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Business License

The Clerk’s Office issues approximately 15,000 business licenses each year. These licenses include:

Basic Steps in Obtaining or Renewing Business Licenses

Before applying for a business license

Any new business in Montgomery County must complete the following steps before its license is issued.

Filing a Business License Application in the License Department

To get a business license in Montgomery County, the following information must be provided in person or by mail:

Trade Name (Optional if registered)
Corporation/Owner’s Name
Type of Business
Location address and/or mailing address of the Business
Federal Tax ID or Social Security Number
Worker’s Compensation Number
Amount of Inventory

Click the links below to download a Business License Application form:

Business License Application ()

Business License Application (Spanish) ()

File the Application in person at the License Department or mail it to:

Montgomery Court License Department
50 Maryland Avenue, North Tower 1st floor, Rm 1300
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: 240-777-9460
Fax: 240-777-9451

Only the owner, officer, or partner can sign the business license if it is a corporation. If there are no employees, the owner also signs in the designated area. The License Department cannot process unsigned applications and will return them.

License Renewal

All licenses expire on April 30th regardless of when during the year they were purchased. All renewal licenses are effective on May 1st. The license cost is prorated in most cases if you start your business at a later time of the year.

Displaying a License

Please be sure to display the license, not the application, in plain view. Failure to do so may result in fines and/or penalties.

Maryland Laws Concerning Business Licenses

For Maryland laws concerning business licensing, including license fees, see Maryland State Law Library (Maryland Codes, Title 17. Miscellaneous State Business Licenses and Title 16. Cigarette License). See below for specific Maryland Codes relevant to each licensing:

Traders: Subtitle 18. Traders and Chain Stores, §17-1801–16.

Cigarettes: Title 16. Cigarette Licenses, §16-101–508.

Construction (new homes and commercial construction only): Subtitle 6. Construction, §17-601–03.

Vending Machines: Subtitle 19. Vending Machines, §17-1901–07.

Dry Cleaners: Subtitle 11. Dry Cleaners, §17-1101–03.

Plumbers: Subtitle 15. Plumbers and Gas Fitters, §17-1501–04.

Storage Warehouses: Subtitle 12. Storage Warehouses, §17-1201–04.

Garages: Subtitle 8. Garages, §17-801–03.

Additional Information Regarding Business Licenses

Office of Consumer Protection

Maryland Business Licenses Online (Maryland Judiciary)

Maryland Business License Information System

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing (Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation)

For information on starting a new business in Maryland, click here (Maryland Comptroller’s Office)

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Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM