The complaints have become the stuff of suburban legend.
It takes Prince George’s County several months to process renovation permits. It can be a decade before officials get the courts’ permission to level fallen-down foreclosed homes. And opening a business can require multiple trips to government offices from Laurel to Largo.
“Right now we get an A-plus in complexity,” said Deputy County Administrative Officer Carla Reid, who along with Haitham Hijazi, the public works director, and Adam Ortiz, the acting environment director, is trying to unravel the long-lamented permitting, inspection and code enforcement system.
When County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) unveils his $2.7 billion budget Thursday, he will propose a new agency while restructuring others to streamline how the government approves and enforces permits. His plan has been in the works for months and includes assigning some inspectors to work evenings and weekends, when violations occur but no one is on duty; automating applications; crunching data about response times; and even redesigning the office that issues permits.