How to Request a Boating Regulation

Step 1. The Maryland Boat Act Advisory Committee (BAAC) requests a petition be submitted. Petitions must be received no later than April 15th. Submissions should be sent to:

Boat Act Advisory Committee (BAAC)
Mike Grant
Regulations Coordinator & Facilities Manager
Boating Services
Clean Waterways, Facilities & Regulations Division
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E-4
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8453 FX

Include the following information on your petition or use this form: Request for Boating Regulation Change Petition Form

  • Name, address and phone number of contact person, dated

  • Printed names and address of signers next to signatures

  • Detailed description of area, with a map

  • Why this action should take place

  • Type of restriction 6-knot All Times, 6-knot Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, April 15 to October 15, or other

  • Any restrictions currently in the area

Step 2. The Department of Natural Resources will begin studying the area during the next Boating Season (Apr 15 – Oct 15). Comments will be accepted during the Boating Season or according to the publication date in the MD Register.

  • Boating Services Unit will set up a meeting with the contact person to review request and make recommendations

  • Boating Services Unit will place a buoy in the area to advise boaters that the area is under study

  • Notices to boaters will be distributed in the area

  • Vessel traffic surveys will be done

  • Historical data on the area will be collected including shore erosion information

  • Public comments will be solicited

Step 3. The Department of Natural Resources will summarize the data and present it to the Boat Act Advisory Committee (BAAC)

  • The BAAC will review the study (Areas that have been reviewed can not re-apply for 3 years)

  • Visit areas if needed

  • Hold a meeting for open public comments on the request (Meeting dates will be advertised on the WEB and in local newspapers)

  • The BAAC submit recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
  •   Recommendations can be to accept, reject or modify.

Step 4. The DNR Boating Regulations staff review the recommendation.

  • The Regulations staff will forward the BAAC recommendation along with any comments to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.

  • The Secretary determines if a regulation will be proposed and processed in accordance with established protocols.

  • Publication in the Maryland Register is required and a public comment period of not less than 30 days is mandatory. A public hearing may be required.

  • Adoption (45 days) and the effective dates (90 days) are determined.

Chesapeake Bay Hotline

Call 1-877-224-7229

to report any of the following

  • Boating accident or reckless activity
  • Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetlands violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity