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Food and Facilities Licensing

Licensing Services- Permits - Transient Lodging

What is a transient lodging facility?

A transient lodging facility is any rooming house, boarding house, tourist home, hotel, motel, tourist court, motor court, tourist camp or similar establishment.

Who must apply for a transient lodging license?

Anyone intending to provide lodging or lodging and meals for transient visitors or anyone operating a rooming house.

When is a transient lodging license required?

A transient lodging license must be obtained for each transient lodging facility prior to operating in Montgomery County. This license does not apply in Chevy Chase Village, Town of Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Garrett Park, Kensington, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Rockville, Town of Somerset, and Washington Grove.

How does one obtain a transient lodging license?

Applications and information on the required attachments are available here:

Download the Application:

Transient Lodging License (PDF File)


Fee Schedule


  • Submit the application and the fee.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.
  • The application and attachments will be reviewed and the license issued.
  • An inspection must be passed prior to the transient lodging license being issued

Personnel within Licensure & Regulatory Services section are available to discuss questions during regular working hours (Monday through Friday) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 240-777-3986.



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