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Mission Statement

The Department of Permitting Services' (DPS) primary mission is to promote the health, safety, welfare, and economic well-being of residents, businesses, and communities in Montgomery County with timely, professional, transparent, and consistent review and processing of plans and permits and through inspections of structures, rights-of-way, and development. DPS protects the public through application and enforcement of national, State, and local codes for fire and life safety, electrical, mechanical, energy, accessibility, building, and other public safety and zoning codes. DPS protects residential and business communities and users of public rights-of-way through inspections of work within public rights-of-way to assure adherence to approved site plans and special exceptions. DPS strives to promote economic well-being and customer service through ongoing process improvements, timely response, and service, while ensuring that structures are safe for occupants and visitors, sustainable for future generations, and that development is consistent with requirements to protect the environment.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY23 Operating Budget for the Department of Permitting Services is $41,067,049, an increase of $2,165,072 or 5.57 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $38,901,977. Personnel Costs comprise 75.22 percent of the budget for 243 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 249.03 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 24.78 percent of the FY23 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A Growing Economy
  • A Greener County
  • Easier Commutes
  • Effective, Sustainable Government


Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

The department combines department and applicant time components when measuring "total time to issue a permit." These times may be impacted by satisfaction of related preconditions such as sediment control submissions and approvals and outside agency approvals.



  • Conducted outreach to educate the public on safety and other DPS measures including promoting international Building Safety Month in May, deck safety and other educational webinars.

  • The Zoning Division will conduct an outreach campaign to inform the general public, industry professionals and sister government agencies on relevant and timely topics intended to promote health, public safety, general welfare, and goodwill throughout the County.

  • Participated in the development of NFPA 915, a new code for remote inspections, and Tiny Homes Guide.

  • Implemented a predesign consultation process for residential projects that gives both the customers and staff a better understanding of the project requirements and next steps.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Section Managers monitor the new Commercial Building Dashboard on an hourly basis to identify and, in over 95% of cases, remedy a potential issue prior to becoming a customer complaint.

  • DPS cross-trains staff and engineers to cover multiple specialties and functions to expedite plan reviews and ensure service gaps do not occur due to employee leave. Using this strategy DPS has been able to maintain performance goals with limited use of overtime.

  • DPS has increased inspection numbers and revenues beyond previous years by using temps to "roll forward" permit conditions to proactively inspect occupancies instead of waiting for payments.

  • DPS uses the "red card" method for customers who have expired permits to prompt them to go online and renew permits. This practice is very useful for businesses that may not be open when a DPS inspector arrives.

Program Descriptions

  Land Development

The Land Development Division is responsible for ensuring the protection of the County's land and water resources, the protection of the environment, and the safety of residents and businesses through its engineering and inspection functions related to storm water management; sediment control; floodplain management; special protection areas; storm drain design...

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  Residential Construction & Fire Code Compliance

The Residential Construction staff is responsible for ensuring public safety through the effective application of residential building, structural, electrical, mechanical, and energy conservation codes. This is accomplished through technical plan review and inspection processes. The Fire Code Compliance staff is responsible for ensuring compliance with adopted National Fire Codes and...

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  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, accessibility, and sustainability conservation codes and standards. As the "First Preventers," this is accomplished through plan review and construction site inspections to facilitate compliance with approved plans and...

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Central Services UnitThe Administration Program provides policy development and leadership for all programs within the Department. Central Services Staff are specialists responsible for a full range of administrative, financial, and budgetary tasks, including daily operations, revenue collection (fees and development taxes and charges), reporting and management, automation, human...

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  Zoning, Well & Septic and Code Compliance

The Zoning, Well & Septic and Code Compliance Division protects the quality of life, public health, safety, and welfare of Montgomery County. This is accomplished through the effective application and enforcement of the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance Chapter 59 development and use standards; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning...

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  Customer Support & Outreach

The Customer Support and Outreach Division is responsible for all administration and issuance of Building, Land Development, and Zoning related permits, applications and licenses, information requests, pre-design consultations, and other specialty services. This Division was formed to provide a multi-prong approach to enhance the methods in which our services are...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Barbara Suter of the Department of Permitting Services at 240.777.6244 or Joshua Watters of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2768 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages22741365.0023921593.00 22326250.00 24436707.002.2
Employee Benefits6616535.006677204.00 6300724.00 6454742.00-3.3
Permitting Services Personnel Costs29357900.0030598797.00 28626974.00 30891449.001.0
Operating Expenses9670802.008303180.00 7033523.00 10175600.0022.6
Permitting Services Expenditures39028702.0038901977.00 35660497.00 41067049.005.6
Full-Time239.00240.00 240.00 243.001.3
Part-Time2.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs245.90245.90 245.90 249.031.3
Building Permits25483337.0019826070.00 30095224.00 28742198.0045.0
Electrical Permits and Licenses4444302.003654000.00 5377363.00 5130914.0040.4
Fire Code Enforcement Permits2466710.002588286.00 2430654.00 3101062.0019.8
Grading/Storm Drains/Paving/Driveway Permits3664235.003045000.00 4251162.00 3431353.0012.7
Occupancy Permits664202.00522000.00 625523.00 583903.0011.9
Other Licenses/Permits209690.00441825.00 658098.00 300225.00-32.0
Sediment Control Permits2350421.002698105.00 4002044.00 3083491.0014.3
Sign Permits201570.00226635.00 278270.00 237701.004.9
Special Exception Fee189696.00210605.00 210605.00 206228.00-2.1
Stormwater Mgmt and Water Quality Plan Fee279049.00251268.00 205391.00 270483.007.6
Well and Septic408224.00238648.00 419720.00 415414.0074.1
Automation Enhancement Fee1196.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees1288636.001218000.00 1423083.00 870994.00-28.5
Other Fines/Forfeitures55486.0078300.00 59967.00 40264.00-48.6
Miscellaneous Revenues368536.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Investment Income54538.00408000.00 48310.00 288370.00-29.3
Mechanical Construction Permit1765784.001452900.00 1958633.00 1829425.0025.9
Information Requests0.0095700.00 155449.00 165558.0073.0
Permitting Services Revenues43895612.0036955342.00 52199496.00 48697583.0031.8
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses550.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures550.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants-29880.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Federal Grants30430.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues550.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total Expenditures39029252.0038901977.00 35660497.00 41067049.005.6
Total Full-Time Positions239.00240.00 240.00 243.001.3
Total Part-Time Positions2.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs245.90245.90 245.90 249.031.3
Total Revenues43896162.0036955342.00 52199496.00 48697583.0031.8
FY23 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: DPS Information Technology Resources Upgrades [Administration]20000000.00
Add: Climate Action Plan Sustainability Program Manager and Electrification Program Manager [Commercial Building Construction]1589482.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases6457770.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment3742360.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment1288060.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment277370.00
Increase Cost: Mid-Year Creation of Climate Change Officer Position [Administration]262460.13
Increase Cost: IT Maintenance Cost [Administration]61130.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment48840.00
Increase Cost: Technical Adjustment FY22 FTE missing from roll over into FY23 [Customer Support & Outreach]01.00
Decrease Cost: OPEB Adjustment-2951200.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-3667720.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-5457830.00
FY23 APPROVED41067049249.03
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Commercial Building Construction687130651.00692358152.00
Customer Support & Outreach474370543.90470898343.90
Land Development653537348.00652411048.00
Residential Construction & Fire Code Compliance604187847.00617320846.00
Zoning, Well & Septic and Code Compliance472887334.00497242635.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY23 Approved41067.00000041067.00000041067.00000041067.00000041067.00000041067.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY230.00000053.00000053.00000053.00000053.00000053.000000
New positions in the FY23 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000001207.0000001207.0000001207.0000001207.0000001207.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures41067.00000042327.00000042327.00000042327.00000042327.00000042327.000000