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.

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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 and structure, and a resident agent. View more information on any of these requirements.

Ready to go for it? Register now.

2. Obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)

The EIN is used by the federal government to identify a business entity.

 Apply for an EIN online.

3. Apply for Industry-Specific Licenses

Most businesses require additional licenses depending on their industry and the nature of the operations. Search statewide licenses and permits.

The Frederick County Clerk of Court can advise you of specific industry-required licensing.

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