DPIE Launches Administrative Hearing Process

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Program Will Streamline Adjudication of Code Enforcement Violations

 The Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) has started a new program to reduce the time it takes for property standards citations to be adjudicated. The Administrative Hearing Process will allow hearing officers to adjudicate citations issued for properties in violation of Prince George’s County code, instead of waiting for courts to hear the cases.

Dozens of times each day in Prince George’s County, codes and property standards are violated, leaving homeowners and business leaders frustrated. The current process takes as long as nine months from the time a complaint is received to the time the respondent appears in District Court for a final disposition. The Administrative Hearing Process was created in response to legislation passed by the County Council in 2017 – CB-64-2017.

“The objective is to streamline the process,” said Adjudications Administrator Eric Wardford. “Currently, it takes too long to get these cases into court. This process will exponentially speed up the time it takes to adjudicate these matters.”

The process will be implemented in stages, with certain jurisdictions targeted for the first phase, which began August 1 with DPIE property standards inspectors issuing citations in those areas. The process will be operational County-wide by early 2019. The first hearings will be held in September 2018.

The hearing officers are trained attorneys who have the power to issue summonses, notices and default orders for noncompliance. They will handle complaints about unlicensed vehicles; debris; tall grass and weeds; commercial vehicles on residential property; and other property standards issues.

“This new Administrative Hearing Process will benefit our citizens, neighborhoods and businesses and offers the County a powerful tool that will resolve property standard issues much more expeditiously,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.

Citizens with complaints about code violations should call 311 to make their initial report. The calls will be forwarded to DPIE. Citations will be issued to the property owner, who can request a hearing within 30 days of the issuance of a citation. The hearings will be held within 30 days of a request.

Testimony and evidence will be presented at the hearings. The hearing officer will issue a decision within five days. If the respondent is held liable, civil and monetary fines can be assessed and the respondent will be ordered to abate the violation.
Parties aggrieved by the decision have the right to request reconsideration by the adjudications administrator. The administrator’s decisions can be appealed to the Prince George’s County Nuisance Abatement Board. That board’s decisions can be appealed to the Prince George’s Circuit Court.

Wardford, the adjudications administrator, is an attorney who previously served as a hearing examiner with the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles and the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS).

The hearings will take place at DPIE headquarters, 9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 500, in Largo.

 

Source: www.princegeorgescountymd.gov

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Prince George’s County Announces Holiday Closings for Labor Day

Labor Day

County government offices, with the exception of public safety agencies, will be closed on Monday,

September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day 

Facility/Service September 3
Animal Services Facility

(3750 Brown Station Road)

Closed
Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill Closed
Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center Closed
Electronics Recycling Acceptance Site

(Located at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill)

*Closed
Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site

(Located at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill)

*Closed
Missouri Avenue Solid Waste Acceptance and Recycling Center Closed
Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility Closed
Prince George’s County Materials Recycling Facility (1000 Ritchie Road) Closed
Bulky Trash Collection

(By appointment only)

No Scheduled Collections on Monday, September 3; Collections resume Tuesday, September 4

 

Trash Collection in County-Contracted Areas Regular Collections Occur Tuesday, Sept. 4 – Friday, Sept. 7
Curbside Recycling Collection Regular Collections Occur Tuesday, Sept. 4 – Friday, Sept. 7
County Yard Trim Collections *NO COLLECTIONS; Collections resume Monday, Sept. 10 (change in service)

*Facility only open ThursdayFriday and Saturday*

 

TheBus, a public transit service operated by the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T), will not operate on Monday, September 3, 2018. Regular operations of TheBus will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Also, the County’s Call-A-Bus service, including dialysis transportation, will not operate on Monday, September 3, 2018. Regular operations of the Call-A-Bus services will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

 

The Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

 

In addition, Prince George’s CountyClick 3-1-1 will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 and will resume regular operations on Tuesday, September 4, 2018; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. However, residents can still submit service/issue requests online at www.countyclick311.com/.

 

For more information regarding Prince George’s County Government office closures, contact CountyClick 3-1-1.

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