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January 2020

County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks Visits DPIE

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks visits DPIE
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks Congratulates DPIE Director Melinda Bolling

County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks visited DPIE on January 3. Addressing a room overflowing with staff, she highlighted accomplishments of her administration’s first year and outlined initiatives for 2020. The County Executive also discussed the positive impact of DPIE’s work, including efforts to upgrade blighted properties. The property cleanups support her County Beautification Initiative. She praised agency Director Melinda Bolling for the bold programs she has implemented. County Executive Alsobrooks also fielded questions from employees about work-related topics and after the forum, chatted with staffers about their individual concerns. #PrinceGeorgesProud

"Clean It and Lien It!" Takes Owners of Trashy Tracts to Task

Before and After Clean It photo 1Clean It Lien It house 2

It's frustrating to neighbors and an eyesore to all of us — the trash and debris littering far too many Prince George's County lots, negatively impacting the aesthetic and property values of neighborhoods. Despite repeated demands, the owners of these properties fail to abate the problems, thumbing their nose at DPIE violation notices and court mandates to clean up the trash.

DPIE has a program to address those scofflaws and their trashy yards: Clean It and Lien it! The program is aligned with the County Beautification Initiative.

Under the program, owners of junky properties have their lots cleaned. Then, a lien is placed on the property to recoup the charges. In 2019, 411 properties were cleaned.

"Prince George's County residents deserve to have neighborhoods free from trash and debris," Director Bolling said.  "Clean It and Lien It! addresses problem properties."

Great News for Food Truck Hubs: Fee Reduction!

Food Truck Hub in Largo

The Food Truck Hub License fee has been eliminated. The previous fee was $500 for trucks operating less than 60 days a year and $3,500 for trucks operating more than 60 days per year. Also, the yearly Fire Department inspection fee of $75 was reduced to $35. The Food Truck Hub License is administered by DPIE and may be renewed annually.

Additionally, licensing and inspection fees will be waived for food truck vendors who provide healthy food options as part of their menu and become certified by the Health Department as healthy options food trucks. They also must agree to vend in certain priority areas two days a week, at least four hours per day, for at least 30 weeks a year.

Food Truck 2

Other Fee Changes


Reduced from $640 per year to $300; a 10 percent technology fee was removed.


For FY 2020, the surcharge is $2,630 for permits issued for construction located inside the Transportation Service Area I as defined by the M–NCPPC in the County Approved General Plan
and for construction in an area included in a Basic Plan or Conceptual Site Plan that abuts an existing or planned mass transit rail station site operated by WMATA and that complies with the requirements of any Sector Plan, Master Plan or Overlay Zone approved by the County District Council. The surcharge is $7,885 for all other buildings.


For FY 2020, the surcharge is $9,741 for permits issued for buildings located between Interstate 495 and the District of Columbia and for permits issued for buildings located within a Basic Plan or Conceptual Site Plan that abut existing or planned mass transit rail station sites operated by WMATA. For permits for all other buildings, the surcharge is $16,698.


All services and activities under the auspices of the adopted 2018 Water and Sewer Plan are subject to the fee schedule that accompanies the plan. All fees are waived for public agencies, i.e., Federal, State, County and Municipal entities.

Water and Sewer Plan Amendments and Activities Related to Water and Sewer Planning:

Fees are non-refundable and applicable for category change applications, whether legislative or administrative, waiver applications and final plat review applications. Deferred and resubmitted applications must also pay these fees. Applications are due by the designated filing deadlines for administrative and legislative amendments. Late submittals to the administrative or legislative amendment cycles are subject to the discretion of DPIE, and a late fee may be charged at a rate of 10% of the assessed application fee. Applications for other processes do not have a filing deadline; however, the application will expire one year from the date of receipt if no activity has taken place or for incomplete packages.

The Fee Schedule associated with the adoption of the 2018 Water and Sewer Plan is as follows:


I. Water/Sewer Category Amendment

Residential —
Dwelling Units (DU)
 2018 Plan Fees PGEO Sample Fees
1 Dwelling Unit  $350  
2-10 Dwelling Units  $1,000  
11-25 Dwelling Units  $2,250  
26-100 Dwelling Units           $3,500       x $3,500
101+ Dwelling Units  $15,000  
Commercial Development    
Minor: 2 acre or less $2,000  
Major:  More than 2 acres           $6,500       x $6,500
Mixed Use  Commercial + Residential Fees  

Mixed Use Example:  26 DUs, 2 Bldgs, 14 Acres: $3,500 (residential fee)
+ $6,500 (commercial fee) = $10,000

Shared System: Considered commercial in nature; requires legislation to amend the W/S Plan 

Commercial Fees


II. Water/Sewer Waiver Fees

Residential (Minor)    
Interim System — Well $500  
Interim System — Septic $500  
Connection — Public Water $350  
Connection — Public Sewer $350  
Interim System — Well $850  
Interim System — Septic $850  
Non-Residential use is to accommodate existing development
until authorized public water/sewer available.

III. Water/Sewer Review — Final Plat

Review/Signature (per Mylar) $350  
Expedited Review/Signature (per Mylar) $100  
         Payable to PGEO:  $10,000

Late submittals are subject to the discretion of DPIE, and a late fee may be charged at a rate of 10% of the assessed application fee.
Fees are waived for public entities, i.e., Federal, State, County and Municipal.

DPIE's Enforcement Division Recognized for Environmental Efforts

Bill Edelen's Waste Diversion and Recycling Award, pictured with Allieu and Brandon

Congratulations to DPIE Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Bill Edelen (center) and his colleagues, represented by Inspector Allieu Samura [left] and Supervisor Brandon Wright [right], who recently were honored for their contribution to keeping Prince George's County clean, green and beautiful. Edelen and the Enforcement team received a Waste Diversion & Recycling Award from the County Department of the Environment (DoE). The award celebrates Edelen's leadership in coordinating two Sign Blitz events each year and the cumulative work of the Enforcement team.

The sign blitzes are held in the spring and fall. DPIE partners with the Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T), DoE, the State Highway Administration (SHA) and several municipalities to remove illegal signs on public rights-of-way.

“We do the sign blitzes to address the problem because of the huge number of complaints we get about sign litter,” Edelen said. “We find the signs and rip them down to send a message that sign litter will not be tolerated in Prince George’s County.”

2020 Census


By law, every 10 years the U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. Your participation determines representation and how billions in federal funds are distributed. If our community is undercounted, friends and neighbors miss out on an estimated $18,250 per person over a 10-year period. Statewide, that’s a total of $26.6 billion over a 10-year period.