Street Cuts Policy and Procedures Comment Period
Pursuant to Baltimore City Charter and Baltimore City Code Article 26, Subtitle 15 and 20 – Street Cuts, any excavation on or in a public right-of-way by or on behalf of any public or private utility or any other person, must be reviewed by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) to determine if a permit for the excavation/street cut is required.
The BCDOT is now accepting public comments on the regulations for Street Cut Permits, which are expected to take effect on March 1, 2022, or the date the regulations are officially filed with the Department of Legislative Reference, whichever date is later.
The proposed regulations affect the requirements for a utility street cut. The regulations define certain terms, establish application requirements for street cut permits, including applicable fees, along with the performance schedule and standards for excavation in the right-of-way, pavement repair and restoration. The regulation identifies fineable offenses for work performed in the right-of-way including fines for non-conformance. The regulation provides for administrative hearing procedures. The regulations reference the schedule of permit fees, schedule of fines, and the BCDOT Book of Standards which can be found on the agency’s website.
The public comment period for these regulations was originally scheduled to close on February 22, 2022, but because of a surge in interest, the comment period has been extended to March 15, 2022.