.04 Time Limitations Upon Applications.

A. A person proposing to construct a water system, sewage disposal system, or both, for public use shall apply to the Commission for prior authority to construct the system and to exercise its franchises or rights within one calendar year of:

(1) If appropriate, the granting of a local franchise or official notice that a local franchise is not required; or

(2) The filing with and acceptance of the applicant's articles of incorporation by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

B. Upon an applicant's request and showing of good cause, the Commission may grant an extension of time.

C. Failure to apply to the Commission within the time limits set forth in §A of this regulation may result in forfeitures as set forth in Public Utilities Article, §13-205, Annotated Code of Maryland.