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23.02.04.00.htm 23.02.04.00. Title 23 BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS Subtitle 02 PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION Chapter 04 State Tidal Wetlands Licensing Procedures Authority: Environment Article, §16-201―16-205; State Finance and Procurement Article, §10-203; Annotated Code of Maryland
23.02.04.01.htm 23.02.04.01. 01 Purpose.. A. The purpose of this chapter is to advance the best interest of the State with respect to State tidal wetlands, including preserving the rights of riparian owners.B. The State holds State tidal wetlands in both a proprietary capacity and in sovereign trust for the benefit of the people of Maryland. In determining whether to issue a State tidal wetlands license, the Board of Public Works has the same discretion that any owner has in deciding whether to grant t
23.02.04.02.htm 23.02.04.02. 02 Scope.. A. This chapter sets forth the procedures of the Board of Public Works for the licensing of all dredging, filling, or altering of State tidal wetlands. This includes the construction, reconstruction, or repair of structures, or of nonstructural shoreline stabilization measures, on State tidal wetlands.B. A license issued under this chapter does not convey ownership of lands or the affected air space, or diminish the full and free use and enjoyment b
23.02.04.03.htm 23.02.04.03. 03 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following words have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Administrator” means the Wetlands Administrator for the Board of Public Works.. 2) “Board” means the Maryland Board of Public Works.. 3) “Critical area” consists of the following areas, as indicated on the Statewide Base Map:. a) All waters of and lands under the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to the head of tide;. b) All State and private wetlands designated under
23.02.04.04.htm 23.02.04.04. 04 License Requirement.. A. A person may not conduct the following activities over, on, in, or under State tidal wetlands without a license except as provided for in §E of this regulation:1) Dredging;. 2) Filling;. 3) Constructing, reconstructing, repairing, or altering structures, trestles, conduits, cables, pipelines, intake or discharge pipes, or similar devices or apparatuses;4) Constructing a shore erosion control project, including a living shoreline; or.
23.02.04.05.htm 23.02.04.05. 05 Delegation to the Department.. A. The Board delegates to the Department the authority to grant, deny, or grant with conditions a State tidal wetlands general license for the following activities:1) Except for applications for nonwater-dependent projects under Environment Article, §16-104, Annotated Code of Maryland, constructing pilings or fixed or floating private, noncommercial piers and platforms that are not exempt from licensure under Regulation .04E(1) of this chapter;
23.02.04.06.htm 23.02.04.06. 06 Types of Licenses.. A. General License.. 1) A general license is an authorization for the activities identified in Regulation .05A of this chapter involving State tidal wetlands.2) To obtain a general license, a person shall apply to the Department in accordance with the procedures in COMAR 26.24.02.04.3) The Department:. a) Shall, within 45 days of receipt of an application, notify the applicant whether the application is complete and the wetland delineation is correct; and
23.02.04.07.htm 23.02.04.07. 07 Nonwater-Dependent Projects on a Pier.. A. This regulation does not apply to nonwater-dependent projects located on State tidal wetlands in Prince George’s County.B. The Board may issue an individual license authorizing a nonwater-dependent project on a pier if:. 1) The project is on a pier constructed on or after January 1, 2013, and meets the following criteria:a) Involves a commercial activity that is permitted as a secondary or accessory use to a permitted p
23.02.04.08.htm 23.02.04.08. 08 Department’s Report and Recommendation.. A. The Department shall submit a written Report and Recommendation for each application for an individual license to the Administrator that includes the following:1) Name and complete contact information for the applicant, and its agent, if any;. 2) Location of the project including the name of the impacted waterbody;. 3) Whether the license should be granted;. 4) Any conditions under which the license should be granted;.
23.02.04.09.htm 23.02.04.09. 09 Board Action on Applications for Individual Licenses.. A. The Board shall grant or conditionally grant, or deny, an individual license upon determining if issuance of the license is:1) Sufficient to the attainment of riparian rights; and. 2) Reasonable in accordance with the best interests of the State.. B. In making its determination, the Board shall:. 1) Consider the recommendations of the Department, the report of the Board’s Administrator, any public testimony at an inform
23.02.04.10.htm 23.02.04.10. 10 Terms and Conditions.. A. All conditions take effect upon license issuance, unless specifically stated otherwise.. B. Standard Conditions.. 1) A State tidal wetlands license shall carry standard conditions.. 2) The Board shall approve a template for licenses, including standard terms and conditions, and publish the template on its website.3) The Department and the Administrator may recommend to the Board revisions to the license template.C. Special Conditions..
23.02.04.11.htm 23.02.04.11. 11 Mitigation.. A. The Department or the Administrator may recommend:. 1) Mitigation designed to replace the values and functions associated with the wetlands to be impacted as set forth in this regulation and COMAR 26.24.05.01; or2) When mitigation is not feasible, monetary compensation in lieu of mitigation.. B. To make the recommendation under §A of this regulation, the Department or the Administrator shall follow the process in COMAR 26.24, including mult
23.02.04.12.htm 23.02.04.12. 12 Compensation.. A. Except for any license issued to a governmental unit, the Board may require as a license condition that the licensee pay compensation to the State in an amount the Board deems appropriate for the following activities:1) Filling to make upland;. 2) Dredging or severance of material unrelated to navigational need; or. 3) Similar nonriparian use.. B. Except for any license issued to a governmental unit, the Board shall require as a license condit
23.02.04.13.htm 23.02.04.13. 13 Individual License Issuance.. A. Upon the Board’s favorable action, the Administrator shall:. 1) Prepare the individual license in accordance with the Board’s action;. 2) Transmit the license to the applicant for signature; and. 3) Advise the applicant in writing to sign and return the license to the Administrator, indicating acceptance of the terms and conditions.B. If an applicant fails within 90 days of transmittal to sign and return an individual license to t
23.02.04.14.htm 23.02.04.14. 14 License Expiration.. A. Duration.. 1) A general license issued by the Department expires after 3 years, unless extended under Regulation .15 of this chapter.2) An individual license expires after 3 years unless:. a) The Board authorizes a longer initial period for an individual license; or. b) The license is extended under Regulation .15 of this chapter.. 3) Licenses authorizing periodic maintenance dredging are valid for a maximum period of 6 years.. 4) An emergency license h
23.02.04.15.htm 23.02.04.15. 15 License Extension.. A. The Department may extend a general license if the licensed activity remains an activity listed in Regulation .05A of this chapter.B. The Administrator may extend an individual or an emergency license upon receipt of the licensee’s request under §E of this regulation and a favorable written recommendation by the Department, except for the following licenses:1) A license for maintenance dredging under Regulation .14A(3) of this chapter; or.
23.02.04.16.htm 23.02.04.16. 16 License Modification.. A. A licensee or the Department may request in writing that the description of the authorized structure or activity or the conditions of an individual or emergency license be modified and shall state the reason for the request.B. The Administrator may modify an individual or emergency license if the Department provides a favorable written recommendation and:1) The modification is minor; or. 2) The Department determines that the structure or
23.02.04.17.htm 23.02.04.17. 17 License Transfer.. A. The Administrator may transfer a license upon receipt of a written request, with supporting documentation, from the new riparian landowner, the licensee’s successor in interest, or the new holder of the riparian rights.B. The Administrator shall mail the new license to the licensee for signature.. C. Upon receipt of the signed license, the Administrator shall sign and promptly transmit a copy of the fully signed license to the licensee and the Department.
23.02.04.18.htm 23.02.04.18. 18 License Suspension or Revocation.. A. The Board or its designee may suspend or permanently revoke a license when the action is considered to be in the State’s interest, after consulting with the Administrator and the Department.B. Grounds for suspension or revocation include:. 1) Violation of:. a) Environment Article, Title 16, Annotated Code of Maryland;. b) COMAR 26.24; or. c) This chapter;. 2) Failure of a licensee to comply with the requirements of an administrati
23.02.04.19.htm 23.02.04.19. 19 Appeals.. A. The Administrator shall promptly notify, by certified mail, the applicant and all other interested persons who provided written or oral comments to the Board of the Board’s action to grant, deny, modify, suspend, or revoke a license.B. Within 30 days after receiving the Board’s decision, any person with standing may petition the circuit court in the county where the land is locateC. A person has standing to file a petition under §B of this regulation if the person:.
23.02.04.9999.htm 23.02.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date: February 14, 1994 (21:3 Md. R. 195). Regulation .01A, C amended effective June 17, 1996 (23:12 Md. R. 873). Regulation .02A amended effective June 17, 1996 (23:12 Md. R. 873). Regulation .03 amended effective June 17, 1996 (23:12 Md. R. 873). Regulation .03B amended effective January 16, 2006 (33:1 Md. R. 37). Regulation .04 amended effective June 17, 1996 (23:12 Md. R. 873).
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