MDE COVID-19 Update

​BALTIMORE, MD—In response to Governor Larry Hogan’s unprecedented actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is implementing policies to limit in-person transactions and safeguard the health of its employees, stakeholders and the general public. 

All non-emergency essential MDE employees will be teleworking until further notice. During this time, MDE staff will continue to be available by phone and email.

Additionally, MDE’s central office in Baltimore City will be open only for pre-established appointments. Information and updates on meetings will be posted on the department’s website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) as they become available. 

As part of the state’s strong response to COVID-19, Governor Hogan issued an executive order providing a grace period for any state licenses, permits and/or registrations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency. Renewal deadlines will be extended up to 30 days after the state of emergency is lifted. More information will be provided later by your MDE program contacts. All mission-critical emergency response, field inspections and site visits necessary for the protection of public health and the environment will continue.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the department will continue working hard to maintain normal operations as much as possible. Any questions regarding specific programs or services provided by MDE should be sent to

For more information on the statewide response to COVID-19, please visit​.