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DPS/Building Construction - Commercial Fast Track

What is the Commercial Fast Track permit process?

The Commercial Fast Track process is a "walk-thru" or while-you-wait review service for projects of limited scope involving interior alterations of existing business or mercantile tenants.  This is a same-day service that is offered at no additional cost.  To determine if your project qualifies for the Commercial Fast Track process, please review the Commercial Fast Track Hints and Tips.

What types of projects qualify for the Commercial Fast Track process?

Qualifying projects are interior alterations that:

  • Do not involve any change in use,
  • Do not increase the building's gross floor area,
  • Do not involve any site changes, including changes to required parking,
  • Do not have a pending zoning special exception�,
  • Do not change the IBC Occupancy Classification,
  • Do not have a mixed-use group; and
  • Do not alter multiple floors.

Note: If the commercial Fast Track plans have a complex design and/or structural modifications, it will require a more extensive review. Therefore, the project will not be reviewed through the Fast Track process and will be reviewed through the regular commercial plan review process.

What is the permitting process?

The applicant must submit the following documents and information:

  • A completed commercial building application
  • Two completed sets of construction drawings (engineer/architect signed/sealed with certification and title block on each page)
  • A code analysis, with scaled and dimensioned floor plans, elevations, sections and details, as appropriate; room/door/window schedules, and partition schedules with fire ratings and test numbers, as appropriate
  • The project's scope of work
  • Floorplan(s) showing the space being altered and all means of egress to the identified floor exits
  • All new and existing work (note: clouds are not an acceptable method to indicate new work)
  • Two completed sets of electrical drawings to include riser diagram, panel/light schedules and power/light plans. Indicate all new and existing work.
  • Two sets of structural drawings to include structural floor plans, sections and details, as appropriate; general structural specifications and loading criteria; and computations as appropriate. Indicate all new and existing work.
  • Two sets of mechanical drawings to show the location of all existing supply and return registers (if the system and ductwork are existing), indicate as such; and completed duct layout with all main branch sizes, register sizes and CFM at each register (if ductwork is new). In addition, provide the equipment schedule for all new equipment.
  • All drawings must not exceed 36"� x 48"�.

Inspections Information:

Inspection requirements are attached to the approved set of plans. Inspection requests received before 12:00 noon are scheduled for the next business day (Monday - Friday). Inspection requests received after 12:00 noon are scheduled within two business days (Monday - Friday).

Application Package
Application Commercial Building Application
Use and Occupancy Application Use and Occupancy Application
Fees and Taxes
Fees Executive Regulations
Automation Fee Automation Enhancement Fee
Credit Card Authorization Form Credit Card Authorization Form
Bonds No Bonds Needed Unless Demolition, Sediment Control or Construction in or of Right of Way is Occuring.
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Montgomery County Code Montgomery County Code
  Commercial Energy Code
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
Minimum Data for Submittal of Commercial Plans Minimum Data for Submittal of Commercial Plans
Hints and Tips Specific for FAST TRACK Hints and Tips for Commercial Fast Track Permits
Commercial Canopies Checklist Commercial Canopies and Awnings Checklist
Commercial Dumpster Checklist Commercial Dumpster Enclosures Checklist
Retaining Walls Checklist Commercial Retaining Walls Checklist
Commercial Kiosk Guidelines for Commercial Kiosk
Modular Furniture Guidelines for Modular Furniture Submittal 
Commercial Trailer Commercial Trailer or Modular Unit Checklist
Inspection Requirements
  Commercial Inspections
  Commercial Electrical Inspections
  Commercial Mechanical Inspections
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Commercial Building"
Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections
Online Data Search Search DPS
Call for More Information
In Montgomery County 311
Outside of Montgomery County 240-777-0311
Other Agencies to Contact
Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact Allegheny Power
  American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)
  Board of Appeals
  Historical Society
  International Code Council (ICC)
  Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
  Maryland Department of the Environment
  Maryland Division of State Documents
  Masonry Institute of America (MIA)
  Miss Utility
  National Glass Association (NGA)
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA)
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  Washington Gas Light Co.