BDS DPIE Biz, February 2022

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Envue Eye and Laser Center staff

The many staff members at Envue Eye & Laser Center.

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Business Spotlight: Envue Eye & Laser Center at National Harbor

Dr. Bruce Rivers

The Business Development Section (BDS) recently assisted Envue Eye & Laser Center with its permitting process. Located at the National Harbor, Envue offers office-based cataract surgery, a modern and patient-friendly alternative to cataract surgery conducted in hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers. In addition, patients may seek procedures performed by Envue’s cutting edge technology used for vision correcting corneal laser refractive surgery such as small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE), also considered flapless LASIK, as well as LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).  Dr. Bruce Rivers, a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, comes to the County with more than 30 years of military experience. “With a focus on cataract surgery, refractive laser surgery, and diabetic eye care, I am particularly excited to return to the region to serve the Prince George’s County community,” commented Dr. Rivers. Continuing Dr. Rivers’ drive to explore opportunities to enhance the patient experience, Dr. Rivers is now offering vision correction procedures to all interested patients, including veterans. To find out more call 301-485-9533 or visit Envue Eye & Lasik Center's website.

Interior photos of Envue Eye and Laser Center

The interior of the Envue Eye & Laser Center, located at 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

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Captain White Seafood City logo and a bushel of Atlantic blue crabs, regionally known as Chesapeake blue crabs, for sale.

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Captain White Seafood Comes to the County!

The iconic Captain White Seafood has left the D.C. Wharf and has now moved to the former Pizza Italia & Frank Sports Bar building located at 6308 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill. While Captain White prepares to occupy its brick and mortar, DPIE BDS, along with Permitting and Licensing and Enforcement Teams worked diligently to assist Captain White in obtaining a permit to bring fresh food to the County for the next few weekends.  Captain White will be selling live crabs in the parking lot on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit Captain White Seafood City's website.

Line to buy Captain White's blue crabs

Customers stop at Captain White Seafood City to purchase baskets of Chesapeake blue crabs, a species native to the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Inside Scoop: How to Apply for a Special Event Permit

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With warm weather just around the corner, County residents will begin to look forward to outdoor activities such as festivals, carnivals, marathons, farmers' markets, and outdoor concerts, to name a few. Special Events are some of the most anticipated activities in Prince George’s County, as they are characteristically entertaining and celebratory. However, to ensure the event goes off without a hitch, advance planning is highly recommended.

There are several steps that must be taken to obtain a special event permit. First, an applicant must submit two applications. The applications must be submitted to DPIE and the Public Safety Special Events Coordinating Group (PSSECG). The PSSECG includes representation from Public Safety, Police, Office of the Fire Marshal, Fire and EMS, Health, Department of the Environment, and the Liquor Board. The DPIE application can be found at the ePermits Online Portal and the PSSECG application can be found at the Special Event Application link. Please be sure to complete both applications and the respective checklists a minimum of 45 days prior to the event, although 60 days would be ideal to allow for ample review times and the appeals process, if necessary. If your application is not submitted timely, the permit may not be approved in time to have the event.  Additional information can also be reviewed on DPIE's Use and Occupancy page. After your permit has been issued, in order to receive your special events permit, an inspection must be conducted. To schedule an inspection, call the Interactive Voice Response system (IVR) at 301-755-9000 or submit an online Inspections request.

The Business Development Section has created a video detailing the special events permitting process. The video is posted on the DPIE YouTube channel at Obtaining a Special Event Permit. The video explains the application filing process, fees, documentation, review process, inspections, appeals process, and departmental contacts.

Please Note:  Fees have increased by 10% effective February 14, 2022, to $165 (up to 10 structures, then $22 per structure) + 5% technology fee.

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FAQs: How Do I Schedule a Building Permit Inspection and How Do I Get a New Fire Alarm System?

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How do I schedule an inspection for a Building Permit or Certificate of Occupancy?


Job Cards are issued once your permit application has been approved. After issuance of a Job Card, applicants may submit an online Inspections request or call the Inspections automated IVR line at 301-755-9000. Customers should ensure they have their stamp-approved plans onsite when the inspector arrives along with the Job Card. For additional information, visit DPIE's Schedule an Inspection web page.

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I need a new Fire Alarm System for my business. What are the steps?

Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire Suppression Systems, Voice Alarm Systems and Fire Alarm Systems MUST go through the Third Party Review/Approval Process. Prince George’s County Code mandates a Third Party Plan Review Program for the review and approval of Fire Protection Systems. This program requires owners and applicants, at their own cost, to select a DPIE-authorized Third Party Plan Review Agency (TPPRA) to review and approve shop drawings of Fire Protection Systems in lieu of County staff. DPIE will accept shop drawings approved by the authorized TPPRA for permit issuance after paying all applicable permit fees. Details, along with a list of certified Third-Party reviewers, may be found on DPIE's Fire & Life Safety page.

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What's Happening: Events and Information

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Over the last year, the Business Development Section has conducted several webinars and prepared PowerPoint presentations for the business community on a variety of DPIE processes. These include Building and Use and Occupancy Permits, Inspections, Special Events, Business Licensing, and more. Customers may access the BDS presentations here.

On December 9, 2021, the BDS presented as a panelist for the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Pathways to Business Expansion and Growth Series. Customers may access the EDC website to view the "Permitting — You Don't Have to Do It Alone" presentation.

On January 12, 2022, BDS Officer Nicole Reece presented as a panelist for the EDC Pathways to Expansion and Growth Series. Customers may access the EDC website to view the "Lease Agreements and Completing Lease Hold Improvements" presentation.

On February 16, 2022, BDS Officer Nicole Reece presented a webinar featuring some of DPIE's permitting services. Customers may access DPIE's website to view the "Building Permits, Use and Occupancy and Inspections" presentation.

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Resources: Business Community News

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