The good news! The City of Frederick does not require a general business license.
Nevertheless, there are requirements at the federal, state, and local level to become a legally operating business. Recognize that every business is unique and permits, licenses and forms will vary between industries and business models.
1. Register Your Business with the State of Maryland
In order to register your business, you will need: a business location, a unique business name, a business type & structure, and a resident agent. For more information on any of these requirements, read on here.
Ask which State-wide licenses you will need at 301-600-1962.
Common Industry Licenses
Traders License – Unless you are a grower, maker, or manufacturer, you may not offer for sale, sell or otherwise dispose of any goods within Maryland, without first obtaining a trader's license. Contact: Clerk of the Circuit Court - 301-600-1962
Health Department- All food service businesses must be licensed through the Frederick County Health Department. Contact: Health Department at 301-600-1029
Liquor Board- All businesses wishing to serve or sell alcohol must obtain a liquor license through the Frederick County Liquor Board. Contact: Liquor Board at 301-600-2984
Maryland Occupational & Professional Licensing - Many industry sectors, including healthcare, childcare, and home improvement trades require additional licensing from the State of Maryland. Contact: Clerk of the Circuit Court - 301-600-1962