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Licensing & Permits

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

Certain types of businesses require licenses and certain activites may require permits and/or have zoning considerations.


The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations (DLLR) provides information on the types of businesses and professions that may require licensing. Certain professions require a license through the state. Check the DLLR website for more information.

If your business requires a license and you are located in Howard County or store inventory overnight in Howard County, you can either obtain your license online through the website above or in-person at the following address:

The Thomas Dorsey Building
9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21045
Telephone: 410-313-5850


Howard County may require permits if you are building or renovating physical structures and they can be applied for online. Applying in person can be done at the following address:

George Howard Building
3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043

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

1. First step is to look at the map to determine in which county 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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Licensing & Permits

Certain businesses and specific activities may require a license and/or permit. Find out if your business needs a special permit to operate.