The Department of Permitting Services offers several resources for homeowners to assist in hiring licensed contractors, understanding permitting processes, scheduling inspections, making your home more environmentally friendly, safer, and accessible for all ages and stages of life. This page is designed with the homeowner in mind and, if you don’t find what you’re looking for please contact us.

DPS now offers Free Residential Design Consultations. To schedule please contact Tia Littlejohn-Adams at or call 240-777-6311.


Who to Hire

Hiring someone to do or complete your project? Safe construction begins when qualified, licensed and experienced professionals are hired. In coordination with the Office of Consumer Protection, DPS offers the opportunity to verify contractor licensing and qualifications using the links below.


Most permits and licenses issued by DPS require inspection. Below, we provide links to some of our more common inspection processes and assistance in finding your inspector, contacting your inspector, view inspection results, and verify DPS personnel.