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Licenses and Permits

Licensing and permitting can be daunting for any business. Learn more about the licenses and permits that are required for the operation of your Montgomery County business.

Occupational Licenses

  • The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) is responsible for issuing Occupational and Professional Licensing in specific industries. Please contact the   Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation with any questions: phone: 410-230-6220; email:
  • Trader’s licenses. Most retail (and many other) enterprises require a business license to operate legally in Montgomery County. To determine whether your particular business activity requires a license, contact the   Montgomery County Clerk of the Circuit Court; phone: 240-777-9400
  • Construction trades and vendors. The   Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS) issues the follwoing licenses:
    • Agricultural Producer
    • Benefit Performance
    • Construction Debris Reclamation Facility
    • Electrical
      • Apprentice Electrician
      • Electrical Business
      • Journeyman Electrician
      • Master Electrician
    • Sewage Sludge Utilization
    • Sign Installer 
    • Vendors
      • Door To Door
      • Regular Route
      • Sidewalk Vendor/Pushcart
      • Site Specific

Consumer Protection Licenses

The   Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection issues licenses for the following:

  • Commercial Parking Lot Registration
  • Motor Vehicle Repair/Towing
  • New Homes Builders
  • Radio, Television and Appliance Installation and Repair
  • Secondhand Personal Property Dealers

Food, lodging and health related licenses

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, through Licensure and Regulatory Services, licenses and inspects, under both county and state regulations, facilities such as assisted living facilities; group homes; food service facilities (including restaurants, grocery stores, bars, mobile food trucks, and bed and breakfasts); facilities offering bingo, raffles and amusements; massage establishments; swimming pools; tanning facilities; transient lodging; and video game facilities. An updated listing is available on the   Licensure and Regulatory Services web site.

Home based businesses

If your home-based business generates more than five vehicle visits per week (excluding deliveries) or has one nonresident employee, you must register your business with the Montgomery County   Department of Permitting Services. Home based day care facilities, private educational institutions, boarding houses, tourist homes, home health care practitioners and lawn maintenance services must obtain separate licenses through the Department of Permitting Services.

Day Care Centers

Whether opening a childcare program in a separate facility or in a private home, a license must be obtained from the Maryland State Department of Education,   Office of Child Care. Orientation sessions are scheduled regularly to explain the licensing process and provide the application materials. Call 240-314-1400 and ask to register for the family childcare orientation if the request is to care for children in a home, or the center orientation if the request is to operate a program in a separate facility. 

Zoning and Permitting

If your business will own or lease commercial property (i.e. storefront, office space, etc.), you must ensure that you are in compliance with local laws regarding the acceptable activities in that location and with local laws regarding safety (i.e. use and occupancy, fire codes, etc.). Contact the Montgomery County   Department of Permitting Services.


Department of Permitting Services

Clerks of the Circuit Court Business Licenses

State of Maryland Business Licenses


•Food Service Facility
•Mobile Food Service Unit
•Plan Review
•Special Food Service Facility (Temporary Event)



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