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Environmental Health Laws

The laws and regulations that govern the work of the Environmental Health Services Division are categorized below. The state law articles are featured in the Annotated Code of Maryland. County laws are featured in the Baltimore County Code.

Aquatic Venues (All Parts)

Federal Laws

  • 15 U.S.C. §8003 (Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act)
  • Safe Drinking Water Act

Federal Guidance Documents

  • Centers for Diseases Control—Model Aquatic Code, Second Edition

State Laws

  • Health-General Article, §2-102, 2-104, 18-102 and 20-303

State Regulations

  • COMAR 10.17.01
  • COMAR 10.17.02
  • COMAR 26.08.09

County Laws

  • Baltimore County Charter §539; and Article 3, Title 3 and Subtitle 16; Article 3, Title 7; and Article 13, Title 6

County Regulations

  • COBCR 1.05.02

Food (All Parts)

Federal Laws

  • 21 U.S.C. §343, as amended
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011

Federal Regulations

  • 9 CFR, as amended
  • 21 CFR, as amended

Federal Guidance Documents

  • Food and Drug Administration—2015 Model Food Code

State Laws

  • Agriculture Article
  • Environment Articles
  • Health-General Article

State Regulations

  • COMAR 10.15.03
  • COMAR 10.15.04
  • COMAR 26.04.01

County Laws

  • Baltimore County Charter §539; and §§3-2-604,3-2-605,13-1-101,thru 13-1-104 and 13-10-101

County Regulations

  • COBCR 1.01.01

Health Care and Related Facilities

State Laws

Acute General and Special Hospitals

  • Health-General Article, §§19-307.2, 19-308, 19-308.6, 19-308.8, 19-318—19-320, 19-323 and 19-349.1
  • Insurance Article, Title 4, Subtitle 4
  • Public Safety Article, §14-110.1

Comprehensive Care Facilities and Extended Care Facilities Authority

  • Health-General Article, §§19-308, 19-308.1, 19-323 and 19-1401 et seq.
  • Public Safety Article, §14-110.1

Related Institutions—Residential Treatment Centers for Emotionally Disturbed Children and Adolescents Authority

  • Health-General Article, §19-308

Assisted Living Programs Authority

  • Health-General Article, Title 19, Subtitle 18

Day Care for the Elderly and Adults with a Medical Disability Authority

  • Health-General Article, §§2-104, 14-206 and 14-304
  • State Government Article, §10-226

Treatment Foster Care Authority

  • Family Law Article, §§5-501—5-534
  • Agency Note: Federal Regulatory Reference 45 CFR §§228.13 and 228.42

Psychiatric Day Treatment Services Authority

  • Health-General Article, §2-104

Standards for Residential Child Care Programs Authority

  • Education Article, §§8-301—8-303 and 8-401—8-417
  • Family Law Article, §§5-506 and 5-508—5-510
  • Health-General Article, §§2-104, 7-904, 8-404, 10-922 and 10-924
  • Health Occupations Article, §20-302
  • Human Services Article, §§2-209, 2-212, 9-203, 9-204, 9-221, 9-231, 9-234 and 9-235

State Regulations

  • COMAR 07.02.17.00 Adult Foster Care
  • COMAR 07.02.21.00 Treatment Foster Care
  • COMAR 10.07.01 Acute General and Special Hospitals
  • COMAR 10.07.02 Comprehensive Care Facilities and Extended Care Facilities
  • COMAR 10.07.04 Related Institutions—Residential Treatment Centers for Emotionally Disturbed Children and Adolescents
  • COMAR 10.07.14 Assisted Living Programs
  • COMAR 10.12.04 Day Care for Elderly and Adults with a Medical Disability
  • COMAR 10.21.02.00 Psychiatric Day Treatment Services
  • COMAR 10.21.21.00 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs for Adults
  • COMAR 14.31.06.00 Independent Agencies Subtitle 31 Office for Children

Memorandum of Understanding

  • MOU between Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Baltimore County, Maryland

Nuisances

State Regulations

  • COMAR 26.04.01
  • COMAR 26.04.02
  • COMAR 26.04.04
  • COMAR 26.08.10

County Laws

  • Article 13, Title 7

Memorandum of Understanding

  • Article 3, Title 7 of the Baltimore County Code

Water

Federal Laws

TNC (Drinking Water)

  • Safe Drinking Water Act

Public Beaches and Recreational Waters

  • Beach Act of 2000
  • National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria EPA-823-B-02-004
  • Recreational Water Quality Criteria (RWQC) 2012
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Water Quality Standards e-CFR Title 40, Part 131

State Laws

Public Beaches and Recreational Waters

  • Environmental Articles

State Regulations

Public Beaches

  • COMAR 26.08.01
  • Water Quality Standards COMAR 26.08.09

Recreational Waters

  • COMAR 26.08.02

State Guidance Documents

Public Beaches and Recreational Waters

  • MDE Guidance for County Recreational Water Quality Monitoring and Notification Programs
 
Revised January 18, 2017         

 

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