Business License Information
Many business must be licensed through the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court. Whether a business must obtain a license from the Clerk depends upon the nature of the business, and can sometimes be a quite complex question. If you are considering opening a business in Queen Anne's County, or have questions about the licensing requirements for your existing business, please contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at (410) 758-1773 to determine what, if any, license you need to obtain from us.
!!! New Licenses for 2011—Other Tobacco Products !!!
Maryland license laws have been amended to create two new licenses that will be required effective May 1, 2011 for those who sell 'other tobacco products' at retail. The new licenses are:
- Other Tobacco Products Retailer license; and
- Tobacconist license
'Other tobacco products' includes cigars (blunts, cigarillos, little cigars), pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, roll-your-own ("RYO") tobacco, snuff, snus, and other smokeless tobacco products.
Any business selling tobacco products other than cigarettes may need one of these two licenses. Refer to the following documents, provided by the Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury, for more detailed information:
- Bulletin TT-68 - Other Tobacco Products (OTP) Retailers Licenses
- Frequently Asked Questions - Other Tobacco Products (OTP) Retailers Licenses
More Information on Licenses
For more information on business licenses and opening a Maryland business, please visit the following links:
- Maryland Business Licenses Online
Search the licensing system of the Maryland Judiciary for issued licenses and apply, edit and renew your Maryland business licenses online.
- Business License Information System
Includes startup information and an alphabetized list of all State licenses and permits.
- Comptroller of Maryland - Business Information and Services
Includes tax information, business license information, and a Business Owners Toolkit.