|Private Educational Institution
Who must apply for a private educational institution license?
Any person desiring to operate a private educational institute in Montgomery County for (5) five or more students at one time, or if there is more than one instructor, must obtain a license.
What is a private educational institution (PEI)?
A PEI is any private school or educational or training institution, however designated, which offers a program of college, professional, preparatory, high, intermediate, elementary, kindergarten or nursery school instruction, or any combination thereof, or any other program of trade, technical or artistic training.
When must one obtain a private educational institute license?
A license must be obtained prior to operating the private educational institution.
How does one obtain a private educational institution license?
Applications and information on the required attachments are available here:
Download the Application: Private Educational Institution License
PDF Format Word Format
Additional information and approvals may be required, including:
Use and Occupancy permit 240-777-6300
Well & Septic approval (where applicable) 240-777-6300
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue approval 240-777-2457
Maryland State Department of Education 410-767-0407
Vocational training which prepares students for gainful employment contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission 410-974-2971
See the Fee Schedule
Submit the application, attachments, 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 private educational institution
license being issued.
Personnel within the Licensure & Regulatory Services section are
available to discuss questions during regular working hours (Monday
through Friday) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 240-777-3986.