Utility Companies need MDOT SHA authorization before receiving MDOT SHA district office permits for work performed within MDOT SHA rights-of-ways. The process verifies that the utility is authorized to install, operate and maintain facilities in Maryland; that the utility is capable of maintaining and relocating its facilities as necessitated by MDOT SHA operations and projects; and that the utility can rapidly respond to an emergency.
A Utility Company must meet the following criteria to become a public utility authorized by the MDOT SHA:
Utility Master Agreement Template (PDF, 2.29 MB)
Utility Permit General Provisions (PDF, 2.58 MB) A) The Utility Permit General Provisions contains the general requirements, conditions, procedures and contact information required for all activities performed within MDOT SHA Rights-Of-Way. Because the Utility Permit General Provisions apply to all Utility Permits, the Utility/Permittee must download the Utility Permit General Provisions; attach the Utility Permit General Provisions to each and every Individual Work Order Permit obtained from the appropriate district office; and insure the Complete Authorized Utility Permits are at the job sites at all times.
Utility Permit General Provisions Acknowledgement Form (PDF, 1.83 MB) The Utility/Permittee must sign, date and return the Utility Permit General Provisions Acknowledgement Form acknowledging the Utility’s agreement to the Utility Permit General Provisions’ terms and conditions.
Utility Permit Application (PDF, 623 kb) MDOT SHA Districts issue Utility Permits for specific types of utility work to be performed within MDOT SHA rights-of-ways. These Utility Permits contain the special requirements, conditions, procedures and contact information required for job-specific activities performed by the Utility and include work-specific attachments, plans and addenda (These Utility Permits are collectively referred to as Individual Work Order Permits).The Utility must attach a copy of the Utility Permit General Provisions to each and every Individual Work Order Permit. Together, these constitute a Complete Authorized Utility Permit to allow the Utility access to the requested MDOT SHA rights-of-ways to perform specific activities.
Utility Permit Application Instructions (PDF, 134 kb)
District Utility Engineers Contact Information
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Traffic Control Permit Application (PDF, 1.1 MB) (Formerly referred to as the Lane Closure Permit Application.) Traffic Control Permits are required for all work performed on MDOT SHA rights-of-ways. The Utility/Permittee must complete and return the Traffic Control Permit Application with the Utility Permit Application to the appropriate MDOT SHA District.
SHA Environmental Guide for Access & District Permit Applicants (PDF, 147 kb) explains key principles and provides required SHA Landscape Notes pertaining to plans developed for Access and District permits.
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