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Maryland Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Nontidal wetlands regulations: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.23.01.01 to 26.23.06.03

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Nontidal wetland activities: COMAR 26.23.01.01

Nontidal wetland exemptions: COMAR 26.23.01.02

Letter of exemption: COMAR 26.23.03.01 and COMAR 26.23.03.02

Applications: COMAR 26.23.02.01 to 26.23.02.09

Mitigation: COMAR 26.23.04.01 to 26.23.04.07

Enforcement: COMAR 26.23.01.05

Special state concern areas: COMAR 26.23.06.01 to 26.23.06.03

Tidal wetlands: COMAR 26.24.01.01 to 26.24.05.02

Application process: COMAR 26.24.02.02

Exemptions: COMAR 26.24.02.01

Private wetlands: COMAR 26.24.01.01

Maintenance dredging: COMAR 26.24.03.01

Filling tidal wetlands: COMAR 26.24.03.06

Shoreline stabilization: COMAR 26.24.04.01 to 26.24.04.04

Construction on nontidal waters and floodplains: COMAR 26.17.04.01 to 26.17.04.13

Permit Applications: COMAR 26.17.04.04

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration Wetlands and Waterways Program

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Baltimore District Office Pittsburgh District Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland follows the federal wetlands permitting regulations. The state authorizes and prohibits certain activities in private wetlands. Some activities may require permits, while others may require only notification to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) or nothing at all. The state offers a joint federal/state application for the alteration of any floodplain, waterway, and tidal or nontidal wetland in Maryland.

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