Sewage Sludge Utilization Permit Details

Sewage Sludge Utilization Permit

General Info - Statewide License


The application of sewage sludge to land returns essential nutrients to the soil, adds organic matter, and can improve the tillabilty and moisture retention capability of the soil. A sewage sludge utilization permit is required b y the Maryland Department of Environment for any person who treats, composts, transports, stores, distributes, applies to land, incinerates, conducts innovative or research projects or disposes of sewage sludge or septage (effluent from septic tanks) in Maryland. 

Sewage sludge (also known as biosolids) is not sewage. It is one of the final products of the treatment of sewage at a wastewater treatment plant. After treatment to break down the organic matter and destroy disease causing organisms, the remaining fine particles ultimately become sewage sludge.


  • Valid for 5 years

    Revised 07/05/2019

  • - s

    Approval time

  • $25.0 - $750.0

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. The applicant submits a completed application and the six copies (4 copies for renewals) to be distributed to local agencies.

  2. The Department conducts an inspection of the proposed site.

  3. For applications to apply sewage sludge to marginal land (reclamation site), or for the construction of a permanent facility (a treatment or composting facility, or an incinerator), the Department will publish a notice of application received in a local newspaper. Upon request from the local government, the Department will publish notice and conduct a public

    informational meeting for applications to apply sewage sludge to agricultural land or a public hearing on an application to apply sewage sludge to marginal land (reclamation site) or for construction of a permanent facility; OR

  4. For applications to install, materially alter or materially extend a structure used for the storage or distribution of sewage sludge. After completion of the technical review of the application, the Department prepares and publishes a notice of tentative determination.

  5. After the close of the public hearing record, the Department provides written responses to the comments and publishes a notice of final determination on the application, and if a final determination is not required, the Department's tentative determination becomes a final decision.


Apply for the License

Ready to apply?

Agency/Contact

License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Maryland Department of Environment

Contact Information

A.Hussain Alhija

Email: Hussain.Alhija@maryland.gov

Tel: (410) 537-3375



Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of Environment the legal authority to issue this approval?

STATE: Environment Article - Title 9, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland; COMAR 26.04.06.