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May 2021

DPS Celebrates Building Safety Month 

Building Safety Month

The celebration of the 41st Annual “Building Safety Month” by Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) will feature a series of activities including free inspections of residential decks. The theme of this year’s worldwide safety campaign is “Prevent, Prepare, Protect.  Building Codes Save.” Many of the events in this year’s celebration will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

DPS shares the worldwide emphasis that raising awareness of building codes helps ensure safety.

As some restrictions of the health crisis are easing and more residents are being vaccinated, Montgomery County is cautiously reopening. It is anticipated that future improving conditions will lead to social gatherings—including those on residential decks.

As part of Building Safety Month, DPS is offering free inspections of residential decks to help prevent any future deck collapses. Residents can call 311 (or 240-777-0311) to find out more information about the deck inspection program and to schedule an appointment. 

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Discover Your Career Path at DPS

Career Pathways

Building Safety Month Activities

DPS is hosting a series of sessions to talk about the wide variety of career paths open to a variety of professionals.

DPS Careers in Land Development

May 20 at 1 pm

Registration Zoom link:


Description: Find out what types of career pathways are available at the Department of Permitting Services. Inspectors, Plan Reviewers and Permit Technicians. This session will be hosted by the Land Development Division. Plan Reviewers ensure public rights of way are constructed to County Codes and Standards and that sediment control/storm water management practices are installed properly to protect our natural resources.

DPS Careers with Customer Support and Outreach

May 26 at 2 pm

Registration Zoom link:


Description: DPS Career Pathways Session focuses on careers in the new Customer Support and Outreach Division.  If you have customer relations skills this is a great way to learn more about the permitting process as a permit technician.  Help businesses and residents apply for permits to build the projects of their dreams.

DPS Careers with Zoning, Code Compliance and Well & Septic

June 3 at 10 am

Registration Zoom link:


Description: DPS Career Pathways Session focuses on Zoning, Code Compliance and Well & Septic. Learn more about careers as Inspectors and Plan Reviews for Zoning.

DPS Educational Series: ADUs


The DPS Educational Series continues with a focus on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).  Find out what is considered an ADU and when licenses are required from the Department of Housing and Community Affairs.  Staff from both agencies will be available for questions after the presentation.  

For Guidelines for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) check the DPS website.

Please register for DPS Educational Series: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on May 27, 2021 10:00 AM EDT at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

License & Permits Extensions end June 30, 2021

Time running out for license extensions

The Governor has ordered that the extensions for certain professional licenses, permits, registrations authorized by the State of Maryland, any agency of the Sate of Maryland , or any political subdivision of the State of Maryland will expire on June 30, 2021

Please renew any licenses or permits that have been extended due the Governor's order before June 30 to ensure proper processing.

Please check with the Maryland State website for more information or contact MC 311 or 240-777-0311.

New Impact Taxes Effective July 1, 2021

Impact Taxes FY22

Council has approved impact taxes that go into effect on July, 1, 2021.  Check the DPS website for more information.

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