Licensing and Registration Unit (L&R)
> Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Who must be licensed?
- I’m renting my home; do I need a rental license?
- I have more than one rental property. Do I need to license each property separately?
- Is this rental license annual?
- Is the license fee prorated?
- How do I know how much to pay?
- What type of payment do you accept?
- Who do I make the check payable to?
- How do I apply and pay for a rental license?
- How often do I have to pay the license fee?
- How do I know when the license fee is due?
- When will I receive my license?
- What are the penalties for failing to license?
- Do I have to hire an administrative agent or management company to handle my rental property?
- Do I have to designate a legal agent if I’m renting my property?
- Do I have to designate a resident agent if I’m renting my property?
- What do I do if I sell my rental property? Do I get a refund of the license fee?
- What does Montgomery County use the license fees to pay for?
- Do the licensing laws apply in all areas of Montgomery County?
- Are any units exempt from the licensing requirements?
- I have an Accessory Apartment what do I do?
How do I apply and pay for a rental license?
The fastest and easiest way to apply for a rental housing license is with the Licensing and Registration Online Network. Sign up for a free AccessMCG account (or sign in to an existing AccessMCG account) and select Licensing and Registration Program to apply. Online payments are accepted by credit card, eCheck or check.
Hard copies of rental license application are available on our Forms page. Submit the completed application, along with a check or money order, by mail or in person to the DHCA office:
DHCA/Licensing and Registration Unit
1401 Rockville Pike, 4th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Renewal payments may be made online or sent to the PO Box listed on the renewal invoice.
When will I receive my license?
License certificates are only issued to apartment complexes (because the certificate must be posted). Landlords can print their license from our web site by logging into the Licensing and Registration Online Network.
Failure to license a rental property is a Class A Violation of the Montgomery County Code and violators will be issued a civil citation for $500 and the license may be revoked.
Do I have to designate a legal agent if I’m renting my property?
If you do not live in the state of Maryland or you use a P.O. Box for your primary address you must designate a "legal agent” for service of process. The legal agent must be in Maryland and agree to accept legal documents on behalf of the owner. A legal agent can be anyone other than the tenant.
- License number
- Address of the rental property
- Date of the sale
- New owner's name & address
No refund will be issued if the property was rented during any portion of that licensing year.
Do the licensing laws apply in all areas of Montgomery County?
No. Rental properties located within the city limits of certain incorporated municipalities may need to be licensed by the respective city governments. Contact License and Registration Unit at (240) 777-0311 for more information.
- Owner Occupied: A unit may be exempt if someone who is a owner lives in the unit.
- Relative Occupied: A unit may be exempt if it is occupied by a "relative" of the owner as defined by Chapter 29 of the Montgomery County Code.
I have an Accessory Apartment what do I do?
There is a separate application process for accessory apartments. For more information, go to the Class 3 Accessory Apartments page or contact the Licensing and Registration Unit at (240) 777-0311.