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Sediment and Erosion 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 Enforcement of Sediment and Erosion Controls

The Sediment and Erosion Control Inspections check active construction sites for proper grading and sediment and erosion controls compliance and investigates drainage complaints related to construction activities in the County. Please reference the 2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (PDF) for further information.

Grading Permit Requirements

A grading permit is required if the proposed work 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, including 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 engineered 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 October 17, 2016        

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