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Welcome to Permitting Services


DPS MISSION

The Department of Permitting Services' (DPS) primary mission is to promote the health, safety and welfare and economic well-being of residents, businesses and communities of Montgomery County with timely, professional, transparent and consistent review and processing of plans and permits and through inspections of structures, rights-of-way and development. DPS protects the public through application and enforcement of national, state and local codes for fire and life safety, electrical, mechanical, energy, accessibility, building and other public safety and zoning codes. DPS protects the environment through application and enforcement of national, state and local environmental protection codes protecting our natural resources. DPS protects residential and business communities and users of public rights-of-way through inspections of work within public rights-of-way and inspections to assure adherence to approved site plans and special exceptions. DPS strives to promote economic well-being and customer service through ongoing process improvements, timely response and service while ensuring that structures are safe for occupants and visitors, sustainable for future generations and that development is consistent with requirements to protect the environment.

PURPOSE

Simply put, anyone who wants to develop land or build something on it in the County has to obtain a permit from DPS to do so. In essence, DPS enforces standards that control what goes on before, during and after construction. Also, zoning matters, such as whether or not a business activity is being conducted in a residential area, whether or not someone has built something too close to a property line, or whether or not someone may sell flowers in a public street are regulated by DPS. DPS does not get involved in disputes between business owners and their customers, between tenants and landlords, or between homeowners and their neighborhood associations. Other County departments may be of assistance in matters like these.

DPS is a coordinating agency for approvals from other agencies (such as WSSC, MNCPPC, State Highway Administration) for permits that we issue.

 

DPS consists of the Office of the Director and five Divisions. The organization chart is located at HERE.

The Customer Service Section is responsible for ensuring that customer service and satisfaction is measured and successfully achieved through communication and outreach to the public. The division is responsible for the intake of complaints and processing information. This section is responsible for facilitating programs such as Design for Life, Recipes for Success, and Case Management.  DPS Customer Service Staff works with other DPS team members to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, an expedited, seamless permitting and inspection process.

The Commercial Building Construction Division is responsible for ensuring public safety through the effective enforcement of building construction codes and standards. This is accomplished through engineering plan review and construction inspection related to the administration and enforcement of building, structural, electrical, mechanical, fire-safety, energy conservation, and accessibility codes and standards. This Division processes Fire Protection Systems, Mechanical and Electrical permit applications, issues permits, and maintains related records. Commercial Building seeks correction of unpermitted building, electrical and mechanical code violations through a complaints program. The division is also responsible for conducting damage assessments during natural and other disasters and incidents and provides assistance in disaster recovery efforts.

The Fire Protection and Code Compliance Division is responsible for ensuring public safety through enforcement of the National Fire Codes and Standards, the Montgomery County Fire Code and Maryland State Fire Prevention Codes. This is accomplished through plans review, permit issuance and inspections of fire protection systems and fire alarm systems for new construction. The program is also responsible for preventive inspections for existing occupied facilities within Montgomery County. This program issues Fire Code Compliance permits and operational permits for all businesses, schools, multi-family buildings, healthcare facilities, places of worship and all other commercial buildings or occupancies. This division also responds to and investigates code violations through a complaints program.

The Residential Building and Intake Division responsible for ensuring public safety through the effective enforcement of residential building construction codes and standards. This is accomplished through engineering plan review and construction inspection related to the administration and enforcement of building, structural, electrical, mechanical, fire-safety, and energy conservation codes and standards. This Division processes building permit applications, issues permits, maintains related records, and seeks correction of building code violations through a complaints program. This division is also responsible for conducting damage assessments during natural and other disasters and incidents and provides assistance in disaster recovery efforts.

The Land Development Division is responsible for ensuring the protection of the County’s water resources and the safety of residents through its engineering and inspection functions related to storm water management, sediment control, floodplain management, well-and-septic systems approval, storm drain design, and work in the public right-of-way.

The Zoning and Site Plan Enforcement Division program ensures the public safety, welfare, health, morals, and comfort of the present and future inhabitants of Montgomery County, through the effective enforcement of zoning code standards and MNCPPC certified site plan requirements. This division reviews plans prior to permit issuance, conducts inspections, and investigates complaints in order to administrate and enforce the zoning standards established by Chapter 59 (the Zoning Ordinance) of the Montgomery County Code. Broadly, the Zoning Ordinance regulates size, shape, height, and mass of a building as well as the uses that are allowed on the property. In addition, the division is charged with the plan review, inspection and enforcement of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission site plan agreements.