Who Are We?

TThe Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority (The Authority) was established in 2010 by the Maryland legislature (Senate Bill 911); which updated the existing Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Law, more commonly known as the “Miss Utility” or 811 law. The Authority is a peer driven organization, that has been authorized to enforce the Miss Utility law in the form of mandatory training or fines for violators.

The Authority is an agency of the Executive Branch of Maryland State government; and acts as a quasi-judicial body governed by APA rules when reviewing and hearing violations of the 811 law. The Authority also has the ability to assess civil penalties. All fines collected by the Authority are used solely to underwrite its

Educational and Outreach activities. The Authority is self-funded through a nominal surcharge on “Miss Utility” tickets. The Authority also competes annually for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) – State Damage Prevention grants, that help to support some Authority activities. The Authority does not receive any state funds or appropriations.

The nine members of the Authority are appointed by the Governor to serve staggered two-year terms. As Authority members, these individuals sit as Administrative judges, when hearing and determining probable violations. They do not receive any compensation or any reimbursement for expenses.

The Authority Members