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Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services Unveils New GIS Maps to Keep Public Informed

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 9, 2024

The Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS) has launched three new geographic information systems (GIS) maps on the front page of its website to keep the public informed about properties in an area’s floodplain. The maps also will highlight permitting activity around the County for commercial use and occupancies and inspections in near real time.


A link to all three of the new maps is posted on the front page of the DPS website at montgomerycountymd.gov/dps

“I have asked all departments throughout the government to better utilize innovative technology to improve services to our residents and appreciate DPS’s efforts to provide this helpful mapping tool,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. "These interactive GIS maps are a tool to help residents and other stakeholders identify floodplains in the County and learn what construction is happening near their homes and businesses.”


The Floodplain and Storm Drain Map provides engineers, planners and property owners useful information regarding floodplains and drainage. The map collates Federal and local floodplain maps in a single resource to enhance public awareness and understanding of flood prone areas, potential flood risks and associated hazards within a specific region.


The My Inspector and Property Map displays information about upcoming inspections, property details and contact information for inspectors. DPS stakeholders also can find permit applications near their homes by using a bounding box tool. The map is designed to improve transparency and construction awareness.


The commercial Use and Occupancy Research Map is designed for stakeholders to search commercial use and occupancy (U and O) certificates by parcel. This may be helpful for those opening a business or changing the use type of a business. The data goes back to 1999. U and O certificates can be printed using DPS online services. Searches for U and O certificates before 1999, should be made to DPS through MC 311 or 240-777-0311.