News from the DNR Office of Communications

Shoreline Licensing Deadline Approaching for Riparian Property Owners

Applications Due June 1

Annapolis, Md. (May 17, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind riparian (waterfront) property owners who wish to apply for offshore blind and shoreline licensing that their applications are due by June 1. Anyone owning riparian property or people who possess permission of the riparian property owner, may license their shoreline for the purpose of establishing stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or to prevent others from licensing the shoreline at a later date.

Riparian property owners may license their shoreline for a period of one year for a $20 fee or three years for a $60 fee. Landowners who miss the June 1 deadline may participate in the “open” licensing process that begins August 2.

For an application and information visit or call 410-260-8540 or toll free1-877-620-8DNR (8367).

   May 17, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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