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Maryland State Government Maryland Department of the Environment

Maryland Marine Contractors Licensing Board

The Marine Contractors Licensing Board (MCLB) was established by Chapter 286 of the 2010 Laws of Maryland (Chapter 286).  The Governor appointed seven individuals to serve on the MCLB for a term of three years. These members consist of: three registered marine contractors; two at-large representatives; one representative from the Maryland Department of the Environment; and one representative from the Department of Natural Resources.

The MCLB is required to: develop and carry out the marine contractors licensing program, as it was established under Chapter 286; license and regulate individuals and entities that perform marine contractor services in the State; collect and account for fees associated with the licensing program; and keep a current record of all licensed individuals and entities. 

To qualify for a marine contractors license, a person must complete an application; have at least two years experience as a full-time marine contractor or demonstrate similar contractor experience; pass a written marine contractor test recognized by the MCLB; have a federal tax identification number; and carry commercial general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.  Every two years, to renew a marine contractors license, a person must complete 12 hours of continuing education covering marine contractor subject matter approved by the MCLB.

Currently, the MCLB is in the process of developing the marine contractors licensing program, including: creating regulations to implement the program; researching and developing the testing, continuing education, and other components of the program; and creating a marine contractors study guide/reference book to accompany the initial examination.  The MCLB expects to administer the examination and accept applications for licenses during the 2014 calendar year.

Marine Contractor Registration

Until the MCLB has the licensing program fully developed, an individual or entity that solicits or performs marine contractor services in the State of Maryland must be registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Marine contractor services means construction, demolition, installation, alteration, repair, or salvage activities located in, on, over, or under State or private tidal wetlands and includes: (1) dredging and filling; (2) the construction, demolition, installation, alteration, repair, or salvage of structures, including boathouses, boat or other personal watercraft lifts or ramps, slips, docks, floating platforms, moorings, piers, pier access structures, pilings, wetland observation platforms, wetland walkways, and wharfs; and (3) the construction, demolition, installation, alteration, repair, or salvage of stabilization and erosion control measures, including revetments, breakwaters, bulkheads, groins, jetties, stone sills, marsh establishments, and beach nourishment or other similar projects.

There are three exceptions to the registration requirement.

  1. Employees of an agency of the federal government do not need to register with the Department to perform marine contractor services while in the performance of their employment duties.
  2. Employees of an agency of the State of Maryland do not need to register with the Department to perform marine contractor services while in the performance of their employment duties.
  3. A residential or commercial property owner does not need to register with the Department to perform marine contractor services on the property owner’s own property.

Any marine contractor who fails to register with the Department may not solicit or perform marine contractor services in the State of Maryland and may be subject to penalties established by Chapter 286. Please note that during the registration period, marine contractors must hold a valid Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) contractors license in addition to being registered with the Department.
 
Registration Instructions.Registration is a two-step process. The first step is to complete and submit the registration form. The second step is to submit the $300 fee along with the fee remittance form. Upon receipt of the completed forms and fee, the Department will issue you a marine contractor registration card. Your registration will be effective for one year.

Step 1:  Complete and submit the Marine Contractor Registration Form

Print the form from the link above or request a registration form by mail from the address below or contact the Board at 410-537-3249 or 1-800-633-6101, ext. 3837.  Mail the completed form to:

Marine Contractors Licensing Board
1800 Washington Boulevard
Suite 430
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

 

Step 2:   Complete the Marine Contractor Registration Fee Remittance Form and mail the form along with the $300 fee to the Department.  To obtain the form, click on the Marine Contractor Registration Fee Remittance Form link below or request a copy by contacting the Board at at 410-537-3249 or 1-800-633-6101, ext. 3837.  Please make your check payable in the amount of $300 to the Maryland Department of the Environment and include on your check the following information:  PCA 13910 AGY/OBJ 5625.

Marine Contractor Registration Fee Remittance Form

Please mail the completed remittance form and $300 check to: 

Maryland Department of the Environment
P.O. Box 2057
Baltimore, Maryland 21203-2057

          

Please be advised that registration will not be considered complete until your fee has been received.

For inquiries concerning the registration process, please contact the Board by calling 410-537-3249 or by email at rick.ayella@maryland.gov.

Toll-Free:  1-800-633-6101 and then dial the extension 3249.