BDS DPIE Biz, December 2022

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In this issue:

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Captain's White crabs

Captain White Seafood has added steamed choices to its fresh offerings, with the assistance of the BDS team.

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Business Spotlight: Captain White Adds Steamed Seafood to the Menu!

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The Business Development Section (BDS) recently assisted Captain White Seafood, located at 6308 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, with updating their permit application to include serving steamed seafood. In addition to live crabs, live crawfish, frozen crab legs and raw shrimp, Captain White now also offers an assortment of steamed seafood. Captain White moved to the County after 30 years at The Wharf in the District. The Oxon Hill location is less than 10 minutes from many popular attractions such as Top Golf, the Tanger Outlets and National Harbor. The market also sells items such as spices, mallets, and table paper. “We are very excited to be a part of the business community, and we look forward to serving delicious seafood to County customers,” said Manager Doug White. For more details and operating hours, visit the market’s website at Captain White Seafood.

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Captain White's culinary delectables include crabs, shrimp and oysters.

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The Inside Scoop: Permitting Tips for 2023!

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As 2022 comes to a close and the new year approaches, the BDS encourages entrepreneurs to create a checklist while pursuing permitting and licensing for their new business ventures. Here are the top five tips to start off successfully:

  1. Obtain a zoning determination letter prior to signing a lease or purchasing a property. See the Zoning Certification Procedures at Zoning-Certification-Procedures (
  2. When buying or leasing a space, inquire about prior permits and research the permit history to ensure that all work done was properly permitted and inspected. Access the Permit History by Street Address feature on the DPIE website to research permits.
  3. Hire design professionals to submit your applications and licensed contractors with good track records to do the work. Require your professionals to add you to ePlan to ensure you receive updates regarding review of your plans. This way you are aware of the entire review process.
  4. Be familiar with your target dates, financing, lease terms, etc., to limit delays in your project’s plan development and construction.
  5. Try to establish your new business in a similar commercial space to minimize construction costs.

If you would like a consultation on navigating the permitting and licensing process, please contact the team by emailing It would also be helpful to schedule a DPIE Connect — Mini Preliminary Design Review Meeting as discussed below.

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TOP TIPS: DPIE Connect — Mini Preliminary Design Review Meeting

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DPIE is encouraging small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in our DPIE Connect program. DPIE Connect brings agency experts together with entrepreneurs aspiring to open businesses in one-hour Mini Preliminary Design Review Meetings (PDRM). See DPIE Connect — Mini Preliminary Design Review Meeting for more information.

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What's Happening: Events and Information

Business Development Section Event

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Register to Attend!

Join the Business Development Section team at 12 noon on Thursday, January 26, 2023, for a virtual introduction and discussion with the team. Come learn about our mission, helpful hints that will assist you in applying for permits, DPIE programs, changes to DPIE processes and a general overview of the permitting process. Register here for the free Introduction to the Business Development Section webinar.

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Business Development Team, Nicole and Charles, hosting a webinar.


Over the last year, the BDS has offered several webinars and prepared PowerPoint presentations for the business community on a variety of DPIE processes. Topics 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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For updates, follow DPIE & DPIEBDS events on Twitter@PGCountyDPIEDepartment of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement - Facebook and YouTube - DPIE.

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Resources: Business Community News

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