DPS Constructive Comments


Montgomery County's Department of Permitting Services  

September 2019

      DPS Inspectors Help Keep Decks Standing

Deck Team

Pictured above beginning left -James Sackett, Devon Harris, Jeremy Shupp, Miguel Moreno, and Robert Moore. Not pictured are Adam Bigenho and David Burch.

Keeping buildings safe is the mission for the Department of Permitting Services.  Each year DPS offers free deck inspections during Building Safety Month in May.  Responding to concerns from residents, this year, DPS Deck Inspectors extended inspections throughout the summer and reached over 400 residents.  

DPS will be offering free deck inspections again in May 2020.  A deck maintenance checklist is available on the DPS website.

TIP: It's important to be sure that all contractors are licensed, and new decks are permitted to ensure their safety.

Coming soon - Look for updates on ways to ensure that older decks are safe!

DPS Looks to "Turn the Curve" for Customers

Turn the Curve

DPS is the first county agency with a signed agreement for the County Executive's new initiative "Turn the Curve" and create a better government.

In the agreement DPS will be increasing their efforts to provide excellent customer to all DPS customers.

Look for changes and let us know how we are doing!

Keep Electrical Permits from Being Short Circuited

Short Curcuit

Recently, many Commercial Final Electrical and Building Inspections have been delayed.  Don't let your electrical permit get short circuited in the process.  Here are several common mistakes to avoid having a Stop Work Order placed on your project.

The most common reason for a Stop Work Order is due to “Open Placeholder Permits” at the permit site.

 How does that happen? 

When a commercial building permit plans contain electrical drawings – an electrical plan review is conducted. Once DPS Plan Reviewers complete their assessment, an “Open Placeholder Permit” is generated with a total fee for the permit in our system.

What does that mean?

When applying for the Electrical Permit at the site, you MUST enter the parent Building Permit number at the start of the application process. You will then receive a waiting place holder permit and be required to input your Electrical Business & Master Electrician license numbers to complete the application.

ePay now available for all DPS Permits


Department of Permitting Services
255 Rockville Pike, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD  20850
For more information, call 311 or 240-777-0311