Departmental Proposed and Emergency Regulations

The following outlines current “Notices of Proposed Action” for proposed regulations pending public comment and proposed emergency regulations pending approval that have been requested by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and published in the Maryland Register. Click on any of the headlines listed below to read the proposed regulations in their entirety. The contact information and deadline for submitting comments is also included below.  

Note: Notices of Final Action will stay on this page for six months. After that, all state regulations can be viewed at the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) site.​


Notice of Proposed Action

The following notice was published in the Sept. 28, 2018 Maryland Register ​(p. 939)

 The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01—.07 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.16 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

The following notice was published in the Sept. 28, 2018 Maryland Register ​(p. 941)

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulations .03—.05 under COMAR 15.14.09 Qualifications for Licensure, by Examination, as a Veterinarian.

The following notice was published in the Sept. 28, 2018 Maryland Register ​(p. 942)
The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulations .03, .05, and .12 under COMAR 15.14.13 Qualifications for Examination and Registration of a Veterinary Technician.


The following notice was published in the August 3, 2018 Maryland Register ​(p. 781)
​The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01—.05 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.15 Use of Antimicrobial Drugs.

The following notice was published in the August 3, 2018 Maryland Register ​(p. 782)
The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to repeal existing Regulations .01—.09 and adopt new Regulations .01—.09 under COMAR 15.15.05 Easement Termination Requests.

The following notice was published in the July 20, 2018​ Maryland Register (p. 741)
​The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses.

The following notice was published in the April 27, 2018 Maryland Register ​(p. 479)
The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .12-1 under COMAR 15,14,01 Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for the Practice of Veterinary Medicine in the State.


​Proposed Emergency Regulations 

The following notice was published in the July 20, 2018​ Maryland Register (p. 723)
The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review has granted emergency status to amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses to prohibit the use and registration of a pesticide to control plant pests when growing Cannabis, but to allow limited pesticide use for the unrelated purpose of disinfection or sanitation before growth. More details

Notices of Final Action

The following notice was published in the Sept. 28, 2018​ Maryland Register (p. 919)
On September 20, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.05.01, Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:15 Md. R. 741—742 (July 20, 2018), has been adopted as proposed. More details

The following notice was published in the Sept. 28, 2018​ Maryland Register (p. 919)
On September 18, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted the repeal of existing Regulations .01—.09 and adopted new Regulations .01—.09 under COMAR 15.15.05 Easement Termination Requests. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:16 Md. R. 782—784 (August 3, 2018), has been adopted as proposed. More details

The following notice was published in the July 6, 2018​ Maryland Register (p. 698)
On June 19, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulations .12-1 under COMAR 15.14.01 Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for the Practice of Veterinary Medicine in the State. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:9 Md. R. 479—480 (April 27, 2018), has been adopted with the nonsubstantive changes shown below. More details

The following notice was published in the July 6, 2018​ Maryland Register (p. 698)
On June 19, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments toRegulation .04 under COMAR 15.14.10 Continuing Education Requirements. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:9 Md. R. 480 (April 27, 2018), has been adopted as proposed. More details

The following notice was published in the May 25, 2018 Maryland Register (p. 579)
On May 15, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01—.07 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.12 Food Donation Pilot Program. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 44:20 Md. R. 965—966 (September 29, 2017), has been adopted as proposed. More details

The following notice was published in the May 25, 2018 Maryland Register (p. 579)
On May 15, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01 — .05 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.13 Supervision and Review of Decisions and Actions of Units Within the Department. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:7 Md. R. 378—379 (March 30, 2018), has been adopted as proposed. More details

The following notice was published in the May 25, 2018 Maryland Register (p. 579)
On May 15, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .17 under COMAR 15.15.01 Guidelines for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:7 Md. R. 379 (March 30, 2018), has been adopted as proposed. More details

The following notice was published in the May 25, 2018 Maryland Register (p. 579)
On May 15, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulations .03 and .05 under COMAR 15.15.13 Guidelines for Forest Easement Overlays. This action, which was proposed for adoption in45:7 Md. R. 380 (March 30, 2018), has been adopted as proposed.​ More details

The following notice was published in the May 25, 2018 Maryland Register (p. 579)
​On May 15, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01 — .05 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.15.16 Guidelines for Granting Overlay Easements and Rights-of-Way. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:7 Md. R. 380— 381 (March 30, 2018), has been adopted as proposed.​ More details