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Building in Montgomery County is getting easier

Metro Brief

On July 20, 2015

The Department of Permitting Services’ (DPS) new building permit fee structure is going to be simpler, more predictable per-square-foot rate.

The new rates are part of the continuing effort by DPS to improve the permitting process and ensure fees are fairly applied. Last year, DPS launched its online eServices, which now includes commercial building permits and accepts ACH payments.

Building permit fees will be a per-square-foot rate rather than based on construction types and multiple fee zone calculations. This makes calculations clear and predictable. 

The new traffic management fee was added to fund a traffic management coordinator to oversee safe pedestrian, vehicle and business-friendly traffic management plans for road closures during construction. 

DPS is working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration to minimize the impact of road and sidewalk closures and increase pedestrian safety during construction.

As a result of the new fees, building permit revenues for DPS will decrease by $5 million in FY16 based on FY14 volumes. 

A summary chart of all the fees is available online at\permittingservices.

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