The Maryland Roadside Tree Law - Permits Required

.03 Permits Required

A. A person may cut down or prune a roadside tree without a permit if the tree:

(1) Is uprooted or its branches broken to contact telephone, telegraph, electric power, or other wires carrying electricity, or if the tree or its branches are an immediate danger to person or property; or
(2) Stands within the right-of-way of a public road which has not been surfaced with either stone, shell, gravel, concrete, brick, asphalt, or other improved surface material, and only if the tree is cut down and removed by, or at the request of, the abutting landowner for the landowner's own use.

B. Except as provided in A of this regulation, a person shall obtain a permit to perform tree care to a roadside tree.

C. A person providing tree care under A (1) of this regulation shall inform the Forest Service, by calling or writing within 1 week of the action taken, of the place or general area where that action was taken, and provide a proposed plan to upgrade the work, if necessary, to tree care standards. The Forest Service shall approve, modify, or reject a proposed plan within 2 weeks after an examination of the work.