The Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcements (DPIE) made economic development a bit easier in the region on Aug. 6. That day DPIE signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission that will allow DPIE to offer permit services for those agencies. This expands the services of Prince George’s County’s “one stop shop” permitting operation, located in Largo, Md.
“I’m excited about this signing because it’s really going to improve the way we do business in the county,” Franklin said. “Permitting is a big deal when is comes to bringing in economic development. It’s going to result in more jobs in the county, more tax revenue, more opportunity, more amenities for county residents.”
The DPIE opened its doors on July 1, 2013. The 280-person agency is united under one roof and provides the help/support needed for the authorization and regulation of building, site/road and utility permits, inspections, and building licenses. These services are crucial because they drive the local economy and ensure the health and safety of County residents, businesses, and visitors.
“One of the campaign promises I made was to improve the County’s permitting process,” County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said in a news release. “Since we created and launched DPIE last year, we have heard time and time again that our permitting processes have greatly improved. However, we know that we can continue to do even better and provide more effective and efficient service to both our residents and business stakeholders. The signing of MOUs with WSSC and M-NCPPC will help improve our customers’ experiences, save them valuable time, and continue to show both internally and externally that Prince George’s County is ‘Open for Business!’”
According to the website, the DPIE’s goal is ‘to create a high-quality, customer-friendly experience for permit applicants, licensees, and property owners.”
“We’re trying to bring the world to Prince George’s County, in terms of economic development. The only way you can do that is, if the business community views Prince George’s County as business friendly and a place where they can get their projects done on time with consistency and efficiency,” Franklin said.