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Sediment Control Inspections

Contact Information

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room G21
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3226
Fax: 410-887-8081

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grading and Sediment Enforcements

The Sediment Control Inspections oversees active construction sites for proper grading and sediment and erosion control compliance and investigates drainage complaints related to construction activities in the County.

Grading Permit Requirements

A grading permit is required if the proposed grading disturbs over 5,000 square feet of surface area or over 100 cubic yards of earth. A grading permit is required for any grading activities in any watercourse, floodplain, wetland area, buffers (stream and within 100 feet of tidal water), habitat protection areas or forest buffer areas (includes forest conservation areas).

Grading Regulations

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.

Environmental Agreement Guidelines and Forms

Standard Plan Forms

Standard Plans are used in lieu of Sediment and Erosion Control Plans approved by the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District for sites with a limit of disturbance of less than 30,000 square feet for a individual lot single family dwelling and for commercial sites with a limit of disturbance of less than 20,000 square feet.


Revised August 4, 2016        

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