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Program Description

  Commercial Building Construction

The Commercial Construction program is responsible for ensuring public safety through the effective application of commercial building, structural, electrical, mechanical, fire-safety, and energy conservation codes and standards. This is accomplished through plan reviews and construction inspections for compliance with approved plans and codes. This program processes applications for and issues Building, Mechanical and Electrical Permits. The program also handles construction complaints during natural and other disasters and provides assistance in disaster recovery.

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Program Contacts

Contact Barbara Suter of the Department of Permitting Services at 240.777.6244 or Alison Dollar of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2769 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Commercial Permits -- Additions -- Average total time (in days) 1106.58112606060
Commercial Permits -- Additions -- DPS average review time (in days)28.8433.05353535
Commercial Permits -- New Construction -- Average total time (in days)72.3479.38140140140
Commercial Permits -- New Construction -- DPS average review time (in days)30.4319.87555555
Commercial Fast Track -- Percentage of permits serviced within 2.5 hours81.17%75.9%80%80%80%
Insurance Services Office (ISO) building code effectiveness grading schedule score which measures the quality of the County's building codes and performance in enforcing them: Commercial structural, score within a range of 1-10 (1=best)33332
Building Construction Inspections -- Percentage occurring on scheduled day98.2%98.51%98%98%98%
1  Projections are dependent upon volumes of work, other tasks, staffing, and staff availability. It is our estimation of an outside reasonable commitment that can be met under varying work volumes and circumstances. When performance indicators are specified in days, they are calendar days and not work days.
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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved534062742.50
Increase Cost: MLS III- International Green Building to Assist the County in Meeting its Goal of Reducing Greenhouse Emissions by 2035.1313791.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2536260.00
FY20 Recommended572563243.50