Does the Planning Department issue permits?

No. The County Department of Permitting Inspections, and Enforcement issues all permits, after review by several agencies for conformance with different types of regulations (building, fire, health, etc.). The Planning Department is merely the reviewing agency that ensures conformance with land use regulations.

For more information in permits, please contact the DPIE Permit Office at 301-883-5900

For more information on the Planning Department’s role in permitting, please email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-302-3460 or 240-302-9464.



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1. I purchased my home years ago because the land behind me was wooded. Does anyone have the right to come in now and develop this property?
2. How long does it take to process my permit application?
3. What can I do to quicken the processing of my permit application?
4. What is a site plan, and why do I need to submit one with my permit application?
5. Does the Planning Department issue permits?
6. Why does the Planning Department need to see my permit application?
7. May I have a business in my home, and do I need a permit for it?
8. May I walk my permit application through the process?
9. Why can't I fast-track review of my permit application?
10. What happens to my non-walk-through permit application after you complete your review?