standards will result in a violation and possible fine. The County may abate violations and assess noncomplying property owners for the cost of repairs.
DPIE staffers also work to educate members of the public about County property maintenance standards by providing information on the agency’s website and speaking to homeowners and citizens' groups.
Report suspected code violations to 311, which will route the complaints to DPIE.
For additional information, visit the DPIE website. To schedule a DPIE staffer to address your group about property maintenance standards or other issues related to the agency, call 301-636-2053.
The Building Code of Prince George’s County has been updated to conform to the 2018 editions of the International Building Code, the International Mechanical Code, the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings in connection with County Subtitle 4. The changes become effective as of January 11, 2021. There will be a transition period of six months from the date of adoption for the requirements to become mandatory. All single family and town house plans-on-file (PDF) submitted on or after July 2021 will be required to comply with the new regulations.
For additional information, contact the Building Plan Review Division at 301-636-2070.