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Residential Special Inspections Program

What is the certification program?

The program allows DPS approved architects, engineers or inspection services companies to perform footing, waterproofing/foundation drainage and concrete floors on ground inspections on residential* sites.

How does one become authorized to perform inspections in Montgomery County?

Applicant submits an application indicating experience in structural design and inspections of construction work related to these three inspections. A copy of current Maryland engineer or architect license is required.

What is the process?

After the approval of the application, the applicant is issued an inspector number along with inspection procedures.

What will it cost?

There is no cost.

What are my responsibilities after the authorization is granted?

Authorized inspectors ensure that footings, waterproofing/foundation drainage and concrete floors on ground conform to Montgomery County Code requirements. After conducting on-site inspections, he/she completes Residential Special Inspection Report/Certification and provides original to permittee or property owner for submission to DPS.


*Applies to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above grade plane in height with separate means of egress and their accessory buildings or structures

Application Package
Application for Authorized Individuals Application for Authorized Individuals Residential Special Inspections
Residential Special Inspections Program Residential Special Inspections Program
Fees and Taxes
Credit Card Authorization Form Credit Card Authorization Form
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Final Inspections for Expired Residential Permits BCP11-10
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
Changes to the Residential Special Inspections Program Changes to the Residential Special Inspections Program
Title Link of the document
Inspection Requirements
Requirements of Building Permit Notice Building Permit Notice
Notice of Required Residential Building Inspections Notice of Required Residential Building Inspections
Residential Inspections Timing Checklist Residential Inspection Timing Checklist
Third Party Inspection Certifications Residential Special Inspection Report Certification
Certification for Refrigerant, Hydronic and Fuel Oil Piping Mechanical Inspection Certification
Certification for LP Gas Installations Mechanical Inspection Certification for LP Gas Systems
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Demolition"
Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections
DPS Data Search DPS Online Data Search
Title Link of the document
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 Protection Association (NFPA)
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  Washington Gas Light Co.