The goal of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is maximum protection for the motoring public through the orderly control of traffic movement to and from State highways. Permits are required for all driveways to assure that entrances to State highways are constructed safely. Follow these guidelines to obtain a residential entrance permit.
Everyone accessing a State highway from a residential property must obtain a residential entrance permit. MDOT SHA must approve the location, design geometries, drainage requirements, and paving cross section. The entrance design guidelines in this publication are based on MDOT SHA approved standards, specifications and engineering manuals. Traffic control specifications for shoulder work and lane closures are based on federal guidelines.
Apply for a permit at a local MDOT SHA office (see addresses of the local offices). Depending on the county, the application may be made to the district engineer (DE), the resident maintenance engineer or the permit inspector. The DE is responsible for any construction, maintenance or other activity within his assigned counties. The DE ensures the safety of the traveling public, in part, by allowing only the safest possible access points onto State highways. The resident maintenance engineer is an agent of the DE who, in addition to supervising road maintenance activities, processes applications for residential driveway access. The resident maintenance engineer also periodically inspects the driveway construction. In metropolitan counties, a permit inspector may handle requests for residential access. The permit inspector will accept, process and inspect residential driveway access. The district engineer always has final authority to approve a residential driveway permit.
These guidelines provide safer roadways for all motorists – the traveling public and homeowners.
Note: These regulations apply only to residential entrances serving a maximum of five homes. Any change in use or resubdivision of the land for more than five homes requires the owner/developer to obtain a new access permit from the local MDOT SHA district office. District office contact information is on the Access Management web page.
707 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3601
Main Business Line – 410-545-0300
Safety Campaigns – 1-800-323-6742
For emergencies, call MDOT SHA's Statewide Operations Center at 410-582-5650.
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