MDE e-Permits

Welcome to the online Maryland Department of the Environment e-Permits interface. Projects that disturb one or more acres of earth must apply for either a General or Individual Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity, and obtain coverage under that permit before beginning earth disturbance on any part of the project. All projects may apply for a general permit unless the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has indicated that an individual permit is required. All applicants may use the e-Permits interface whether they are applying for an individual or a general permit. More information about the application process, in addition to important documents such as the text of the General Permit and the required self-inspection form, is available at MDE’s stormwater associated with construction activity webpage: http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/Compliance/Pages/gp_construction.aspx.

Projects that initially disturb less than one acre, but that are part of a plan of development that will ultimately disturb one acre or more, must also obtain a General or Individual Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity before beginning earth disturbance on the first part of the project.

Existing general or individual permittees who seek to increase the disturbed acreage covered by their permit must also use this interface. Increases of one acre or more will follow the same process as a new project, including a public notification period. Permittees can submit increases of less than an acre of disturbance through this interface as well. MDE will review those submittals, and generally a public notification period will not be required.

Permittees may submit transfers of authorization through this interface. To transfer the entire permit to another responsible party, use a full transfer. To transfer just a portion of the permitted area to another responsible party, use a partial transfer.

Under certain circumstances, a user may wish to withdraw a recently submitted NOI and no longer pursue permit coverage. If so, choose the Withdraw NOI link for that NOI. MDE will review the withdrawal before accepting it.

Coverage under this general permit will expire when the General Permit is reissued or expires, when a Notice of Termination has been completed and accepted by MDE, or when MDE administratively terminates coverage for a site, whichever occurs first. Permittees may submit Notices of Termination through this interface.


General Permit Coverage Issuance Process

  1. Prior to submitting an NOI, the person(s) responsible for the project must submit a final erosion and sediment control plan to the appropriate approval authority (such as the Soil Conservation District).
  2. Submit complete NOI to MDE, including vicinity map, workers compensation insurance information (required for certain types of organizations), and fee. Local and State government projects do not pay the fee. Please see the MDE webpage for more information about whether a fee is due from certain projects continuing permit coverage from previous General Permits. The interface calculates the appropriate fee for the total disturbed acreage. If, for some reason, a refund must occur, MDE staff must complete that outside the interface. Please contact MDE for assistance.
  3. MDE reviews the NOI for completeness. If MDE determines that information in the NOI requires review and/or correction by the submitter, MDE returns the NOI through the interface. The submitter receives an email noting the return. Once the NOI is complete, MDE staff accept it, and the NOI enters the public notification period.
  4. In order to better accommodate public participation in the process to obtain general permit coverage, each accepted NOI is shown on the public website for the MDE e-Permits interface for 14 days. During this time, citizens may ask to review the available erosion and sediment control and stormwater management plans at the approval authorities for those plans.
  5. If MDE receives, prior to the expiration of the public participation period, a request from any person that the site be required to obtain an individual permit with a detailed, written explanation as to why the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan fails to meet State erosion and sediment control or stormwater management standards, MDE will do the following: (i) notify the general permit applicant that a request that an individual permit be required has been received, (ii) evaluate the information, and (iii) make a decision and send notification of that decision to the NOI submitter and the person requesting that an individual permit be required. If MDE receives no such request, MDE will issue the project coverage under the General Permit after the public participation period expires and MDE receives documentation that the erosion and sediment control plan has been approved by the appropriate approval authority. Applicants may log in and attach the plan approval documentation to the electronic NOI at any time, even if the public participation period has not yet expired.

To begin using the interface, create an account using the link to the right. This electronic government service includes a 3% service/convenience fee for credit card payments or $3 eCheck fee processed through this online service. This fee is assessed by NICUSA, Inc., Maryland's eGovernment service provider, a third party working under a contract administered by the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT). The service fee is used to develop, maintain, and expand the online service offerings of the state and is non-refundable. Accepted credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

For technical support regarding the interface, please click on the 24/7 Support link at the top of this page. For information regarding permits, permitting processes, and permit requirements, please contact:

MDE Compliance Program
Webpage: http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/Compliance/Pages/gp_construction.aspx
Email: mde.constructionswnoi@maryland.gov
Phone: (410) 537-3019