New Resident Information

Welcome to the Arden-on-the-Severn neighborhood, we are excited that you decided to make Arden your new home! As with any major change in your life, we know that moving brings with it unwanted stress. To alleviate some of the 'moving blues', we have compiled a list of some helpful information to help you get acquainted with the area. If you don't see what you are looking for, please feel free to CONTACT US by selecting New Resident from the list, and we will try to answer any questions you may have.

Community Organizations

Arden Beaches, Inc.

Arden Beaches, Inc. serves as the official governing body that manages and oversees the operation of of the beaches, picnic areas, and boat ramps within the Arden community. See the ABI section of this website to learn more about the organization, to get involved, or to locate the ABI ammenities within Arden.

Arden Community Association

ACA serves as the official governing body that organizes the community into activity groups, meets to determine the focus of community interests, and oversees the publication of the NewsBuoy (the official publication of Arden), but is not affiliated with Arden Beaches, Inc. See the ACA section of this website to learn more about the organization, to get involved, or to locate the ACA ammenities within Arden.


ACA is responsible for publishing and delivering a quarterly newsletter, The NewsBuoy, to your door. If you are new to the area, please note that there are no special arrangements that you need to make to receive this publication.  The NewsBuoy maintains its operation by means of advertising local businesses. As a resident of Arden, you pay nothing to receive The NewsBuoy. Please remember to support our advertisers! Not only are they your neighbors, they enable us to continue publishing!

Septic Systems

Whether you grew up in a home attached to a septic system, or this is your first residential septic system experience, there is always something that you can learn when it comes to maintaining the longevity of this silent, necessary, and VERY EXPENSIVE to replace system. If you are not aware, as of 2011 none of the homes withing Arden are attached to a public water supply or waste (septic) disposal system. As such, each home is attached to its own private septic system, buried below ground on your property, that can fail if you do not maintain it. If you are not aware of how to do so, a good place to start is by reading the Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems, published by the USEPA (found below).

Trash/Yard Waste Pickup

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works oversees the Waste Management division of our county government. Fortunately, the costs of county trash collection are included in your property taxes. What this means is that you do not have to contract with a private hauling company or purchase 'pickup stickers' like in other communitys across the United States.

Trash collection occurs every Friday morning. On Friday, the DPW collects 'general household trash', recycling, and yard waste (depending on the season). Yard waste must be bagged as they will not haul away large limbs or stumps. Please have your items on the street by 6:00am. To find out more about what the DPW will, or will not, collect, visit their website:

There is a significant effort in Arden to keep the streets clear of debris, so we would ask that you please make and effort to remember to bring in your trash cans in the evening upon returning home. If you are new to the area, you should know that, in the past, Arden suffered from a very bad case of automotive slalom as returning motorists were forced to dodge cans. We are trying to avoid that in the future, thank you for your help!

Arden Recycling

Anne Arundel County offers an amazingly versatile recycling program, but it continues to remain simple for the county residents. On Friday mornings, the DPW collects recycling from the end of your driveway. The most challenging part for the resident it to make sure it is out at the end of your driveway so that they can pick it up. The DPW made the process simpler in that you don't have to separate glass, cans, plastic, etc. Everything goes in the same bin and they haul it away. It should be noted that you are able to recycle cardboard and paper from your home as well; you don't have to break it down or tie it up for them to take it. To find out more about what the DPW will, or will not, collect, visit their website:

One component to Arden Recycling that you can not go without is having a recycling bin. If you choose to use  your own container, do not be surprised if it goes into the truck with the recyclables; the haulers will sometimes mistake your personal bin for recycling and you will be replacing it over and over. County recycling bins are the same size as a trash can, are bright yellow, and are FREE! If you would like to obtain one, simply follow the links below:

Landfill Access

Although its existence is not popular with everyone in the county, the Millersville Convenience Center is a reality. County residents are allowed to haul their own debris to the 'landfill' and deposit it, usually free of charge (please check their website for accuracy). The landfill is only one draw as there is also public access to their world-class recycling facility. You would be surprised what materials they will take for recycling. New residents should be aware that to gain access to the site, you are required to show proof of residency. If  you have not acquired a drivers license or license plates yet, a copy of  your signed mortgage will usually get you in. Remember to ask them for a window-sticker for easier re-entry in the future. Their website can be reached at the link below:

Beach Access/Parking Stickers

Even though you are a resident, you are not allowed to park at, or use the beaches without acquiring the proper beach cards and/or parking permits. Arden's beaches are open to all residents, but they are considered private and are for community use only. Please see the ABI section of this website to learn how to obtain these passes and/or stickers.

Reserving the Beach for Parties

As a resident, you are allowed to host private parties at any of ABI's beaches. However, you must register with ABI prior to holding the party. Please see the ABI section of this website to learn how to register your party, and about the guidelines for using ABI property.

Boat Ramp Access

Like Arden's beaches, our boat ramps are also regulated by ABI. Before launching your boat, you must register with ABI and obtain the proper stickers and passes to ensure that your vehicle is not towed. Arden's boat ramps are open to all residents, but they are considered private and are for community use only. Please see the ABI section of this website to learn more about launching your boat from Arden.

If you would like access to Arden's Boat Ramps, please fill out the registration form and submit it to ABI for approval and to be issued current stickers.

Local Government Information

The Maryland, local government structure consists of a county and district system. Arden in located at the Northern end of Anne Arunel County in District Two. Use the button below to visit the Anne Arundel County Government website. We have linked to the County Council section of their website, but please feel free to visit their home page a have a look around.


Now that you are settled in your home, perhaps you want to cast a vote in the next election. On the local level, Arden is represented as the County 4th Councilman District, on the state level we are in the 33rd Legislative District, and at the federal level we are split; all homes on the South side of Sunrise Beach Road are in the 3rd Congressional District and vote in Herald Harbor (the next community South on the Severn River), the rest of Arden is in the 1st Congressional District and votes at the South Shore Elementary School (1376 Fairfield Loop Road, Crownsville, MD 21032-2032). Both are close, but you want to make sure you are headed to the correct location. Use the button below to locate your polling place:

Getting Around

For those that live here, Arden is fairly easy to navigate as there is only one way into and our of the neighborhood. However, the sections can be a bit more complicated! If you've lived here long enough, you have probably seen a car circling more than once because they can't figure out how to get back out. Use the button below to view and print a map of Arden:

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