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All fire protection system work requires a FPS permit and an inspection.
Fire inspections are required for initial license or license renewal for day care homes and centers, nursing homes, and automotive repair facilities.
Water Main BreaksUse of and damage to fire hydrantsWater System Flow TestsWater Main FlushingSprinkler System TestingWater Main Replacement/Alteration and ModificationWater Valve Maintenance
Repairs, disruptions and maintenance to water mains may cause your water to be discolored. If this occurs, running the cold water for a few minutes will normally flush out any discolored water from your pipes. This disruption also may cause air in the line, causing water to spurt from faucets or appear cloudy. To force trapped air from the water system, open a faucet located on the top floor of your home for a minute or so. Then, open other faucets, one at a time, working from the highest to the lowest. These conditions are temporary and should clear up in less than 24 hours. If problems persist, call the City's Operations and Maintenance Division at 240-314-8567.
The primary nuisance mosquito in Montgomery County is the non-native Asian tiger mosquito. They are dark with white markings, aggressive, only bite during the day, breed in small containers and travel up to 300 feet from where they hatch. If you feel them biting you, then they are breeding nearby.
Another common mosquito is the native Culex pipiens which is most active at night, gray-brown colored, lays eggs in stagnant bodies of water and can fly about a mile or two.
The tiger mosquito has become the primary pest species in many areas of Maryland where, before the arrival of the tiger, mosquito problems were slight. Intensely developed areas provide little wetland habitat essential for most mosquito species to thrive. However, these urban areas are highly suited for the container breeding tiger mosquito. Breeding sites range from industrial yards with outdoor storage of tires and steel drums to residential areas where outdoor statuaries and the pans beneath outdoor plants are common. If you are bothered by tiger mosquitoes, it is likely that the mosquitoes were produced in your yard or the properties adjacent to it.
The most effective method of controlling tiger mosquitoes is reducing or eliminating the containers which are the source of the problem. Draining or removal of water holding containers, even on a localized basis, will produce remarkable long-term reductions in mosquito annoyance. The list of breeding sites is extensive and includes any water holding containers, but the primary sites in residential areas include clogged rain gutters, tires, buckets, cans, bottles, boats, flower pots, bird baths, outdoor statuary, ornamental pools, plastic or canvas tarpaulins, children's toys, rain barrels, and pet food and water dishes.
For more information on the Asian tiger mosquito, visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
All mosquitoes require standing water to breed, and most mosquitoes do not fly far from the location where they were bred to feed. Thus one of the best ways to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard is to implement a regular (weekly) program to dispose of accumulated water.
The mosquito development process requires that water be standing or stagnant for about a week. This is important to note because some people have become unnecessarily concerned about water that naturally evaporates or drains away within a few days. For instance, after a heavy rainstorm there may be standing water in ditches and swales at the side of roads, in tire ruts on construction sites, or in puddles on the road. If the water is gone in a week or less, mosquitoes will not breed in these locations because they will not be able to complete their life cycle. Mosquitoes also do not breed in moving water, such as in streams or in ponds that have water flushing through them frequently.
•Eliminate standing water from containers such as flowerpot saucers, watering cans, buckets, old tires, potted plant trays, buckets, garage can lids, boats, tarps etc.
•Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly.
•Change the water and clean bird baths, at least once a week.
•Position corrugated drain pipes to ensure drainage or dump out.
•Fill in low spots in your yard where water polls.
For a comprehensive guide to eliminating mosquito breeding sites in your yard, visit the Backyard Mosquito Checklist.
Asian tiger mosquitoes, the primary nuisance mosquito in Maryland, preferentially breed in small, isolated containers of stagnant water easily found on residential lots, so it is important that we all do our part to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats in our own backyards. There are many stormwater facilities in the City, some of which are large, end-of-pipe basins that contain and treat water from large drainage areas. Others are small, landscaped practices located within right of way areas, schools and libraries, and on private property that collect and treat smaller volumes of water close to the source. Some stormwater management practices will pond water temporarily and some retain water permanently to improve water quality. The City has and will continue to monitor stormwater management facilities for potential mosquito control.
Practices that Hold Water Permanently:
Stormwater management ponds typically are not preferred breeding habitats for mosquitoes. Wet ponds and stormwater wetlands with aquatic habitats maintain natural predators that help control mosquito populations.
Practices that Hold Water Temporarily:
Dry detention basins, bioretention, and rain gardens are designed to detain and infiltrate stormwater. Facilities fill up during storm events and then release the water within two to three days. Because these systems are designed to hold water for only short periods of time, these practices should not sustain mosquito populations.
Involves 5,000 square feet or more of Disturbed Land Area, orInvolves 100 cubic yards or more of Grading, orInvolves Land Disturbing Activity within a Stream Buffer, orInvolves the construction of a new Single Unit Detached Dwelling, Townhouse or Semi-Detached Dwelling Unit.
*The Department may, at its sole discretion, require certain Land Disturbing Activities regardless of the amount of Land Disturbing Activity or Grading, follow this Ordinance and Regulations when it determines that the impact to the environment and/or the proximity of the Land Disturbing Activities to natural resources, a storm water system and/or a storm drainage system warrant special protection.
View the Sediment and Erosion Control Ordinance.
During construction, the following must be kept onsite: The approved Erosion and Sediment Control Plan The City Sediment Control Permit Copies of any other issued permits affecting sediment control
During Permit coverage the Applicant and/or Responsible Personnel (sediment control) must conduct self-inspections for compliance with the Approved Sediment Control Plan Permits at the following intervals: Weekly Within 24 hours after a significant precipitation event of .25” or more occurs At the direction of the DepartmentMaintain all self-inspection reports conducted by the Applicant of Responsible Personnel at the Site.Report any observed violations of this Ordinance to the Department within a reasonable amount of time.Take reasonable measures to correct and/or mitigate for any violations of this Ordinance.Maintain Site and Erosion Control Best Management Practices continuously
Please note: Application must be signed by the person or authorized corporate representative posting the bond at the time of submission.Application must be submitted along with plans, fees, and relevant checklists which have been completed and signed (e.g., Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Review Checklist, Single Family Home and Site Development Plan Checklists).
It is the applicant’s responsibility to set up and coordinate a pre-construction meeting with inspectors and field staff. Your assigned inspectors with contact info will be listed on your permits in the conditions section. No work may begin until this meeting is held including demolition, excavation, grading or any land disturbing activity. During the meeting, minor field modifications can be made to the plans if necessary. Major changes to the plan may require a plan revision and re-approval through the City of Rockville Engineering Division.
2. Install Sediment and Erosion Controls
After the pre-construction meeting is held, the applicant must install the sediment and erosion control devices that are shown on the approved SCP plan. The only work that is authorized to be performed is the installation of the controls.
3. Schedule a Notice to Proceed Meeting
Once all sediment and erosion control devices are installed, contact the Sediment Control Inspector to schedule a Notice to Proceed meeting. During this meeting the inspector will verify that all approved controls are installed. If all devices are installed per plan, the Notice to Proceed with construction related activities will be issued.
In addition, the HDC provides courtesy reviews to property owners at its monthly meetings. Owners must submit rough designs and other materials prior to the meeting so that Commissioners can work with them on finalizing a design scheme that is compatible with the historic district. Call or email the Historic Preservation staff to schedule a courtesy review.
Peerless Rockville also has archives and collections on local properties and people as does the Montgomery County Historical Society. The Montgomery County Judicial Center has a wealth of information on land records, wills and court cases.
• Information on City events• Mayor and Council meeting agendas and minutes• Planning Commission meeting agendas and minutes• Updates on City projects and development• Sign up for the weekly electronic newsletter, This Week in Rockville, listservs and news releases.
Watch Rockville Channel 11.Meetings air live on cable channel 11 and available on demand on the City’s Web site. The following meetings are aired live:
• Mayor and Council meetings: most Monday evenings (except August) at 7 p.m.• Planning Commission meetings: the second and fourth Wednesday of each month• Historic District Commission meetings: third Thursday of each month
Read Rockville Reports.This newsletter is delivered to each Rockville address 10 times each year. Call 240-314-5000 to have an additional copy sent to you or read it online on the City’s Web site.
Attend Rockville University.A free, six-week citizen awareness program, Rockville University teaches Rockville residents about the city’s history, its government and its neighborhoods. Call the Neighborhood Resources Division at 240-314-8340 for information.
Speak at Community Forum.Held during most Mayor and Council meetings, residents may speak for up to three minutes. Priorityis given to speakers who sign up in advance by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 240-314-8280 by 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
Meet with the Mayor or a council member.Drop-in times are held once a month on Monday evening prior to the Mayor and Council meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call the City Clerk’s Office at 240-314-8280 to sign up.
Testify at a public hearing.Public hearings are held during regular Mayor and Council meetings and are topic specific. To speak, call the City Clerk’s Office at 240-314-8280 by 4 p.m. on the date of the hearing. Individuals are allowed three minutes to speak, and persons representing organizations are allowed five minutes.
Written testimony can be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to City Clerk’s Office, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.
Make a request; report a problem or comment on City services.Contact the Citizen Service Request Coordinator by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone at 240-314-8139 or by mail at City Manager’s Office, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.
Attend public meetings.The City sponsors public meetings to gather input from Rockville residents. Check the Web site for meetings in your area.
• Find out which civic association is closest to your home and what is happening in your neighborhood.• Sign up for the electronic newsletter.
Attend a neighborhood meeting.Contact your local civic association for meeting times and dates.
Attend public meetings.Look on the City’s Web site, in Rockville Reports or in the weekly e-newsletter, This Week in Rockville, to find out it if public meetings will be held in your area.
Volunteer with the Recreation and Parks Department.Contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 240-314-8620 or 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.
Volunteer with the Community Services Division.Contact the Community Services Division at 240-314-8310 or 30 Courthouse Square, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
Mayor and Council:email@example.com
Citizen service request:firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighborhood Resources Division:email@example.com
Accident reports, which were written by Rockville City Police Officers, can be obtained in person at the Rockville City Police Department, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for a report is $5.00.
Most meters are operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meters in Rockville's Town Center are operational from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The police department would post temporary No Parking signs 24-48 hours in advance, and are typically only granted for a one day event.
For more information, please contact the City's Parking Enforcement Unit at 240-314-8942.
The Office must receive a completed Pet Registration Application, check for payment and a copy of the rabies certificate. All documents should be mailed to:
Rockville City Police Neighborhood Services Division 2 West Montgomery Avenue Rockville, MD 20850
MVA will only accept a fax copy from the customer service center or Rockville City Police Department.
Please mail to Rockville City Police Department, Photo Enforcement Unit – Transfer of Liability, 2 West Montgomery Avenue., Rockville, MD 20850.
Travel: Travel documentation such as itinerary or airline, train or bus tickets showing your name and dates, time and travel destination, or hotel receipts also showing your name, dates and location of occupancy.
Loan Vehicle to Relatives or Friends: Letter or other statement from the person accepting responsibility or evidence that you were not operating the vehicle (such as statements from employer that you were working, traveling, etc.) and the name, address and other identifying information of the person who was operating the vehicle.
Vehicle Being Serviced: Copy of repair or service bills that cover the time of the issuance of the citation. All identifying information of service entity must be provided on bill or invoice.
Medical Disability or Incapacitation: Competent documentation from a medical professional such as a doctor, surgeon and Emergency Room, etc., which substantiates your disability, at the time the citation issued. (Do not disclose any medical diagnoses or health conditions.) Documentation must have medical personnel’s contact information identified.
Lease of vehicle: Copy of lease agreement with all identifying information, including signatures of parties and the effective dates of the lease.
Vehicle Sold: Copy of Bill of Sale.
Military Duty: Copy of military orders or certified statement from commanding officer individual was on military duty at the time the citation was issued.
Deceased or Incapacity: Death certificate, certified statement from estate administrator, conservator or guardian.
While the law does not specifically require you to identify who was operating the vehicle at the time of the violation, your chances of having the Court transfer liability to another person is substantially enhanced if you include the name, address and, if known, the date of birth and driver’s license number of the person operating the vehicle at the time of the violation.
Montgomery County Police does offer fingerprint services for cards - this link will provide a list of locations and fingerprint hours. http://www.mymcpnews.com/resources/how-to/fingerprinting/
Below is a list of commercial private fingerprinting providers which may still offer card fingerprint services.
Commercial Fingerprinting Services for Montgomery County
Each provider is contracted through the Criminal Justice Information System. As a result, the Maryland State Police does not regulate each provider’s fee for the service. It is recommended that you contact each provider in regards to your specific needs. Additional information can be obtained here.
911 Security & Investigations, LLC8115 Fenton Street Suite 303Silver Spring, Maryland 20910Phone: 301-755-6138 All American Protective Services, LLC6701 Democracy Blvd Suite 101Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone: 301-296-4499 All American Protective Services, LLC12501 Prosperity Drive Suite 200Silver Spring, Maryland 20904Phone: 240-670-7952 All American Protective Services, LLC7361 Calhoun Place Suite 485Rockville, Maryland 20855Phone: 301-296-4499 American Fingerprinting Services4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 200Bethesda, Maryland 20814Phone: 240-235-0974
Every attempt is made to ensure the quality of the image.
Please give yourself a large window of time to be fingerprinted, in the event of high volume or exceptional circumstances.
Copy and paste this link for a list of fees http://www.rockvillemd.gov/index.aspx?nid=1603
1. If your background check is being sent to a government agency you may also need an ORI number.
2. You must bring a valid form of government identification. (Examples: driver's license, Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization, passport, Work Visa with photo or Military Identification)
3. Fill out the Pre-Registration Fingerprint Form - click on "Pre-Registration Form" on the left tab.
4. Bring payment: Visa, MasterCard, check, and cash are accepted.
Hands should be clean, without bandages or broken skin. If you have an injury that prevents you from rotating your arm or wrist, please wait until you can do so.
During the winter season or if you have especially dry hands, using water-based lotion prior to fingerprinting can help.
1. A current state issued driver's license 2. Certificate of U.S. Citizenship or Naturalization3. U.S. Passport or unexpired foreign passport4. Military Identification Card5. Work Visa with Photo
To report outdoor air quality violations, use the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s online form, call 311, or email DEP.
FEMA Flood Map Service Center
Large metal items (hot water heaters, refrigerators, washers, dryers, bicycles), electronics (computers, televisions, phones) and household hazardous materials (pesticides, tires, auto fluids, car batteries and florescent light bulbs) are collected by appointment.
Bulk refuse that is too big to fit in the cart (furniture, rugs, mattresses, etc.) is collected by appointment. Each home is provided with six special bulk refuse collections each year.
To schedule a special collection, call 240-314-8568.
City crews coordinate road clearing and sidewalk work depending on the severity of the storm. Accessible curb ramps, sidewalks and pathways that abut publicly-owned property are cleared by crews from City departments.
To report trash or debris blocking a storm drain in the right-of-way on public property owned or maintained by the City of Rockville, contact Operations & Maintenance at 240-314-8570.
The City measured the impervious square footage for all non-residential properties using aerial photography. A stormwater management utility rate was developed to fairly allocate costs based on each property’s share of impervious area. Single-family detached house owners pay for one ERU as a flat rate and all other property owners pay the fee calculated from this ERU rate multiplied by the amount of impervious area within their properties, expressed in multiples of ERUs.
This non-residential impervious surface measurement will be updated every two years based on updated aerial photography. The ERU rate is subject to change based on the program’s funding needs. It is set through Mayor and Council approval during the annual budget process.
Runoff also picks up pollutants such as grit, oil and heavy metals from autos, pesticides and fertilizers from lawns, and sediment from bare spots. These pollutants impair Rockville’s streams, the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Stormwater management (SWM) facilities treat runoff by trapping pollutants and trash, and slowing the water’s release rate, which reduces downstream erosion. The City is required via federal and State law to manage and treat stormwater. In addition, public safety requires conveyance of stormwater to avoid flooding and downstream property damage.
The City also uses the fee to fund City efforts to comply with State and Federal Clean Water Act regulations including National Pollution Discharge and Elimination Systems (NPDES) and Total Maximum Daily Load implementation.Specific activities include, but are not limited to:• Outreach and education programs like Rainscapes Rewards, Save our Streams and Adopt-A- Stream; • Enforcement of illegal dumping via the City’s Water Quality Protection Ordinance; • Inspection of private and public stormwater management facilities; • Emergency spill containment and cleanup; • Watershed studies and plans; • Upgrading old SWM facilities or creating new ones in older areas of the City, as well as stream restoration and drainage improvements; and • Water quality monitoring.
The credit helps offset ongoing costs for regular inspections, maintenance and repairs made to the owner's private stormwater management facilities. It does not apply to stormwater management facilities maintained by the City of Rockville, or facilities where the owner provides only aesthetic maintenance, such as mowing or enhanced landscaping. Owners receiving credits must submit, every three years, recertification inspection reports to document that their stormwater management facilities continue to be properly maintained.
Fee credits are prorated based on the amount of impervious area treated within the property, and by the type and age of the stormwater management facility. The stormwater management facility must be operating as originally designed and be in good condition.
To receive the fee credit in time for July utility fee bills, credit applications must be submitted to Rockville Department Public Works by April 15 and approved by May 15. Applications after those dates will be reviewed and any approved credits will be applied to next year's utility fee bill.The application requires documentation and an inspection report prepared by a professional engineer. A $150 application fee is due with the completed application and supporting documentation.