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Trader’s (Retail Stores, Wholesale Car Dealers, and Chain Stores)
Construction (New Homes and Commercial Buildings)
Plumbers and Gas Fitters
Trade Shows (3 or more)
Video, Pinball Games, and Music Boxes
Other Tobacco Products
Coin Operated Billiard Tables
Before applying for a business license
Any new business in Montgomery County must complete the following steps before its license is issued.
Register your business and establish the legal entity with the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation (www.dat.state.md.us; phone: (410) 767-1340).
Click here for downloading instructions and forms required for creating or starting a new business in Maryland (Department of Assessments & Taxation).
Obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number from the IRS (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fss4.pdf).
File your combined registration form with the Comptroller of the Treasury to establish your tax accounts. Click here for filing the form on-line (Maryland Comptroller’s Office).
Register the trade name of your business with the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.
Click here for downloading the instructions for trade name application and the form (Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation).
Learn about state and county licenses through the Business License Information System (http://choosemaryland.org/blis/).
For current applicable fees call the License Department for assistance. The number is 240-777-9460.
In order to get a business license in Montgomery County, the following information must be provided in person or by mail:
Trade Name (Optional if registered)
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 – English (Word, PDF)
Business License Application – Spanish (Word, PDF)
File the application in person at the License Department or mail it to:
Montgomery Court License Department
50 Maryland Avenue, Room 111
Rockville, MD 20850
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 they will be returned.
All licenses expire on April 30th regardless of when during the year it was purchased. All renewal licenses are effective on May 1st. The license cost is prorated in most cases if you start your business at a different time of the year.
Please be sure to display the license, not the application, in plain view. Failure to do so may result in fines and/or penalties.
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.
Maryland Business Licenses Online (Maryland Judiciary)
Maryland Business License Information System
Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing (Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation)
Information on Starting a New Business in Maryland, click here (Maryland Comptroller’s Office)
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Montgomery County Government
Montgomery County Circuit Court
The Maryland avenue entrance to the Circuit Court will be open for pedestrian traffic on September 30, 2013 and the Monroe street entrance will be closed for construction. Signage will be posted on and around the exterior of the building as well as in the Rockville Core area directing people to enter through the Maryland avenue side of the building or the Terrace level entrance from the Executive Office Building.
Please continue to pardon our construction progress!!
For additional information about the Courthouse Annex construction update, please access the following link to Montgomery County’s Circuit Court Annex website
Amended: Notice to Persons Who File Documents With a Court (new Rule 1-322.1. effective 7/1/2013).
Notice Regarding Building access to the Montgomery County Circuit Court:
Hours of Operation/Holiday Schedule
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