Skip to main content

All Current News and Events


  • 3 Percent Enterprise Fund Stabilization Increase
    • The Department of Permitting Services is required to calculate the Enterprise Fund Stabilization Factor each year to be applied on July 1 of the upcoming fiscal year to each fee set under Executive Regulations 11-17, 26-16, 20-07AM, 15-16 12-12, and County Council Resolution 18-317. The EFSF is the factor by which the fee calculation is adjusted, up or down, to cover DPS labor and operating costs and to manage the DPS reserve policy under the 2002 Principles of the Fiscal Management of the Permitting Services Fund. The Enterprise Fund Stabilization Factor proposed for Fiscal Year 19 is to be 1.03 which is an upward adjustment of 3 percent. The increase will take effect on July 1, 2018. Written comments, and questions may be directed to Barbara Suter, DPS 255 Rockville Pike, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD, 20850. Telephone 240-777-6244, or email Barbara.Suter@montgomerycountymd.gov.
  • 2018 Wall Bracing Information for New Homes
    • The IRC requires that walls in residential construction be designed to withstand wind loads. This information is often missing from application submissions resulting in avoidable delay in the ability to approve submitted plans. Please be certain to include this information with plans submittals. As of January 3, 2018, DPS will require that construction documents for new homes and townhouses applications include wind bracing information for wood-framed walls.
  • Model Home Program Updated
    • As of January 3, 2018, the updated model house program is in effect. This program enables a site-specific building permit application process valid for an unlimited number of permits in the current building code cycle.
  • Quick Chart for Zoning Fees
    • New chart reflects Council Regulation 18-542 reducing Automation Enhancement Fee to Zero. Council Resolution 18-317, the amendment to the Department of Permitting Services fees for services, was adopted on November 3, 2015.
  • Quick Chart for Building Permit Fees- Method 2
    • New chart reflects Council Regulation 18-542 reducing Automation Enhancement Fee to Zero. ER 9-15AMII regulation eliminates the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) surcharge, replaces multiple construction-type based fee rates with a per square foot construction rate, or flat fees and eliminates the Fire Code Building Permit Inspection Fees. This regulation includes Building Permit fees for electric vehicle charging stations and rooftop solar photovoltaic systems for single family dwellings as required by Bill 11-14 Buildings – Electrical Vehicle Charging Station Permits – Expedited Review and Bill 1-14 Buildings – Solar Permits – Expedited Review both of which were effective July 31, 2014. The fees for Benefit Performance Licenses and the fee for Storage of Vendor-Confiscated Goods have been moved to this regulation from Executive Regulation 15-13 Schedule of Fees for Permits, Licenses and Inspection – Method 3 (COMCOR No 19.67.02). This regulation supersedes Executive Regulation 14-13 in its entirety.
  • Montgomery County Adopts IgCC Building Code
    • Montgomery County has taken a major step forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet climate protection goals with Council's unanimous approval of Executive Regulation 21-15 AMII, which adopts the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) establishing green building code requirements. The IgCC code went into effect on December 27, 2017.
  • Preliminary Design Consultation
    • Ask for a free Preliminary Design Consultation for your construction project. Get information on permits required, the permitting process and permit fees.
  • Policy for New Impact Taxes Begins 7.1.2017
    • If you file an application for a building permit for a new single family dwelling and decide to change the type of house you will construct you will be required to file a new application for the building permit and you will be assessed impact tax taxes (both Transportation and School Impact Taxes) at the current rates. If you choose to defer payment of your impact taxes you will pay the rate that is in effect on the date that you pay; this could be a higher amount than is noted on your building permit.
  • Residential Solar Permits
    • Effective October 10, 2016, please note that DPS will change the requirements for submitting and reviewing applications for the residential rooftop solar panel installations and referback rooftop solar panel installations. In particular, please pay attention to the prescribed timeframes for submitting the application, corrections, and paying due fees. Failure to comply with these timeframes may result in voiding the permit and losing the filing fees.
  • FAQs for Stormwater Right of Entry Agreement
    • The Grant of Stormwater Management Right of Entry and Maintenance Agreement (Agreement) is a legal document giving the County the option to access to your property to inspect the condition of existing System(s). It also describes who is responsible for maintenance of the System(s). This document is signed by the property owner and applies to all present and future owners.
  • Stormwater Right of Entry Maintenance Agreement
    • On January 1, 2017 DPS will begin to require recordation of a - Grant of Stormwater Management Right of Entry and Maintenance Agreement - (Agreement) prior to issuance of a sediment control permit for construction on single family lots that require stormwater management on the lot. This is in an effort to bring these types of construction activities into compliance with State law and with Section 19-28 of the Montgomery County Code.
  • Right of Entry Letter for Stormwater Agreement
    • On January 1, 2017 DPS will begin to require recordation of a Grant of Stormwater Management Right of Entry and Maintenance Agreement (Agreement) prior to issuance of a sediment control permit for construction on single family lots that require stormwater management on the lot. This is in an effort to bring these types of construction activities into compliance with State law and with Section 19-28 of the Montgomery County Code.
  • Solar Permit Process
    • The webinar on the Solar Permitting process including tips for expediting the application process.
  • Commerical Building ePlans Checklist!
    • ePlans is now accepting commercial building plans. ePlans still requires the Commercial Building Checklist to be included with your application. Please make sure to include the checklist to ensure your plans through the DPS process faster.
  • ePlans Video
    • The Department of Permitting Services is rapidly expanding our award winning eServices including ePermits and ePlans. ePlans is a web-based application for electronic plan submission and review using ProjectDox software. Click link to view video.
  • Recipes for Success
    • Beginning on November 4, 2014,new and current restaurant owners can sign up for a Free Design Consultation and receive a Recipes for Success Welcome Packet online or a print version at one of the Regional Service Centers.