Waterway and 100-Year Floodplain (Non-Tidal Wetlands and Waterway Permit)
General Info - Statewide Permit
Waterway construction regulations assure that activities in a waterway or its floodplain do not create flooding on upstream or downstream property, maintain fish habitat and migration, and protect waterways from erosion. Authorization is required for construction or repair of the following projects in a waterway or a 100-year floodplain: Dams and reservoirs, bridges and culverts, excavation, filling or construction, channelization, changing the course, current or cross-section of any stream, temporary construction (e.g. utility lines) or any other similar project. Ponds and dams require a separate review.
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
Complete a "Joint Federal/State Application for the Alteration of any Floodplain, Waterway, Tidal or Non-tidal Wetland in Maryland" application.
Mail the original plus six (6) copies of the application, plans, vicinity maps, and any supporting documentation.
Upon receipt of the application package, the RSC will enter and screen the application and will forward the application to the appropriate Divisions and governmental agencies. The RSC receives applications for the Nontidal Wetlands Division, Tidal Wetlands Division, Waterway Construction Division, and the Dam Safety Division of the Maryland Department of the Environment, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Department conducts the application review in cooperation with local, State and federal agencies.
Depending on the nature of the project, it may be advertised for comment and an opportunity for a public informational hearing. The applicant may be required to notify adjacent property owners.
What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of Environment the legal authority to issue this approval?
STATE: Environment Article, §§1-404, 5-501—514, Annotated Code of Maryland; COMAR 26.17.04.