Department of Permitting Services Launches Program to Help Restaurants Navigate Permitting System

Montgomery County is kicking off its new “Recipes for Success” program to help individuals planning to open a new restaurant or expand an existing restaurant navigate the County’s permitting and licensing process quickly and efficiently.

“Recipes for Success” includes a free, pre-design consultation at which representatives from all County agencies involved in restaurant approvals will be available to explain the requirements to open or expand a restaurant. Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is partnering with the departments of Economic Development, Liquor Control, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Every Tuesday, beginning November 4, prospective and existing restaurant owners will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from the departments at one time to review their plans and learn how to open or expand a restaurant in the County.

“We want to help businesses obtain the permits they need to open or expand their restaurants in Montgomery County,” said DPS Director Diane Schwartz Jones. “‘Recipes for Success’ provides a chance to meet with all the County agencies at one time making the process smoother, more friendly, understandable and efficient.”

The “Recipes for Success Welcome Packet” will be available at all County regional services centers or online. Business owners can also schedule a free pre-design consultation meeting by calling 311 or 240-777-0311 from outside the County.

To download the preliminary design consultation application packet, click here.

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