Bed and Breakfast sign covered with live ivy

A hotel is a building or portion of a building where, for compensation, lodging or lodging and meals are provided or offered to three or more transient visitors. The definition of a hotel includes motel but not bed & breakfast.

A bed and breakfast is a detached house that is owner occupied with no more than five guest rooms for rent and customarily serves breakfast to guests. A bed and breakfast is not a short-term residential rental.

The owner, operator or responsible manager of a hotel or bed & breakfast must obtain a transient lodging license.

For assistance with services, email [email protected]

Transient Lodging Process Guide

1. Apply Online

Transient Lodging Permits Format
Transient Lodging License Application Online, PDF

2. Review

  1. Have a Plan: to ensure we can process your documentation properly - you must have a plan. - Describe plan type.
  2. Review: be sure to double check all of your paperwork to ensure faster processing time.
  3. Submit online: We now offer an easy online form powered by Seamless Docs - (Seamless Docs sign up and documentation).  We provide online applications to decrease the use of paper and our impact on the environment.  PDF applications should be mailed to Licensure & Regulatory Services office (2425 Reedie Drive, 9th floor, Wheaton, MD 20902) or faxed to 240-777-3088.
3. Approval

If approved you will hear back us within 10 - 14 business days. The final part of the process will be to find the inspector specific to your area.

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