The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) opens the State transportation system to special events because of its accessibility, proximity to popular destinations and ease of use. A positive and safe event is important for event participants as well as property owners, businesses, places of worship, spectators, and road users. MDOT SHA has a responsibility to provide a safe and efficient transportation system for all users, so every event on State roads must be approved and permitted by MDOT SHA.
A special event is any activity that may affect the safe and normal movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic along the State highway system, or may require the assistance of police and MDOT SHA. Special events include marches and parades, filming, organized bicycle and pedestrian races, and local festivals.
You must obtain a Maryland State Highway Administration Special Event Permit for any event that will impact an Interstate, U.S. Route or State numbered highway.
If part of your event will occur on a roadway within another jurisdiction (i.e., county or city roads), you must request a permit from the local agency, as well.
Special Event Permit Process, Instructions and Contacts
Special Event Permit Application Forms Data Sheet
Signature Sheet Special Event Permit Checklist - information required for your event
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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