Home Occupation Certificate – anyone that operates a home-based business which generates more than five visits to the site per week, or who employs a non-resident. In addition, all home-health practitioners and lawn maintenance services are required to register.
Use & Occupancy Certificate – documents that the intended use of a space is permitted, and that all applicable safety code and health code requirements have been met. Required before a business can open in a physical location.
New Home Builders – builders (as defined by Chapter 31C) who construct new homes, condominium unit contained within a building of four stories or less, or act in the capacity of a general contractor for such building projects. Note, if a parent company is licensed, that does not mean that subsidiaries who are also builders under the statute can avoid licensure.
Secondhand Personal Property – dealers in secondhand personal property (e.g. - consignment stores, pawn shops, sellers of refurbished computers, auction houses, etc.)
Sewage Sludge Utilization License – obtained by any person or company engaged in the business of cleaning and emptying septic tanks, holding tanks, privies or other sewage disposal facilities.
Sign and Limited Duration Sign Installer Licenses – issued jointly to a business and a person employed by the business that has completed training and passed an examination on the current sign regulations or a business or person who installs limited duration signs only.
Taxi Cab Licensing – a person must have a taxi cab license in order to provide taxicab service in Montgomery County.
Door-to-Door Vendor License – for individuals that travel from dwelling to dwelling or from office to office to sell goods or services.
Regular Route Vendor License – for individuals that sell or offer to sell goods or services along a street on a repeating schedule, stopping only to dispense products (unless otherwise permitted by regulations under Chapter 47 of the Montgomery County Code).
Montgomery County licenses a variety of non-occupational for-profit and non-profit business activities
Benefit Performance – for events conducted and operated by a bona fide non-profit organization, the net proceeds of which are exclusively for the benefit of the organization, to which the public is invited or admitted.
Bingo – qualified non-profit organizations must obtain a license before operating a bingo game.
Bodyworks Establishment – businesses that provide acupressure, reflexology or other practices that involve using one's hand to apply pressure on an individual's fully clothed body, or bare feet, to affect the electromagnetic energy, energetic field or energy meridians of the human body.
Camps – any person, cooperative, association, partnership, firm or corporation planning to operate a recreational camp in Montgomery County must obtain a license.
Domiciliary/Assisted Living License – any person, corporation, or entity intending to operate a Domiciliary/Assisted Living Program must obtain a valid license from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Service, Licensure and Regulatory Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality.
Group Home – issued for twelve months and renewed annually. Fire, environmental, and well & septic inspections and approvals are also required annually. Renewal applications are sent to the provider three months prior to the license expiration date and are due 60 days before the license expires.
Pool Management Company Registration – any person, cooperative, association, partnership, firm or corporation, excluding a pool operator, who is responsible by contract or other agreement with the owner for the operation of a public swimming pool or spa in Montgomery County.
Radio, Television and Appliance Installation and Repair – any person, firm or corporation that engages in the business, occupation, profession or trade of installing, repairing or maintaining radio and television equipment and electrical appliances (as broadly defined by Chapter 38A).
Video Game Registration – the owner of an establishment where video games are operated by the public must register the establishment.
Food and beverage businesses must comply wiht a specific set of licensing requirements designed to protect public health
Alcoholic Beverage Licenses – the Department of Liquor Control Licensure Office processes alcoholic beverage license applications (new, transfer, one-day, renewals) in compliance with Maryland state law and the Rules and Regulations of the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners.
Alcohol License Applications and How to Apply: Click on “ New Applicants” under the Applications Section. Current licensees can also retrieve information on license changes, adding a privilege or any required forms here.
Food Service Licenses – the Department of Health and Human Services issues food service licenses for all food products made available to the public.
Food Service Facility – Anyone planning to distribute, prepare, handle, or dispense food for public consumption with or without charge.
Mobile Food Service Unit – Anyone who plans to sell or give away food from a non-fixed location must first obtain a Montgomery County Food Service License. The only exception to the law is the sale of fresh produce or live crustaceans.
Special Food Service Facility (Temporary Event) – Anyone who plans to sell or give away food at a temporary event must first obtain a Montgomery County Food Service Facility License. The only exception to the law is the sale of fresh produce or live crustaceans.
Businesses are required to obtain permits for various business activities in Montgomery County
Certain types of businesses must obtain permits prior to opening and renew permits as requried
Private Schools – required for any person planning to operate a private educational institute in Montgomery County for (5) five or more students at one time, or if there is more than one instructor.
Raffles – required for a qualified non-profit organization to operate a raffle within Montgomery County.
Swimming Pool Operating Permit – any person planning to operate a public swimming pool must obtain a swimming pool operating permit in Montgomery County.
Special Events – for charitable and non-profit (and other) organizations planning to hold an event within a Montgomery County right-of way.
Permits are requried for most aspects of construction and building activities
Commercial Building – required for all new construction, additions, alterations, and changes of use in Montgomery County and municipalities, with the exceptions of the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg.
Demolition – required when any building is being razed or removed in its entirety from a lot.
Driveway (Right of Way) Permit – required to construct a new commercial driveway; to install a temporary construction entrance; to restore, repair, remove and/or modify any existing ROW improvements.
Electrical – required for work that involves installing, relocating, repairing or maintaining any electrical wiring or device designed for conducting, consuming or converting electrical current.
Mechanical Permit – required to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace a mechanical heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system, the installation of which is regulated by the International Mechanical Code (IMC), International Fuel-Gas Code (IFGC) or the International Residential Code (IRC), as appropriate.
Paving Permit – required before any roadway paving may be started in the public right-of-way.
Revocable Permit – required to place or construct non-standard item(s) within a public right-of-way, storm-drainage easement, or public-improvement easement.
Storm Drain Permit – required before any enclosed storm drain construction may be started in the public right-of-way.
Sediment Control Permit – intended to prevent sediment from leaving a construction site during construction activity.
Septic System Permit – necessary to ensure that any septic system installed in the County meets all current County and State standards relative to minimum setbacks associated with the protection of all residents' and the environment’s health.
Sign Permit – required before any exterior sign, as defined by the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance, may be erected in the county.
Well Location Permit – necessary to ensure any well drilled in the County meets all current County and State standards relative to minimum setbacks associated with protection of all residents’ and the environment’s health.
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