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(a) A person must not engage in any land-disturbing activity or by any action cause or permit any soil, earth, sand, gravel, rock, stone, or other material, to be deposited on or to roll, flow, or wash on or over the land of another and cause damage without the express written consent of the owner of the affected premises. A permittee must not engage in any land-disturbing activity or by any action cause or permit any soil, earth, sand, gravel, rock, stone, or other material to be deposited on or to roll, flow, or wash on or over any public street, street improvement, road, sewer, storm drain, watercourse, right-of-way, or any public property in a manner to damage or to interfere with the use of that property.
(b) A person must not, when hauling soil, earth, sand, gravel, rock, stone, or other material over any public street, road, alley, or public property, allow those materials to blow or spill over or on any street, road, alley, or public property or adjacent private property.
(c) If any soil, earth, sand, gravel, rock, stone, or other material is caused to be deposited on or to roll, flow, or wash on any public or private property in violation of subsection (a) or (b), the permittee or person responsible must be notified by the Department and must cause the material to be removed from that property within 24 hours. In an immediate danger to the public health or safety, the Department must give notice by the most expeditious means, and the material must be removed immediately. If the material is not removed, the Department may arrange for its removal; and the cost of that removal must be paid to the County by the person who failed to remove the material. The cost of removal is a lien on all property and all rights to property, real or personal, of any person liable to pay that cost. The cost of removal must be listed on the tax bill and must be collected in the manner of ordinary taxes. However, this Section does not prohibit the Department from proceeding directly with any alternative enforcement procedure under Section 19-69. (1976 L.M.C., ch. 14, § 1; 1986 L.M.C., ch. 45, § 1; 2013 L.M.C., ch. 9, § 1.)
Editor’s note—Section 19-16 is quoted, interpreted and the legislative history is discussed in Wietzke v. The Chesapeake Conference Association, 421 Md. 355, 26 A.3d 931 (2011).