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Grading Permits

Grading Permits
Grading Permits are required for projects that may: introduce sediment into any natural or artificial drain way; move more than 100 cubic yards of earth; disturb more than 5,000 square feet of surface area; or create an impervious area exceeding 5,000 square feet.  Grading Permits are typically required for:
  • Commercial development
  • Single-family residences
  • Mining projects
  • Natural gas wells
  • Industrial wind turbines
  • Communication towers
  • Timber harvest projects
  • Proposed roads
  • Placement of fill dirt (Requires a Fill Dirt Grading Permit Exemption Application)
  • New or revised commercial and residential entrances (proposed access onto a State, County or town roadway may also require an entrance permit. Click the sidebar at left for more information about Entrance Permits.)
 
A grading permit or building permit may not be issued for any parcel or lot unless final erosion and sediment control and stormwater management plans have been approved or waived by the Stormwater Management Office as meeting all requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and the Stormwater Management Ordinance. The erosion and sediment control and stormwater management review and approval process is integrated with the County grading permit application review process and for successful applicants results in the issuance of a Garrett County grading permit.
 
 
Grading Permits are subject to applicable provisions of the 2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications, the Garrett County Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, the Garrett County Stormwater Management Ordinance, the Stormwater Management Act of 2007, and may be subject to other State, federal and local requirements. The Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management review and approval process is integrated into the County Grading Permit application.
 
Grading Permits expire 2 years from the date of issuance unless renewed. Application for renewal shall be made at least 2 months prior to the permit expiration date.
 
Fees
Grading Permits are subject to the following fees.  Capital improvement projects, refuse disposal areas, sanitary landfills, and public works projects within Garrett County may be exempt from these fees.
 
 Grading Permit Application
A Grading Permit Application requires the following:
  1. Sufficient information provided to identify property owner, applicant, place, and nature of the work to be done. Grading permit applications are required to be filled out in their entirety with original signature and application fee,
  2. A plan to control erosion and sediment (during construction),
  3. A Stormwater Management Plan to control impervious area runoff (post construction),
  4. The timing sequence of these operations, and
  5. Inspections –
    1. Erosion and Sediment Control – shall be made in accordance with the Garrett County Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, Section 7.0.
    2. Stormwater Management – shall be made in accordance with the Garrett County Stormwater Management Ordinance, Section 8.0.
For Commercial Projects:
  1. A three (3) phased project plan review and approval process.
 Grading Permit Application and Plans Review
The review and approval process shall be in accordance with the integrated plan approval process described in the 2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications; Garrett County’s Stormwater Ordinance, Section 5.2; Garrett County’s Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, Section 7.0; and the Stormwater Management Act of 2007.
 
Residential Project Plan Comprehensive Review and Approval Process
The comprehensive review and approval process for residential development is initiated by the owner/developer making application for a grading permit. The owner/developer shall submit a grading permit application and a standard erosion and sediment control plan for minor earth disturbances to the Grading Permit Office for review and approval.
 
Commercial Project Plan Review and Approval Process
For any proposed commercial development a comprehensive three (3) phased review and approval process is required. The owner/developer shall submit phased erosion and sediment control and stormwater management plans to the Stormwater Management Office for review and approval. The Stormwater Management Office shall determine appropriate agency involvement and coordinate the comment and approval process. The review and approval process is initiated by the first of the three required plans to be submitted:
 
  1. Concept Plan – the first of three required plans submitted under the comprehensive review and approval process that includes the information necessary to allow an initial evaluation of a proposed commercial project.
  1. Site Development Plan – Second of three required plan approvals that includes the information necessary to allow detailed evaluation of proposed commercial project.
  1. Final Plan – the last of three required plans submitted under the comprehensive review and approval process that includes the information necessary to allow all approvals and permits to be issued by the approving agencies in accordance with the specific requirements of the Garrett Soil Conservation District, the 2013 Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, the 2010 Stormwater Management Ordinance, and designed in accordance with the 2011 Maryland Standards and Specifications.
 
Please refer to Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management categories, listed to the right, for specific information required at each phase of project design relative to Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management.
 
Right of Entry
It shall be a condition of every grading permit that the inspection agencies have the right to enter property periodically to inspect for compliance with the approved plan and ordinances.
 
Exemptions
Unless otherwise noted, the following projects are exempt from erosion and sediment control and stormwater management requirements:
  • Agricultural land management practices and agricultural best nanagement practices (BMPs),
  • Agricultural structures (Exemption applies to Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements ONLY),
  • Additions or modifications to existing single-family detached residential structures or developments that disturb less than 5,000 square feet of land or disturb less than 100 cubic yards of earth and less than 5,000 square feet of impervious area accumulatively, and
  • Clearing, grading, and land development activities that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration (WMA) determines will be regulated subject to State laws, approvals, and enforcement of the erosion and sediment control and stormwater management plans.

Please call 301-334-7476 for additional information relative to complete grading permit requirements.