Environmental Protection and Sustainability
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Laws, Regulations and Policy

Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) implements and enforces a variety of Federal, State and local regulations to protect and enhance Baltimore County’s natural resources. Programs involved with these activities include:

Agricultural and Land Preservation

The Land Preservation Regulations (PDF) contain Section 26-277(c) of the Baltimore County Code which provides requirements for review of construction and subdivision on prime and productive soils on RC-2 zoned land.

Environmental Impact Review

Find information on the Environmental Impact Review:

Ground Water Management

The Ground Water Management Section is generally responsible for enforcing the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.04. Specific county laws, regulations, and policies related to these responsibilities include:

  • Ground Water Management Regulations (PDF) – This document contains Section 1.03 of the Code of Baltimore County Regulations (COBAR) that was adopted April 22, 2005, and revised April 22, 2011. It pertains to on-site sewage disposal, domestic well water supplies, and residential underground storage tanks. Please note that these regulations will be used in conjunction with the applicable sections of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), and the Baltimore County Code that are not included in this document.
  • Ground Water Management Policy Manual (PDF) – This document contains the policies of the Ground Water Management Section of EPS adopted on April 22, 2005, and revised April 22, 2011. These policies are used in conjunction with applicable state and county laws and regulations. The appendices referred to in the policy manual are available in PDF format in the Forms section.
  • Golf Course Environmental Guidelines  (PDF) – Guidelines for the design and maintenance of golf courses in order to minimize their impact on the natural resources of Baltimore County.
  • Baltimore County Well Law – This document contains Title 2 Section 34-2 of the Baltimore County Code which details the requirement for transferring properties served by or to be served by private well supplies.

Inspection and Enforcement

The Inspection and Enforcement Section moved to the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections in February 2012.

The Grading Regulations (PDF) contains Section 1.04 of the Code of the Baltimore County Regulations (COBAR) which was adopted on April 22, 2005, and pertains to excavating, grading, sediment control, and forest management in Baltimore County.

Stormwater Engineering

The Stormwater Management Regulations (PDF) contain Article 33: Title 4 of the Baltimore County Code that was adopted in response to Stormwater Management (SWM) Act of 2007. The intent of the Act it to  improve the effects of storm water runoff, and thereby improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Article 33: Title 4 significantly affects the design of storm water components for land development projects. Some of the more significant changes are:

  • Environmental Site Design to the Maximum Extent Practicable must be addressed for all projects, including redevelopment.
  • Three sequential plan submissions and reviews are now required: Concept SWM Plan; Development SWM Plan; and Final SWM Plan.
  • Redevelopment projects will require 50 percent reduction in impervious surface or equivalent water quality management. Currently the requirement is 20 percent.
  • No grading or building permits may be issued until sediment control and SWM plans are signed.

To review the COMAR revisions and become familiar with all the changes to the Design Manual, visit the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Review and download stormwater engineering checklists for submission to Stormwater Engineering.

Revised July 22, 2015

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