COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations

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City Hall

City Hall is closed to the public through Friday, May 29. Essential services will continue as staff works from home. 

Community Centers and Recreational Programs

City facilities remain closed to the public, and events, classes, programs, rentals and activities have been canceled through Friday, May 29. The facility closure applies to community centers, the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center, Rockville Senior Center, Croydon Creek Nature Center, Glenview Mansion, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre and Montrose Discovery Preschool.    

The Department of Recreation and Parks has canceled in-person programming, including classes, programs and activities, through spring. Rockville is offering select virtual programs that can be done in the safety of home.

Community center memberships will be extended to account for lost days.

Canceled programs, events and rentals will be refunded or credited for future use. For questions, contact Recreation and Parks at registration@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8620, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parks, Playgrounds and Trails

Rockville’s tennis and pickleball courts, and the dog park at King Farm, will open Saturday, May 9 as the city begins reopening some of its park amenities for individual and small group sports that allow for physical distancing. 

An updated state order, issued this week by Gov. Larry Hogan, broadens permitted outside activities at state facilities and allows local governments the flexibility to take similar actions at their discretion.  

Under Governor Hogan’s revised order, broadened categories of allowable outside activity now include individual and small group sports such as golfing, tennis, and similar activities; outdoor fitness instruction; recreational fishing and hunting; recreational boating; and horseback riding.  

The order still prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people, in an effort to reduce public contact and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and applies to athletic, social, cultural and community gatherings. 

Playgrounds, bathrooms, fitness stations, basketball, Bankshot and volleyball courts, and athletic fields, will remain closed until further notice.

If you visit a park:

  • Keep a safe distance. (Six feet or more.)
  • Avoid touching surfaces.
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more people.
  • Refrain from touching playground equipment.
  • Avoid activities that share equipment or involve touching.

Housing 

The Mayor and Council recently took action to protect residential renters during the COVID-19 emergency, passing an ordinance to temporarily suspend rent increases at licensed rental properties through July 31.

Under the new legislation, no rents may be raised through July 31. From Aug. 1, until 180 days after the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, rents may be raised by no more than 2.6%.

For more information, contact the city’s divisions of Code Enforcement at 240-314-8330 or Landlord-Tenant Affairs at 240-314-8320.

Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste

Recycling and trash services will continue as normal, including scheduled collections such as bulk refuse and cart deliveries. 

Schedule a collection or request a cart online. For more information, contact 240-314-8568 or recyclingrefuse@rockvillemd.gov from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.

Water/Utility Payments

If you’ve recently received a shut-off notice from the City of Rockville, you can disregard it. The city will not be shutting off water and sewer service if you did not meet the payment deadline by March 15. Any utility bills issued after Feb. 15 will not be assessed late fees while the governor’s emergency order is in effect. 

We encourage customers to pay bills online in the safety of their home. If you need assistance, please email utilitybilling@rockvillemd.gov.

Permits

While City Hall is closed during COVID-19, some permits and licenses will be issued virtually using our virtual permit portal.

To find all available applications and required submittal documents for virtual permits, 
visit our Permits and Inspections webpage.

For utility, sediment control, stormwater and all other general public works permits, email pw@rockvillemd.gov

Plan Review

Applications and associated plans received prior to the closure will be reviewed and completed. Staff will contact applicants with further instructions.

During the closure, we will accept only electronic plans for submission and review. Standard practice will resume when operations return to normal.

Submit new submissions to submitpermit@rockvillemd.gov

Submission requirements:

  • Completed applications, plans and supporting documents must be a PDF.
  • File names should reflect the file’s content (for example, “applications” or “forms”). 
  • E-plans should be unlocked and fully editable. All digital signatures must be approved/flattened prior to submission so as not to interfere with the plan review code compliance mark-ups on the plans.
  • All plan pages must be combined into one document. Do not send separate documents for plans, specifications and calculations.
  • Maximum file size is 25 MB.

Review, markups, comments and approval stamps will be made electronically.

Pay permit fees by phone. Once paid, the permit will be sent to the applicant.

For any questions, contact permits@rockvillemd.gov.

Inspections

Inspections will be conducted virtually, when possible. No inspections will be performed physically on-site. View our virtual inspections help document.

Our inspectors will work with you to find the best way to connect virtually. Our inspectors will accept photographs for review in special circumstances.

To schedule a residential or commercial building inspection, call the 24/7 Interactive Voice Response System at 240-314-5040. Please schedule all building inspections at the same time.

For fire inspections, complete the request online or email firemarshal@rockvilemd.gov and our fire marshal will contact you.

The following license-related inspections will be suspended:

  • Family daycare
  • Group home
  • Board and care

Police Services

Read Chief Brito’s letter about how Rockville Police are responding to Maryland’s Order.

Portions of the police station will remain open 24/7, including the lobby entrance near the visitor parking lot, and the police communications center. 

To request non-emergency assistance, call 240-314-8900. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

The following services will be suspended:

  • Parking permit registration.
  • Animal licensing registrations and renewals.
  • Fingerprinting services.
  • Incident or accident report pickups.
  • Animal control violations payments.

Speed, red light and parking tickets may be paid online. Late fees will be waived.

Mayor and Council Meetings

To practice responsible social distancing, the Mayor and Council meetings will be streamed online and on Rockville 11. 

Community members can provide input for community forums by submitting comments at mayorcouncil@rockvillemd.gov by 2 p.m. on scheduled meeting days.

MPIA Executive Order

Pursuant to the Governor’s Order for Suspension of Legal Time Requirements, the City of Rockville has posted Notice of an Executive Order temporarily suspending the timeframes required by State law to respond to Maryland Public Information Act requests. Rockville staff will continue to monitor and respond to requests to the best of their ability.