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A State of Maryland Business License is required for most businesses, including retailers and wholesalers. A traders license is requires for buying and re-selling. Business activity that require licenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Amusement Parks
  • Hawkers and Peddlers
  • Auctions & Junk Dealers
  • Chain Stores
  • Plumbing and Gas Filters
  • Construction & Restaurants
  • Dry Cleaners & Retail Stores
  • Farm Machinery, Storage & Warehouses
  • Garages & Traders
  • Vending Machines

To determine whether your particular business activity requires licensing by the State of Maryland and needs any additional licenses and permits, contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county (or Baltimore City) where your business is or will be located.

Individuals working in the following areas need to obtain occupational or professional licenses in addition to State and local business licenses:

  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Home Improvement Contractors & Sales
  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Barbers & Plumbers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Bay Pilots & Professional Engineers

  • Master Electricians
  • Certified Public Accountants
  • Professional Land Surveyors
  • Cosmetologists
  • Real Estate Appraisers
  • Examining Engineers
  • Real Estate Brokers and Sales
  • Foresters
  • Secondhand Precious Metal
  • Heating & Ventilation
  • Sports Agents

For most occupations and professions, individuals must meet educational and work experience standards as well as pass a qualifying examination in order to obtain a license.

Contact The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing toll free at 1.888.ChooseMD.

You may visit the website of the Maryland's Business License Information System or contact them by phone at 1.888.ChooseMD.