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Food and Facilities Licensing

Licensing Services - Camps

Who must apply for a recreational camp license?
Any person, cooperative, association, partnership, firm or corporation desiring to operate a recreational camp in Montgomery County must obtain a license.

What is a recreational camp?
A recreational camp is any camp including but not restricted to sports, science, computer, travel, art, games or outdoor activities, with five (5) or more campers, run for a specified period of time, usually during the summer or holiday seasons.

When must one obtain a recreational camp license?
A license must be obtained prior to operating the recreational camp.

How does one obtain a recreational camp license?
Download and complete the following application:  Recreational Camp License Application

Additional information and approvals may be required, including:

  • State Police criminal background checks on all employees and staff - 410-764-4501.
  • Use and Occupancy permit - call 240-777-0311
  • Well & Septic approval (where applicable) - call 240-777-0311
  • Montgomery County Fire Marshal approval - call 240-777-0311
  • Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a Youth Camp Permit - call 410-767-8419


Any licensed day care center that wants to change to a camp program must also get State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene approval.

Are there any fees?
See the fee schedule to determine fees that may apply.

What is the process for obtaining a Recreational Camp License?

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


Staff with Licensure & Regulatory Services are available to answer questions during regular business hours - Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. at 240-777-3986.



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