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August 2020

DPS Offices Moving to Wheaton this Fall!

New DPS Building in Wheaton

In the Fall of 2020, downtown Wheaton will become the new home Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services.  DPS will be one of several county agencies housed in the  newly constructed 14-story building owned  by the The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  DPS will occupy floors 6-8 of the building located on Reedie Drive near the Wheaton Metro Station. The building and surrounding site replaces the county-owned Wheaton Market Place parking lot with a LEED Platinum-rated, mixed-use building, a town square and a 400-space public parking garage.

DPS and MNPPC will be joined by other County agencies:

  • Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP) 
  • Mid-County Regional Services Center – Wheaton Urban District 
  • Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) 
  • Montgomery County Health and Human Services (HHS) 
  • Montgomery County Department of Recreation (REC)

DPS offices will continue to follow the County’s Policy on re-opening and DPS Offices remain closed to the public.


DPS COO Hadi Mansouri to Retire on September 1

Hadi Mansouri

This fall DPS Offices will be moving but without their longtime senior leader, and steward of DPS during the early phases of the COVID-19 emergency, Hadi Mansouri.  He will be retiring on September 1, 2020.

Mr. Mansouri started with DPS in 1989 and has served the department in many different leadership roles.  His extensive knowledge and experience have launched DPS in many new directions.  His professionalism and positive attitude impacted everyone that came into contact with him.

Mr. Mansouri recently shared a few of his reflections with DPS Staff, “ Every morning as I got off the elevators at 255 Rockville Pike, I would have the pleasure of your friendship, company, subject matter expertise and professionalism…you constantly delivered to the public the true meaning and importance of putting customers first. 

In countless conference room meetings, we have overcome challenges and obstacles treating each customer equally without regard to whether we were servicing a large-scale development commercial project like the Clarksburg Outlets or a homeowner.” 

It was this commitment to our customers and staff that has made Hadi Mansouri such an invaluable part of the DPS Team.  We wish him all the best from all of us at DPS! 


Department of Permitting Services Committed to a Safe Community; Will Enforce COVID-19 Safe Practices While Inspecting Construction Sites

Virtual Inspections with masks

Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS), while conducting its regular inspections at construction sites, also will now be enforcing COVID-19-related safe-distancing and wearing of face coverings guidelines. 

DPS Code Enforcement inspectors normally ensure compliance with the County’s development and construction standards. The additional duties are based on the County Council’s adoption on June 16 of County Executive Marc Elrich’s Executive Order 082-20 regarding COVID-19 safety guidelines. 

DPS has developed an enforcement process regarding COVID-19 safety precautions. The first step is to talk with the construction permit holder and any individuals in charge of the project on the safety requirements and how remediation efforts can be implemented at the work site. Continued violation of the regulations may result in the issuance of a Notice of Violation and/or a citation.

DPS inspectors will issue a stop work order for the location if the site continues to not to enforce the best practices as directed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, County Executive Elrich and the Montgomery County Council. 


DPS Office Services Continue Online, Cash Payments Discontinued September 1

Although DPS Offices remain closed, DPS is pleased to announce our expanded service that allows online payments, via a secure portal, without the inconvenience of writing a check or dropping off a payment.

As of September 1, 2020, DPS will no longer accept cash payments. Through the DPS online portal, payments will be accepted from American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and electronic check.

The next time a payment is due, visit Online Services on the DPS home page and select “Apply and ePay”. If you do not have an online account, you will first need to create one. Once logged in, select “Make a Payment”. You will then be prompted to provide the type of application and permit number. Simply follow the prompts to complete your payment via credit card or eCheck. Afterwards you will receive an automatic email receipt for your records.

Please contact our Central Services Unit at DPS.Finance@montgomerycountymd.gov and let us know if you have any questions.


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