Junkyard and Scrap Metal Processing Facility License
General Info - Statewide License
Junkyards established or expanded before January 1, 1968, must have an MDOT SHA junkyard license and conform to all federal and state regulations. Locations or properties include automobile graveyards, landfills, and recycling operations. To obtain a license or seek information about this program, please contact the MDOT SHA Office of Real Estate at 410-545-2819 or 1-888-204-4245 (toll-free).
The Federal Highway Beautification Act of 1965 requires states to provide effective control of junkyards along federally funded highways. In addition, state laws regulate junkyards along state-maintained highways (Sections 8-801 thru 8-812, Annotated Code of Maryland). These laws allow MDOT SHA, as the regulatory agency, to monitor junkyards and keep Maryland highways and roadsides beautiful and safe.
Obtaining the License
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Any new junkyard, landfill, or recycling operation established after January 1, 1968, must be screened according to Federal and State regulations. Businesses established prior to 1968 must also maintain their existing screening along the highway.
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Maintaining Your License
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)
The license expires on December 31st each year and must be renewed annually.
What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of Transportation the legal authority to issue this approval?
Sections 8-801 thru 8-812, Annotated Code of Maryland