General Info

Offshore Blind and Shoreline Licensing for Riparian Landowners

Statewide Permit

A permit for any person owning riparian property in Maryland to license their shoreline and, if desired, to establish an offshore duck blind.

Any riparian landowner, regardless of how much shoreline they own, may license their shoreline to prevent the shoreline from being licensed at a later date by someone else. Once a stretch of shoreline is licensed, no other person may receive a license for the same shoreline, whether or not the original licensee establishes a stationary blind or blind site. Riparian landowners wishing to establish an offshore blind must either own at least 250 yards of continuous shoreline or they must have written permission from adjoining neighbors to total at least 250 yards of continuous shoreline, except that a riparian landowner who does not own or have written permission for shoreline totaling at least 250 yards may still establish a blind site (but not a stationary blind) if no other shoreline is licensed within 125 yards of the blind site. If an applicant submits an application and the location of the blind fails to meet the 125-yard test, the shoreline will still be licensed only.

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Valid for 1-3 years Revised : No Date
1-2 months Approval time
$20-$60 Application cost
30-45 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

In addition to the application, a map must be included showing the exact location of the shoreline to be licensed and the exact location of the proposed offshore blinds, if any.

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file

How do I maintain or renew my permit?

Maintaining Your Permit

Renewal after 1-3 years

You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your permit

Permit may be renewed annually or every three years.

Permit issuer



Who issues the permit?

Department of Natural Resources

Contact information

Permits Coordinator
Tel: (410) 260-8540 / Fax: (410) 260-8596
Work hours: 9 am - 5 pm

Address: Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Avenue E-1, Annapolis, MD 21401

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file


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