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.
How does a marine contractor obtain a Marine Contractors License? In order to obtain a Marine Contractors License, a person must submit a completed application to the MCLB. An application will be considered complete if the applicant demonstrates that: (1) the contractor has at least two years experience as a full-time marine contractor or similar contractor experience; (2) has passed the written marine contractor test administered by the MCLB; (3) has a federal tax identification number (if applicable); and (4) carries commercial general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. A Marine Contractors License is effective for two years. If a marine contractor is interested in renewing their license, they must complete 12 hours of MCLB-approved continuing education prior to the expiration of their license.
Who is required to obtain a Marine Contractors License? A Marine Contractors License is needed for any individual or entity that solicits or performs marine contractor services in the State of Maryland.
“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.
Who is not required to obtain a marine contractors license? There are three exceptions to the Marine Contractors License requirement.
(1) Employees of an agency of the federal government do not need to be licensed with the MCLB 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 be licensed with the MCLB to perform marine contractor services while in the performance of their employment duties.
(3) A residential or commercial property owner does not need to be licensed with the MCLB to perform marine contractor services on the property owner’s own property.
What is the status of the licensing process? Currently, all marine contractors performing work in Maryland must be registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment. If a marine contractor is performing marine contractor services but is not currently registered with MDE, please contact the MCLB at either 410-537-3249 or at MDE.MCLB@maryland.gov prior to submitting an application for registration.
The MCLB is in the process of developing the marine contractors licensing program, including: creating regulations to implement the program; developing the testing, continuing education, and other components of the program; and creating a marine contractors study guide/reference book to accompany the licensing test. The MCLB is projecting to start accepting applications for licensing and administer the licensing test in early 2016. More information concerning the transition from registration to licensing follows.
I am a registered marine contractor and my registration expired December 31, 2015. How do I renew my registration? All current marine contractor registrations, which expired on December 31, 2015, have been automatically extended through December 31, 2016. In accordance with the legislation that established the Board (Chapter 286 now Title 17 of the Environment Article), the MCLB decided to automatically extend the registration period for an additional six months – through December 31, 2016. There is no fee to extend the current registration provided that the contractor is a registered marine contractor as of December 31, 2015.
When will the licensing process begin? The MCLB anticipates the following timeline for applications and testing:
- January-February 2016: MCLB provides license applications to registered marine contractors and Licensing Board begins accepting applications for a Marine Contractors License
- Applicants will be required to demonstrate at least two years of experience as a full-time marine contractor or similar contractor experience acceptable to the MCLB.
- Complete applications will be required to have supporting documentation including certificates of insurance verifying that the applicant carries commercial general liability insurance with a $300,000 total aggregate minimum, and workers’ compensation insurance (unless exempt by law).
- February-March 2016: MCLB finalizes the study guide and licensing examination.
- Spring 2016: MCLB reviews license applications.
- Spring 2016: Licensing Examinations take place and applicants are notified of exam results.
- June 30, 2016-December 31, 2016: MCLB mails Licenses. Registration period ends. Marine Contractor Licensing Program begins.
The MCLB will notify all currently registered marine contractors in early 2016 when the applications become available. Please be aware that if you perform or solicit to perform marine contractor services in the State without a Marine Contractors License after the start of the Licensing Program, you will be in violation of Title 17 of the Environment Article and may be subject to penalties under § 17-403.
I am a marine contractor and I am not currently registered with MDE. How do I register? 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. During this transition period from registration to licensing, please do not submit a registration application without first contacting the MCLB.
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 $150.00 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 until December 31, 2016.
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. 3249. Mail the completed form to:
Marine Contractors Licensing Board
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Step 2: Complete the Marine Contractor Registration Fee Remittance Form and mail the form along with the $150 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. 3249. Please make your check payable in the amount of $150 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 $150 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.
What if I have additional questions? If you have questions about the registration process or any other questions concerning the MCLB, please contact the MCLB by calling 410-537-3249, 1-800-633-6101 x. 3249 or by emailing MDE.MCLB@maryland.gov.