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The rate for the In Lieu Fee for tidal wetland project impacts will be adjusted to $2.07/per square foot ($90,000/acre) starting in January 2024.  Click here to view the memo that describes this change.



COMAR 23.02.04 Board of Public Works - State Tidal Wetlands Licensing Procedures

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COMAR 26.24 Department of the Environment - Tidal Wetlands

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Title 16 Wetlands and Riparian Rights, Environment Article, Maryland Annotated Code

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Maryland Department of Environment, Wetlands and Waterways​

Tidal Wetland Permits and Licenses​​

MDE Compliance & Complaints

The Chesapeake Bay Program

Tidal Wetlands Consultants List

Maryland Marine Contractors Licensing Board​

Maryland Department of Natural Resources​


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3​

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service​



​Wetlands Administration

​​The State of Maryland seeks to preserve and prevent unnecessary disturbance to the wetlands. An individual or organization who intends to dredge or fill tidal wetlands must first obtain a state tidal Wetlands License. Before a license is issued, the state tidal wetlands law requires consideration of "the varying ecological, economic, developmental, recreational, and aesthetic values" the project presents.

The Board of Public Works authorizes tidal Wetlands Licenses. In some cases, the Board allows the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to directly issue a license. In other cases, MDE reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the Board as to whether a license should be issued. In those latter cases, the Board's Wetlands Administrator receives MDE's recommendation, makes his own independent review, and then submits a recommendation to the Board of Public Works. The Board votes to grant or deny the license application at one of its open meetings. 

Activities Requiring Tidal Wetlands License

A Wetlands License is required before you dredge, fill, or alter state tidal wetlands. This includes horizontal directional drilling. 

Examples of activities for which you need a license are:
  • Beach nourishment
  • Boat ramps
  • Bulkheads
  • Dredge or basin excavation
  • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD)
  • Jetties or some groins
  • Marsh creation
  • Mooring piles
  • Piers and boat lifts
  • Stone breakwaters
  • Stone revetments
  • Utility lines, pipes, and conduits

License Types​

General Licenses

A General License is authorized for activities that are "minimally disruptive." These activities are listed at COMAR The Maryland Department of the Environment issues general licenses directly to the applicant.

Individual Licenses

An Individual License is required if a project involves construction or activity that does not fit into the specific general license categories. The Board of Public Works itself issues individual licenses for projects that do not qualify for a general license. MDE gives the application the initial review, prepares a report and recommendation, and forwards the report to the Board's Wetlands Administrator who, upon review, concurs with it or prepares his own recommendation. Then, the Wetlands Administrator submits the entire record to the Board of Public Works for consideration at an open meeting.

Emergency Licenses

An Emergency License may be issued on an emergency basis if the Wetlands Administrator and MDE agree that an emergency condition or undue hardship necessitates immediate action. However, after an emergency license is issued, the Board will review the matter at an open meeting and determine whether to ratify, modify, or revoke, the license.


Applicants for tidal Wetlands Licenses - whether applying for General, Individual, or Emergency Licenses - must fill out the Joint Federal/State Application for the Alteration of Any Tidal Wetland in Maryland and submit it to MDE. See MDE's Web site for application information​. ​

License Fees

Wetlands license fees were eliminated on June 28, 2021 with implementation of updated BPW tidal wetlands regulations. But note: compensation or mitigation fees may still be assessed on a particular license for some impacts to State tidal wetlands.

US Army Corps of Engineers

For information on federal licensing procedures, go to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Contact Info

Bill Morgante
Wetlands Administrator

Email: bill.morgante@maryland.gov​
Phone: 410.260.7791

Audrey Smylie
Wetlands Administration Associate

Email: audrey.smylie@maryland.gov​
Phone: 410.260.7791

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