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Business Licenses and Permits

One of the first steps in starting a business is researching what business licenses and registrations are required. Licenses may be required by different levels of government depending on the nature of the business. 



In addition to licensing certain non-occupational business activities, the County also issues certificates for certain business undertakings

  • Bed and Breakfast Certificate [need description from permitting]
  • Certified Agricultural Producers -- an individual who wishes to sell regionally-grown products in the public right-of-way.
  • 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.

Licenses are required for certain occupations and may be issued by Montgomery County or the State of Maryland.

  • Secondhand Personal Property -- dealers in secondhand personal property
  • 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.
  • Vendor Licenses
    • 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).
    • Sidewalk Vendor License -- required by any person wishing to engaging in the business of sidewalk vending
    • Site Specific Vendor License – for individual that sell or offer to sell goods or services from a stationary location.

Montgomery County Circuit Court

There are several occupational licenses issued by the License Department of the Montgomery County Circuit Court.
  • Trader’s (Retail Stores, Wholesale Car Dealers, and Chain Stores)
  • Construction (New Homes and Commercial Buildings)
  • Garages
  • Junk Dealers
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaners
  • Plumbers and Gas Fitters
  • Storage Warehouses
  • Trade Shows (3 or more)
  • Vending Machines
  • Video, Pinball Games, and Music Boxes
  • Cigarettes
  • Other Tobacco Products
    • Tobacconist
  • Coin Operated Billiard Tables

State of Maryland Business Licenses

Visit the Maryland Department of Commerce for information on Statewide Business Licenses. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, oversees 22 licensing boards, commissions and programs appointed by the Governor. The Division regulates the activities of more than 236,000 individuals and businesses across 26 professions.


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