Coal Mining Permit Details

Coal Mining Permit

General Info - Statewide Permit


Because of the potential environmental problems associated with the mining of coal, Maryland requires a permit prior to beginning any mining operation. Permits are required for surface coal mining, deep coal mining, prospecting, preparation plants, loading facilities, and refuse reclamation operations. 


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    Approval time

  • $10.0 - $200.0

    Application cost

Obtaining the Permit

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

  1. Upon notification that the application is complete, the applicant shall publish notice at least once a week for 4 consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the proposed activity will be located. This notice will explain where to submit comments, how to request a public informational hearing, or how to be placed on the mailing list to receive more information.

  2. Submit an original application plus 3 copies for distribution to federal and state agencies for review and comment to: Department of the Environment

    Bureau of Mines

    160 South Water Street

    Frostburg, Maryland 21532.


Apply for the Permit

Ready to apply?

Agency/Contact

Permit Issuer - Information

Who issues the permit?

Maryland Department of Environment

Contact Information

John E. Carey

Email: John.Carey@maryland.gov

Tel: (301) 689-1440



Legal Authority

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

FEDERAL: Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-87)

STATE: Environment Article, Title 15, Subtitle 5 and Subtitle 6; COMAR 26.20.