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April 2021

DPS Educational Series

Fence Permitting

New Online Series Will Update Business Professionals and Homeowners on County’s Permitting Procedures; Next Session Addresses Fences 

 Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) has launched a new online educational series for business professionals and homeowners that will update the departments regulations and permit processes. The first of the series covers the topic of sediment control permits. The next session, on Thursday, April 15, will address installation or replacement of fences.    

Each session will provide a general overview of the permitting process and tips on ensuring plans are reviewed quickly. It is hoped that the series will reduce the number of reviews.  

“Our goal is to help customers maneuver through our permitting and plan review process and avoid some of the common mistakes that can increase plan review timeframes,” said Linda Kobylski, chief for the DPS Land Development Division. “We hope these sessions will also reduce any surprises in the field during construction. DPS is exploring opportunities for design professionals to earn CE credits for attending the educational webinars.” 

Spring has arrived and many property owners will consider improvement projects including installation or replacement of a fence. The next session in the DPS series will cover fence permitting. DPS experts will provide a guide through the requirements for construction of a new fence, repairs or replacement, zoning requirements and how to avoid issues related to encroachment of the public right of way. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions as well.   

The session on fencing will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on April 15. Registration is required.at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2799306440767781902. 

The session on sediment control permits can be viewed at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8180592324234152711 . 

For more information contact: Jessica Fusillo at Jessica.Fusillo@montgomerycountymd.gov

Reopening Businesses Safely

Open for Business

Guidelines for Reopening Safely

As Montgomery County begins to allow businesses to reopen, the NFPA says, ". . . building owners and facility managers will be getting ready to reintroduce
occupants to structures that may have been relatively vacant for an extended period. During this unique time, NFPA has encouraged the maintenance of all fire protection and life safety systems in commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings. However, it is possible that many of the ongoing inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) activities required by locally enforced codes and standards may not have been completed for a variety of reasons. Regardless of the level of ITM performed
during this time, it is imperative that building owners and facility managers verify the performance of all building fire protection and life safety systems prior to reoccupation."

The NFPA has created a Fire and Life Safety Checklist for Reopening a Building.

MCDOT Storm Drain Systems 

MCDOT Storm Drain Systems Application

Quick Reference to County Storm Drain Systems

A new GIS based map  is now available via the DPS web site that provides valuable information on Montgomery County maintained storm drains. While not all information is available, approximately 90% of the County’s storm drain systems, inlets, etc., can be found via an address or location search. Once entering an address or location, a user may simply click on the structure and a pop out box will display attributes for that structure.

In some instances, a link to the approved construction plans is also provided. The map was created by our colleagues at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation who continue to gather additional data and information for map updates.

DPS Moves to Online Payments 


DPS Accepts Only Online Payments

DPS now accepts only online payment for all their processes including bonds, permits and licenses.  Payments for bonds will be received through ACH (Automated Clearing House), permit and license can be paid online with credit card or electronic check.   

As of  April 15th, 2021, DPS will no longer accept payments at their offices in Wheaton.  

DPS Telework Survey


DPS Survey to Evaluate Teleworking

In a continuing effort to improve DPS Customer Support, DPS is still seeking responses to evaluate and improve services while employees are teleworking.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPS-Telework

Department of Permitting Services
2425 Reedie Drive, 7th Floor
Wheaton,  MD  20902
For more information, call 311 or 240-777-0311