PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

LICENSING

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS

The Board of License Commissioners regulates the retail sale of alcoholic beverages in Prince George's County (Code Alcoholic Beverages Article, secs. 26-101 through 26-2802).

In Prince George's County, the Board's five members formerly were appointed by the Governor to three-year terms. Since May 2017, however, the County Executive has been authorized to appoint the Board's members. The Board appoints the Director (Chapter 812, Acts of 2017; Code Alcoholic Beverages Article, secs. 26-101 through 26-208).


DEPARTMENT OF PERMITTING, INSPECTIONS, & ENFORCEMENT

Created in July 2013, the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement combined all non-alcohol related licensing duties for the County by absorbing functions from various County agencies. Licenses and permits issued and enforced by the Department include: building construction and renovation; driveways; commercial hauling; street construction; property rental; logging; signs; and utility work. The Department also conducts inspections regarding stormwater management and property accessibility. Building inspections related to fire and health code are conducted in tandem with the County Health Department, and the Office of the Fire Marshal.

The Department also maintains the CountyClick311 website, allowing residents to report code and license violations, and landlord grievances. It also provides residents and businesses with streamlined access to license and inspection applications, as well as services outside the Department, such as animal licenses, and requesting court and county records.

PERMITTING & PLAN REVIEW GROUP
Licenses and permits for building and construction are issued through the Permitting and Plan Review Group. Licensed contractors may apply for permits, schedule or cancel inspections, check an existing permit status, or obtain information regarding past permits through the Department's website. Licenses for contactors, businesses, or special events may be applied for online, or obtained through the Licensing Center.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, INSPECTIONS & ENFORCEMENT GROUP
The Administrative Services, Inspections and Enforcement Group originated as Inspections and Enforcement in July 2013 within the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement. It reformed under its present name in 2016.

Regulating building and construction, the Group oversees such projects in the County, with the exception of the City of Laurel, which is overseen by the City's Department of Community Planning and Business Services. Enforcing State and County construction codes, the Group conducts the Third Party Inspection Program, where commercial construction projects are inspected by a licensed inspector upon completion. In addition, it conducts inspections following reports of zoning violations, such as properties with debris, wrecked or unlicensed vehicles, or abandoned buildings. Reports are filed through CountyClick311.

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