There are two sets of regulations governing camp operations:

COMAR 10.16.03 (campgrounds)

COMAR 10.16.06 (youth camps)

Campground permits are issued by the Environmental Programs Department, while youth camp certificates are issued by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).  Specific operational parameters determine which set of regulations apply.

All campgrounds receive annual and periodic environmental inspections through the Worcester County Environmental Programs Department, with youth camps receiving inspections through DHMH.  Routine inspections are also performed by the Maryland State Fire Marshall’s office and the County Development, Review, and Permitting Department (DRP).  If there is an environmental health complaint or concern with a campground in Worcester County, contact the Environmental Programs Department at (410) 632-1220.

Spring Inspections are conducted from May through early June.  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.

Additional Information

  • Campground Permit Application
  • Campgrounds in Worcester County