DPIE May Deny License Renewals to Rentals Lacking a U&O Permit

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The Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) may refuse to renew rental licenses for multifamily rental properties that lack a current Use and Occupancy permit. DPIE will soon be issuing letters to over 90 business entities that have County multifamily rental licenses, but appear to lack a current U&O on file with the Department. AOBA members discussed this issue with DPIE representatives recently in a meeting at the County Executive’s office.

DPIE has been increasing the pressure on rental housing providers over the past 20 years to have a U&O on file with the Department. The County rental license application has called for a U&O number since 1997. However, it was only in 2011 that certain AOBA members received zoning violation notices when unable to produce a current U&O. Several members expressed frustration over being asked to produce copies of a document issued by the County over 50 years ago, and the significant time and expense to obtain a new U&O when the original document could not be located.

DPIE bases its demand for a U&O on Section 27-253 of the County Code, which requires a use and occupancy permit to be issued before the use of a building or structure.