Do I need a permit to erect a fence?
Yes, a City Building permit is required for the construction, replacement or reconstruction on residential property of all fences, even if the County does not require it.
FYI: There is a City grant to remove chain link fences in front yards. For more information please click here.
Do I need a permit for a driveway?
Yes, if you want to resurface, expand or create a driveway, you need a permit.
What is a variance?
A variance is a request for permission to deviate from the guidelines of the Prince George's County Zoning Ordinance. These guidelines regulate lot size, lot width, building height, building setbacks from property lines, and the percentage of property covered with parking and structures.
What is a fence variance?
A request to deviate from the City or County fence ordinances, in terms of height, materials and location.
What is a departure?
A departure is similar to a variance, but is for parking.
Do I need a permit to build/repair/replace something in my home?
In most cases you will need a permit. Prior to the construction of any project, contact the City’s Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development for next steps.
Where can I apply for a departure or a variance?
Click here for all variance or departure applications for the City of College Park. Please contact the Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development for any questions related to or for help applying for City departures or variances.
For Prince George's County permits, please see this handy guide. Visit the County's Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement for more information.
What if I Live in an Historic District?
If you live in the Old Town Historic District, you will need to follow the Historic District's Design Guidelines for any work on your home or lot. For more information, please click here.