Do I need to register my business in Maryland?
Yes. Most businesses must register with the Comptroller of Maryland for tax purposes before opening or applying for any licenses. In addition, corporations, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships must file articles of incorporation or organization with the Department of Assessment and Taxation in order to legally operate in Maryland.
What are the requirements for business licenses at the city/county level?
The requirements of any business license depend on the form and nature of the business that is applying. However, generally to register your business locally, you must provide information about the name and address of the business, purpose of the business, and any previous businesses you may have owned in that city. You may also need to provide references and have your property inspected by zoning authorities. Certain professions such as food services and entertainment venues may need to get additional permits before they can apply for a general business license. Most local business licenses are valid for a calendar year and must be renewed every January.
What kind of occupations are licensed in Maryland?
Maryland has over 400 different occupational licenses, permits, and certifications. For further information about what professions need special permits to work in Maryland, visit http://choosemaryland.org/startbusiness/Pages/licenses.aspx. In addition to state requirements, some cities also regulate certain occupations and business industries and require special licenses beyond a basic business license. For example, the Marylandpolis Office of Code Enforcement issues 26 different occupational licenses for businesses operating in Marylandpolis and Marion County.
How do I apply for a business license or special occupational permit?
Registration with the Secretary of State can now be done online, in person, by mail, or by fax. For local city and county licenses, the application method depends on that area's regulations. While some occupational permits can now be applied for online, some still require that you apply in person. It is best to check with your local city and county offices or Chamber of Commerce to make sure that you are properly fulfilling all the local requirements for your business.
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