BDS DPIE Biz, July 2022

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JULY 2022

In this issue:

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After the Business Development Section's assistance with permits, the first Tropical Smoothie Café arrived in Upper Marlboro!

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Business Spotlight: Tropical Smoothie Café

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The Business Development Section (BDS) team recently assisted the Tropical Smoothie Café in the permitting process for a new location at 7607 Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro. Tropical Smoothie Café operates more than 850 locations nationwide. Franchisee Kennith Bailey said he is excited about bringing the first Tropical Smoothie to Upper Marlboro and looks forward to getting to know his new customers. Tropical Smoothie is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to their signature smoothies, the café offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, flat breads and nutritious bowls.

For more information, visit the Tropical Smoothie Café website.

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The Inside Scoop: DPIE Connect

DPIE Connect Expands to Include Businesses with More Square Footage!

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As we continue to encourage and support our local businesses, we have increased the square footage requirement from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet for businesses that qualify for assistance from DPIE Connect. The increase allows more business owners who wish to alter their spaces to utilize DPIE Connect to gain insight into DPIE processes and requirements.

DPIE Connect is a program that brings together members of the BDS team with applicants in mini pre-design review meetings. BDS coordinates with staff in the Building Plan Review, Inspections and Permitting and Licensing divisions to assist with specific requirements related to applicants’ projects. Topics of discussion include application requirements, permits, licenses, inspections, fees and building code-related issues. The goal of the service is to decrease review times and provide guidance through the application process. DPIE strongly encourages applicants to take advantage of DPIE Connect to gain access to important information.

The scope of projects applicable for DPIE Connect include:

  1. Projects requesting a straight U&O — no construction
  2. Projects with a change of occupancy — no construction
  3. Projects with interior alterations not exceeding 3,000 sq. ft. in area
  4. Projects limited to one story in height

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TOP TIPS: Documents for Permits and Plans for Inspections

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Identifying the Necessary
Documents for Permits

Documentation needed to apply for permits is available in the Permits section of DPIE's website. Click on Permits in the navigation bar on the left side of the main page to find information for both commercial permit types and residential permit types.  For additional information, contact the Permits office at 301-636-2050.

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Current Plans Necessary for Inspections

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Make sure to have your current stamped plans at your construction site. If an inspector arrives for an inspection and the site does not reflect the final and updated approved plans, a correction order may be issued and the inspection may be delayed, postponing your project.

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What's Happening: Events and Information

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Business Development Section Event

Register to Attend!

Please join the BDS team at 12:00 noon on Thursday,
August 25, 2022, for a virtual discussion about permitting and liquor licensing for commercial businesses. To sign up for this free webinar, please register at

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Over the last year, the BDS 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.

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Resources: Business Community News

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contact us

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