Special Events on Maryland Highways

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.

What is a Special Event?

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 (PDF, 1 MB)

Special Event Permit Application Forms Data Sheet (PDF, 532KB)

Special Event Permit Application Forms Signature Sheet (PDF, 467KB​)

Special Event Permit Checklist (PDF, 331KB) - information required for your event


Mr. Dilip Patel
Assistant Division Chief Traffic Development & Support Division​
Maryland State Highway Administration
7491 Connelley Drive
Hanover, MD 21076
Telephone: 410-787-5811 Toll Free: 800-760-7138 
Email: ​​dpatel@mdot.maryland.gov