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.  

Notice of Proposed Action - none pending  


Proposed Emergency Regulations - none pending


Notices of Final Action

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 Maryla​nd Regulations (COMAR) site.

The following notice was published in the March 31, 2017 Maryland Register​ (p. 357)

On March 15, 2017, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01-.15 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.18.09 Pet Food and Specialty Pet Food. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 44:2 Md. R. 146--152 (January 20, 2017), has been adopted as proposed. More details​Effective Date: April 10, 2017.

The following notice was published in the March 17, 2017 Maryland Register​ (p.328)

On February 27, 2017, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 43:19 Md. R. 1088-1089 (September 16, 2016), has been adopted as proposed. More detailsEffective Date: March 27, 2017.

The following notice was published in the February 3, 2017 Maryland Register​ (p.189)

On January 19, 2017, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .06 under COMAR 15.06.04 Regulation of Invasive Plants. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 43.21 Md. R. 1171 (October 14, 2016), has been adopted as proposed. More details. Effective Date: February 13, 2017.

The following notice was published in the December 23, 2016 Maryland Register​ (p.1448)

On December 13, 2016, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.20.07 Agricultural Operation Nutrient Management Plan Requirements that incorporates by reference changes to the Maryland Nutrient Management Manual on nutrient application requirements. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 43:22 Md. R. 1254 (October 28, 2016), has been adopted with the nonsubstantive changes. More details. Effective Date: January 2, 2017.