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Maryland Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-MD)

In Maryland, a developer may need to obtain a State Land Right-of-Way from the appropriate state agency with jurisdiction over the land, if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above state-owned real property. A developer may need to obtain a Utility Permit from the Maryland State Highway Administration to construct transmission lines on, under, over, or near a state highway.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Maryland Federal

State Land Right-of-Way: Any person may need a State Land Right-of-Way from the appropriate state agency with jurisdiction over the land, if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above state-owned real property.
State Land Right-of-Way Agency: State agency with jurisdiction
State Highway Right-of-Way: Any person may need a Utility Permit for construction activity on, under, over, or near a state highway right-of-way. MD. Code Regs. 11.04.05.06.A (2017).
State Highway Right-of-Way Agency: Maryland State Highway Administration
Eminent Domain: A public electric company has the power of eminent domain when necessary to site new transmission facilities. The public electric company must acquire a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity before exercising the power of eminent domain. MD. Code Ann., Public Utilities §7-207(b)(3) (1998)