Depending on the locations and/or industries your business is in, you may need licenses or permits.

Step 5 Obtain Licenses or Permits

State and local governments require many industries to have permits or licenses to operate. A business license is required for most businesses, including retailers and wholesalers. A trader's license is required for buying and re-selling goods. And you, or the professionals you hire, may need individual occupational and professional licenses. It is important to check at the state and local level to determine what licenses and permits you may need.

Maryland Licensing OneStop Portal

The State of Maryland has created a new licensing OneStop portal, which allows you to register for licenses and permits issued by state agencies, such as mechanic licenses, real estate and home inspection registrations, and insurance licenses.

Depending on where your business is located, the local Clerk of the Court can advise you of any local licensing requirements. You may also contact your county’s office of inspections, licenses, or permits.