DPIE News and Information


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.

Melinda M. Bolling


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Prince George's County, in an effort to promote data transparency, provides Data Prince George's, a website of information available to the public that includes data on: communities, County Government, finance, public safety, urban planning, education, health and the environment.

For those seeking information on residential and commercial permits, housing inspection violations and County foreclosures, you may click on the "Urban Planning" link and view this information for free.

Property Maintenance is Key in County Beautification Effort

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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.

Changes Coming to the Building Code

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Artist rendering of University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center.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.