Permits Information Guide


5.1 Airport Zoning Permit

The purpose of the Airport Zoning Permit is to identify land uses, obstructions, and wildlife attractants that are incompatible with airport operations for projects within a Certified Noise Zone and/or Airport Zoning District (the area defined by a four-mile radius of BWI or a three-mile radius of MTN). For any construction or modification that will increase the height, change the use, or alter the exterior finish of an existing structure, or create a new structure, the Applicant must obtain an Airport Zoning Permit (MAA-010) before an MAA Building Permit will be issued. Applicants may be required to file a Notice of Construction or Alteration (FAA Form 7460-1) requesting that the FAA perform an obstruction evaluation. This evaluation process typically takes approximately 60 days. If the proposed project is not identified on the FAA approved Airport Layout Plan (ALP) then a revision to the ALP is necessary. No construction may proceed until the FAA approval has been received. The ALP approval process can take from 4 to 24 months, depending upon the nature of the project. Permit issuance does not relieve the Applicant from his/her responsibility for proper design and construction of the project. For additional information and forms, please see Additional Permits, Authorizations, Forms and Criteria.

5.2 Hot Work and Welding Permit

A Welding and Burning Permit is required for any work that involves welding, cutting or any task that would deplete oxygen, create toxic fumes and vapors, or create the potential for fire or explosion. This permit is acquired from BWI's Fire and Rescue Department [410-859-7511]. At Martin State Airport, the Hot Work Permit is obtained from the Airport Operations Office in the Terminal [410-682-8831]. For the application form, please see Additional Permits, Authorizations, Forms and Criteria.

5.3 Confined Space Permit

Confined Space is defined as, "a space that (a) is large enough and so configured that an employee can enter and perform assigned work; (b) has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and (c) is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

There are two types of Confined Spaces:

  1. Non-Permit Required Confined Space: A Confined Space that does not contain or have the potential to contain any atmospheric hazard, have the potential to contain any hazard capable of causing death or serious physical harm.
  2. Permit Required Confined Space: A Confined Space that has one or more of the following characteristics:
    1. Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere;
    2. Contains a material that has the potential for entrapping, engulfing or suffocating an entrant;
    3. Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section;
    4. Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.

For Permit Required Confined Spaces, the Applicant should submit the Confined Space Entry Permit application form to MAA Risk Management Division. For application form and guidelines, "Confined Space Entry," please see Additional Permits, Authorizations, Forms and Criteria.

5.4 Trenching and Excavation Permit

Before any trenching and excavation work can proceed, the Contractor must obtain "Utility Location and Digging Authorization" form (see Additional Permits, Authorizations, Forms and Criteria) that has been signed off by MAA Utilities, MAA Facilities Department, MAA IT Department, and FAA. This part of the approval process is coordinated through Tenant Improvement Section's inspectors. In the second step, the Contractor, acting on his own, is required to get the form signed off by BGE and Miss Utility.

5.5 Deferred Submittals

TIS expects complete submittals of all construction documents, including shop drawings, at the time of permit application; however, the following required submissions, depending on the project, may be deferred until the design is complete. The submittals for the following items must be reviewed by the design professional who shall forward them, via the Applicant, to TIS or the Fire Marshall's office prior to construction/installation:

  1. Fire alarm system drawings and product data
  2. Fire suppression (sprinkler) design drawings
  3. Fire stopping product data
  4. Commercial kitchen fire suppression hood design
  5. Acoustical ceiling suspension system shop drawings
  6. Guardrails and handrails shop drawings
  7. Metal wall panels shop drawings
  8. Metal shelving units product data
  9. Intercom system
  10. Site Specific Safety Plan

5.6 Permanent Food Service License and Change of Ownership (By Anne Arundel County Department of Health).

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is responsible for licensing and inspecting all facilities at the BWI Airport that prepare food for the public. The Applicant must obtain a Food Service Facility License from the County before the permit can be issued for such projects. For additional information, please visit: http://www.aahealth.org/a2z.asp?ID=31#change

5.7 Other Agency Approvals for Projects that Impact Environment

Projects that impact the environment require the following approvals prior to permit issuance:

  1. FAA Form A and/or C Environmental Assessment including Tenant Certification
  2. Clearing House Review/Approval of FAA Form A and/or Form C above.
  3. Other State and Federal permits as appropriate (e.g., wetlands, stormwater management, sediment and erosion control, air quality, etc.)

At the earliest possible point in the project, FAA forms (A and/or C) and all applicable approvals, shall be obtained and submitted in duplicate (2 copies) to:

Manager, Division of Environmental Planning
Office of Planning and Environmental Services
P.O. Box 8766
BWI Airport, Maryland 21240-0766

An accompanying transmittal letter shall provide the project description, site location (map), whether the site is located on State property, whether any State or Federal funding is associated with the project, and project schedule must be submitted along with all completed environmental forms and documented approvals to the MAA Manager of Division of Environmental Planning, Office of Planning and Environmental Services. Upon completion of review, the final submission will be forwarded to the FAA and Maryland State Clearinghouse for review and approval. This process may take 60-120 days to complete.

Frequently Requested Pages:
MAA Design Standards
Concessions Design Standards
Concessions Checklist
Existing Building Information
Security Requirements
Safety Requirements
CAD Standards
Confined Space Entry


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