Coal Tar Ban
Coal tar Pavement Sealants are Prohibited in Montgomery County
Planning on sealing your drive way or parking lot?
Make sure you are using a sealant that does not contain coal tar. As of December 18, 2012, the use of pavement sealants containing coal tar is prohibited in Montgomery County. Use of a coal-tar based sealant can subject the applicator and the property owner to a fine of up to $1,000.
What Products are Included in the Ban?
Before using a pavement sealant, check to make sure it does not contain:
Help Make the Ban on Coal Tar a Success!
You can help spread the word about the ban by sharing our informational flyer with your local paving contractor, employees, building or property managers, homeowners association and neighbors.
If you believe that a company or property has paved with a coal tar product after December 18, 2012, please report it to Montgomery County 311.
Why is Coal Tar Banned?
Coal tar, a byproduct of coal processing, contains high levels of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Alternatives to Coal Tar
There are numerous approved alternatives to coal tar based sealants, such as:
For those hiring a contractor to perform the job, make sure you specify a product without coal tar. Ask to see the ingredient list of the product they are using.
For do-it-yourselfers, local home improvement stores carry asphalt-based or latex sealants.
This list is provided only as a resource. Montgomery County does not endorse or make any recommendations regarding these products, or the companies that sell or use them.
Do You Know of Additional Alternatives?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a company that provides alternatives to coal tar sealants, provide us with information about your products, as well as contact information for your company. We will list your information here.