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Consumer Health and Safety : regulation-COMAR-10.16.03


Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 10.16.03, Camps

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The purpose of permitting campgrounds in Maryland is to establish minimum standards of layout, operation, construction, and maintenance of camps to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the camping public. A person who operates a campground in Maryland must obtain a permit. The Division of Community Services regulates campgrounds in Prince George’s County and must be contacted for a permit. A person who operates a campground in any other Maryland county should contact the local county government for regulatory information. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspects campgrounds to ensure compliance with regulations.


Pre-Approval: An applicant must submit plans and specifications to the Department for a new campground or a campground to be altered. The campground must comply with local zoning, local building codes, state and local fire codes, and local water/sewage regulations.

Post-Approval: The Department conducts an annual inspection of the campground.

For more information check out the links below:

Go Camping America

Maryland Association of Campgrounds


Online Campground Regulations

To access the MD Camps Regulations, COMAR 10.16.03, go to On the left side choose “COMAR On Line”. Choose Search Option #3, “Access Through Table Of Contents”. From the Title list, choose: 10 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Then choose: 10.16.03 Camps. Each regulation is listed separately; choose COMAR

For specific licensing information see Form Number 511 at Maryland’s Business License Information Systems at WWW.BLIS.STATE.MD.US