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Permits & Zoning

Department of Inspections, Licenses & Permits in the George Howard Building


Permits may be required at the County level if you are building or renovating physical structures and can be applied for online or in-person







Businesses - including home-based businesses - may be subject to zoning restrictions at the County Level.

  1. First step is to look at the map to determine in which zone your buiness will be located. 
  2. Second step is to understand the uses that are allowed in that zone

Any questions? Check with Howard County Planning and Zoning Department for clarificactions.

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George Howard Building

3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043 



Why Howard County

Howard County is perfectly situated between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., making it the ideal location to start, grow or relocate a business.

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.