Guidelines for Residential Entrances to State Highways - REGULATIONS


Title 11
Chapter 06.01 Residential Entrance Permits and Chapter 06.02 Residential Entrance Permits
AUTHORITY: Transportation Article, Sec. 2-103(b); 8-202(b)(2)(i); 8-203(a); and 8-204(b), (c), (i);
Annotated Code of Maryland

.01 Procedure for Obtaining a Permit

A. Work within the State Right of Way

Do not undertake work within the State right of way until a permit is issued by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA).

B. Constructing an Entrance to a Private Residence

Any individual or corporation desiring to construct an entrance to a private residence must apply in writing, in the form prescribed in these regulations, to the appropriate office below:

County Address Telephone
Allegany State Highway Administration
P.O. Box 3347
La Vale, Md.21502-3347
(301) 777-2206
Anne Arundel State Highway Administration
138 Defense Highway
Annapolis, Md. 21401
(410) 841-5466
Baltimore State Highway Administration
8375 Pulaski Highway
Rosedale, Md. 21237
(410) 574-4511
Calvert State Highway Administration
P.O. Box 239
Prince Frederick, Md. 20678
(410) 535-1748
Caroline State Highway Administration
P.O. Box 340
Denton, Md. 21629
(410) 479-0770
Carroll State Highway Administration
700 Littlestown Pike
Westminster, Md. 21157
(410) 848-6565
Cecil State Highway Administration
P.O. Box 486
Elkton, Md. 21921
(410) 398-1565
Charles State Highway Administration
P. 0. Box 610
La Plata, Md. 20646
(301) 934-8031
Dorchester State Highway Administration
Box 261
Cambridge, Md. 21623
(410) 228-4977
Frederick State Highway Administration
5111 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, Md. 21701
(301) 624-8115 or 1-800-635-5119
Garrett State Highway Administration
Route 2, P.O. Box 68
Accident, Md. 21520
(301) 895-3234
Harford State Highway Administration
P.O. Box 303
Churchville, Md. 21028
(410) 838-7788
Howard State Highway Administration
Route 32
Dayton, Md. 21036
(410) 531-5533
Kent State Highway Administration
Morgnec Rd. (MD 291)
P.O. BOX 299
Chestertown, Md. 21620
(410) 778-0818
Montgomery State Highway Administration
9300 Kenilworth Avenue
Greenbelt, Md. 20770
(301) 513-7350
Prince George's State Highway Administration
9300 Kenilworth Avenue
Greenbelt, Md. 20770
(301) 513-7350
Queen Anne's State Highway Administration
111 Safety Drive
Centreville, Md. 21617
(410) 758-0700
St. Mary's State Highway Administration
Route 2, Box 164
Leonardtown, Md. 20650
(301) 475-8035
Somerset State Highway Administration
Box 387
Princess Anne, Md. 21853
(410) 651-0317
Talbot State Highway Administration
Box 745
Easton, Md. 21601
(410) 822-3525
Washington State Highway Administration
Route 9 Box 67B
Hagerstown, Md. 21740
(301) 791-4790
Wicomico State Highway Administration
Box 751
Salisbury, Md. 21801
(410) 543-6710
Worcester State Highway Administration
P.O. Box 51
Snow Hill, Md. 21863
(410) 632-0511

C. Application

Submit an application in duplicate (in the form prescribed in this chapter) on forms provided by MDOT SHA.

D. Plans

If the proposed entrance is substantially similar to typical entrance designs available from MDOT SHA (the example shown in Section 3), plans are not required. Indicate the number of the appropriate plan on the application form. If plans are required, submit three copies drawn to an appropriate scale (recommended scale is 1 inch = 20 feet).

E. Performance Surety

  1. To ensure complete and satisfactory compliance with the terms and specifications of the entrance permit, you must submit a performance bond, letter of credit, or certified check in the amount of 150 percent of the cost estimated for the construction for each entrance. The estimate must be acceptable to MDOT SHA.
  2. If a surety is required, designate MDOT SHA as the obligee and the permittee as principal (see Section 4 for a performance bond specimen).
  3. If you submit a certified check, make it payable to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.
  4. Inform the MDOT SHA resident maintenance engineer when work within the State's right-of-way is completed. Upon formal approval, the performance bond, letter of credit, or posted funds will be returned.

F. Utility Adjustment

Relocate all utilities that are within the paving and in front of the curbs to be constructed under the permit. You must obtain, from the appropriate party or agency, all other permits or approvals necessary to conform to the requirements of the permit.

G. Engineering Fee

MDOT SHA charges an engineering fee for each point of access and offsite improvement beyond the first point of access. The fee will be waived for the first access to a single residential property.

.02 Standards and Specifications

A. Work and Materials

All work and materials must conform to MDOT SHA construction specifications, standards, and addenda current at the time of the permit grant.

B. Inspection

All work is subject to periodic inspection and final approval by MDOT SHA.

C. Number and Location of Entrances

MDOT SHAT will grant the number and location of entrances based on usage, interior and exterior traffic patterns, and current MDOT SHA design policy.

D. Circular drives (ingress)

Ingress and egress point connected by a common driveway require a minimum frontage of 100 feet.

E. Minimum Width of a Residential Entrance

The minimum width of a residential entrance is 10 feet, and the maximum width is 20 feet, unless otherwise permitted by the district engineer. An exception will be indicated in a permit, signed by the district engineer.

F. Existing Sidewalks

Existing sidewalks, curbs, and gutters disturbed by construction must be replaced in kind to the alignment and grade specified by authorized MDOT SHA personnel.


You must maintain positive drainage. Minimum pipe size is 18 inches or equivalent elliptical pipe. An end section or end walls, required by the resident maintenance engineer, must be installed at the ends of the pipe. All pipes must be State approved or certified. Locate drainage pipes as far as practicable from the edge of the traveled way to reduce the hazard to traffic. The minimum desirable distance is 30 feet. Where pipe headwalls or other physical obstructions are placed within the clear zone, protect them with guardrails or another appropriate barrier system.

H. Inspection Cost

  1. At the discretion of the Administration, an MDOT SHA construction inspector may be assigned to inspect the work stipulated in the permit. The cost of the inspection shall be the responsibility of the permittee and shall be submitted before a permit is issued.
  2. If the cost of the inspection, including any necessary laboratory work, is expected to exceed $5,000, the cost shall be paid in advance. The cost shall be calculated on the base pay of the assigned employee, plus overhead, and all administrative and general expenses.

I. Embankments

If the roadway is on an embankment and the roadway is not provided with an existing standard traffic barrier along the roadway embankment, the driveway or embankment side slope shall be as flat as possible to reduce the hazard to traffic. The minimum desirable embankment side slope shall be 10:1 within 30 feet of the edge of the traveled lane or to the right-of-way line, whichever is less.