Notices of Violation and Citations/Court Proceedings - Information Guide

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Montgomery County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Civic Education and Public Information (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

Residents, small contractors, and others who begin work without an approved sediment control/stormwater management permit will be given a notice of violation when an inspector identifies there is a violation. If the violation is an egregious environmental problem, a civil citation will also be issued. Often these customers do not fully understand the type of permit that is required or how to apply for and obtain the required permit. DPS has created a brochure that provides step-by-step instructions on how to obtain the permit and more importantly provides points of contact if there are additional questions or if clarity is needed. The brochure also explains the civil citation process, including contact in the County Attorney’s Office and instructions for paying fines online when appropriate. It also provides information and links to other agencies outside of Permitting Services that may be involved in the compliance process. When a notice of violation or civil citation is issued, the DPS inspector can hand deliver it while at the site. This pamphlet is also available in Spanish for those who are not fluent in English. There is even a slot in the brochure where the inspector can insert their business card. It has also been created as a PDF, is posted on the DPS website and can be emailed if preferred. While it is difficult to measure the success of this program enhancement, it certainly provides much-needed information for those who may find the process daunting or confusing.

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