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.​

Notices of Public Comment

The following notice was published in the February 28, 2020 Maryland Register​ (p. 317)
The Maryland Department of Planning proposes to repeal existing Regulations .01—.12 and adopt new Regulations .01—.11 under COMAR 34.03.03 Certification of County Agricultural Land Preservation Programs.

Notices of Proposed Action

The following notice was published in the November 8, 2019 Maryland Register (p. 1073)
The Maryland Department of Agriculture proposes to repeal existing Regulations .01—.17 and adopt new Regulations .01—.16 under COMAR 15.01.04 Public Information Act Requests.

The following notice was published in the November 8, 2019 Maryland Register (p. 1076)
The Maryland Department of Agriculture proposes to repeal existing Regulations .01—.10 under the existing chapter, COMAR 15.01.06 Correction or Amendment of Personal Records, and adopt new Regulations .01—.11 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.01.06 Correction or Amendment of Public Records.

The following notice was published in the Oct. 25, 2019 Maryland Register (p. 1023)
The Maryland Department of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulations .01—.04 under COMAR 15.01.12 Food Donation Pilot Program.

Notices of Final Action

The following notice was published in the March 13, 2020 Maryland Register​ (p. 342)
On February 20, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .06 under COMAR 15.06.04 Regulation of Invasive Plants. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:1 Md. R. 27 (January 3, 2020), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: March 23, 2020.

The following notice was published in the December 6, 2019 Maryland Register (p. 1131)
On November 26, 2019, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .01 under COMAR 15.18.03 Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 46:21 Md. R. 940—​941 (October 11, 2019), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: December 16, 2019.

The following notice was published in the December 6, 2019 Maryland Register (p. ​1131)
On November 26, 2019, the Maryland Department of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .01 and .07 under COMAR 15.18.04 Compost. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 46:21 Md. R. 941 (October 11, 2019), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: December 16, 2019.