Water Appropriation and Use Permit Details

Water Appropriation and Use Permit

General Info - Statewide Permit


In order to conserve, protect, and use water resources of the State in the best interests of the people of Maryland, it is necessary to control the appropriation or use of surface and underground waters. This permit is required for any activity that withdraws water from the State's surface and/ or underground waters unless exempted below. 


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    Approval time

  • $0.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the Permit

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

  1. Obtain local land use zoning approvals and check for consistency with county water and sewer plan.

  2. Submit application for technical review and include:

    a. Map of project location and service area or structure;

    b. For subdivisions: a preliminary plan with lot sizes;

    c. Explanation of water use;

    d. Average daily use calculated on an annual basis;

    e. For groundwater withdrawal, average daily use during the month of highest use

    f. For surface water, maximum daily use.

  3. Plans and specifications for any facility or structure or conduct and submit special evaluations as requested.


Apply for the Permit

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Agency/Contact

Permit Issuer - Information

Who issues the permit?

Maryland Department of Environment

Contact Information

John Grace

Email: John.Grace@maryland.gov

Tel: (410) 537-3714



Legal Authority

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

STATE: Environment Article, Title 5, §5-203 and §5-501 through §5-516 and §5-5B-01 through §5-5B-05, Annotated Code of Maryland; COMAR 26.17.06 and COMAR 26.17.07.