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Assisted Living Facility
 

  1. Follow the steps for How to Start a Business in Maryland.

  2. An Assisted Living Program License is required for a person to provide one or more unrelated individuals with housing, supportive services, supervision, personalized assistance, health-related services, or a combination thereof that meets the needs of individuals who need assistance in performing the activities of daily living in a manner that promotes optimum dignity and independence for individuals. For requirments to start an Assisted Living Program, request your application packet by contacting the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 410-402-8217.

  3. A Food Service Facility License is required of any business that prepares food or drink for sale or service, or any operation where food is served or provided for the public with or without charge. Contact the County Health Department for more information.


Child Day Care Center
 

  1. Follow the steps for How to Start a Business in Maryland.

  2. A child care centers is a facility operated by an individual, agency, or organization that offers child care services for part or all of the day, or on a 24-hour basis on a regular schedule, at least twice a week. Most child care centers are regulated by the Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Child Care (OCC). Contact the regional office in your county. That Regional Office will be responsible for processing your application, inspecting your facility to make sure it meets regulatory requirements, issuing your license or letter of compliance, providing you with technical assistance, and answering any questions you may have about regulatory issues. The Regional Office will be your main point of contact for all matters related to your license or letter of compliance throughout the time that your facility is located in the area.


Cleaning Services
 

In order to start a residential cleaning business, follow the steps for How to Start a Business in Maryland. Be sure to check with the Clerks of the Circuit Court in your county to find out if a business license is needed.

Dry Cleaner
 

  1. Follow the steps for How to Start a Business in Maryland.

  2. If you operate perchloroethylene dry cleaning equipment, contact the Maryland Department of the Environment at 410-537-3230 to determine if you need an Air Quality Permit To Construct.

  3. Contact the Maryland Department of the Environment at 410-537-3344 to determine if you need an EPA Identification Number for Hazardous Waste.

Home Builder
 

  1. Follow the steps for How to Start a Business in Maryland.

  2. Contact the Office of the Attorney General regarding the Home Builder Registration, 410-576-6573.

  3. Contact the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development regarding Modular Building Certifications, 410-514-7213.

  4. The Secretary of State regulates condominium sales. Contact the Secretary of State's Office at 410-974-5521.

  5. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation issues Home Improvement Contractor and Subcontractor Licenses, if needed for your business operations, 410-230-6176.

  6. If your home building operations involve significant grading of land, contact the Maryland Department of Environment at 410-537-3772 to determine if you need any additional environmental approvals.

  7. If your business is constructing commercial buildings like restaurants, you will need a Construction License issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the particular county.

Home Improvement / Landscaping
 

Home improvement work includes alteration, remodeling, repair or replacement of a building or part of a building used as a residence. Home improvement also includes, but is not limited to, construction, replacement, or improvement of driveways, swimming pools, porches, garages, landscaping, fences and other improvements adjacent to a residence. Home improvement also includes work done on individual condominium units, however, it does not include work done on apartment buildings that contain four or more single family units or work done on the commonly owned areas of condominiums.

Landscaping includes grass cutting and similar minor landscaping work.

  1. Follow the steps for How to Start a Business in Maryland.

  2. Contact the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 410-230-6309 or e-mail the Commission. A contractor or subcontractor who holds a license from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission is not required to hold a construction license issued by the county's Clerk of the Circuit Court office.

  3. Contact the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development at 410-514-7630 regarding historic preservation issues.

  4. If your business operations disturb friable asbestos materials, you will need to contact the Maryland Department of the Environment at 410-537-3200.

Internet Business
 

From a licensing standpoint, an Internet business is not significantly different than a business that has a physical storefront location. For the purposes of this case study, let’s assume an Internet business is a business that sells products or services through a web site and does not warehouse or store any inventory.

Maryland State agencies regulate the sales of certain goods to the public including, but not limited to, agricultural products, plants, animals, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers, food, beverages, motor fuels, tobacco, body tissues, precious metal objects, burial goods, boats, hand guns, fireworks, explosives, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, motor vehicles, insurance plans, securities, franchises, health club memberships, pay telephones, condominiums, real estate, and various other goods and products.

Maryland State agencies regulate certain services that could be offered to the public over the Internet including, but not limited to, importing and exporting, educational services, pawn brokering services, employment agency services, home health agency services, accounting services, legal services, medical advice, insurance consulting, financial planning, stockbroker services, charities, and various other services.
  1. Follow the steps for How To Start A Business In Maryland.

  2. Using the search box near the top of the BLIS home page, search on keywords related to the types of goods or services that you will be selling over the Internet. Review the list of licenses that BLIS displays. View the details of any licenses that may pertain to your business operations. Contact the State agencies that issue the licenses to apply for the licenses applicable to your business type.

  3. If you use scales or meters to sell products to Maryland consumers, you will need to have your weighing and measuring devices certified for accuracy by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Call 410-841-5790 for more information.

  4. Send an e-mail message to BLIS if you have additional questions or need more information.

Restaurant
 

  1. Follow the steps for How to Start a Business in Maryland.

  2. If you operate a charbroiler or pit barbecue, contact the Maryland Department of the Environment at 410-537-3230 to determine if you need an Air Quality Permit To Construct.

  3. If you manufacture a frozen dessert or a mix for a frozen dessert such as ice cream, mellorine, sherbet, water ice, frozen yogurt, quiescently frozen confection, paravine, frozen pudding, or Lo Mel, contact the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 410-767-8444 to determine if you need a Frozen Dessert Manufacturer License.

  4. A Food Processing Plant License is required of any business that prepares, processes, packages, cans, freezes, stores, distributes, labels or holds food for human consumption. Call 410-767-8444 for additional information.

  5. A Food Service Facility License is required of any business that prepares food or drink for sale or service, or any operation where food is served or provided for the public with or without charge. This even includes seasonal food or drink production such as making apple cider for the public. Contact the County Health Department for more information.

  6. Alcoholic Beverage and Caterer Licenses are issued to businesses that distill, brew, cater, manufacture or wholesale alcoholic beverages in Maryland. Contact the Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury at 410-260-7314 to determine if your restaurant will need an Alcoholic Beverage and Caterer License. Also, remember to contact your county officials if you need to obtain a liquor license.

  7. If you plan to import, export, store, transport, or otherwise deal beverage or non-beverage alcohol in Maryland, you will need to obtain an Alcoholic Beverage Permit from the Comptroller of the Treasury. Call 410-260-7314 for more information.

  8. If you bottle water or soft drinks out-of-state and sell the beverages in Maryland, you will need to contact the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 410-767-8400 to obtain an Out-Of-State Bottled Water and Soft Drink License.

  9. Organic products are regulated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. If your restaurant processes agricultural commodities into agricultural products for retail sale and you wish to have your products certified as organic, please call 410- 841-5769.

  10. If you use scales or meters to sell products to Maryland consumers, you will need to have your weighing and measuring devices certified for accuracy by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Call 410-841-5790 for more information.

  11.  If you wish to advertise your restaurant on a State highway sign, you will need to apply for a Commercial Logo License. Contact the Maryland Department of Transportation at 410-787-4039 for more information.

  12. You may also wish to contact the Restaurant Association of Maryland for more information.
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