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Maryland county-by-county Rental License and Registration Requirements

11/12/18 12:46 PM Rent Court Manager Maryland Rental Property Owners

The following list of Maryland Counties shows which have requirements. Use this to assist with your eviction filing based on the location of your property. If it’s required and you file without evidence of registration or license, your case will be dismissed. You'll want to verify and research yourself to be certain of your obligations as a landlord.

Maryland County Registration and License Requirement? Contact Information
Allegany Yes, a license is required in the city of Cumberland 301-777-5951
Anne Arundel Yes, License (multiple dwelling or rooming house) 410-222-7000
Baltimore City Yes, Registration for all non-owner occupied or uninhabited properties.
Yes, License required effective Jan. 1st, 2019 for occupied rental properties for one and two unit properties (always required for three units or greater.
410-396-3575
Baltimore [County] Yes, License 410-887-8099
Calvert No 410-535-1600 x2552
301-855-1243 x2552
Caroline No 410-479-8100
Carroll Yes, License required in Westminster 410-386-2030
Cecil No 410-996-5235
Charles No 301-934-9305
301-870-3388
Dorchester No, an update as of August 21st, 2018 registration isn't required; However, some towns may still require licensing. 410-228-1700
Frederick No 301-600-2313
301-600-1023
Garrett Yes, License (only for Short Term Vacation Rentals) 301-334-1920
Harford No 410-638-3385
Howard

Yes, License required for rented dwellings. Helpful Links below for Howard County Rental Licensing:
Rental Form & Fees
Rental License Application
Rental Inspection Checklist
Licensing Facts & Figures

410-313-2455
Kent No 410-778-4600
Montgomery Yes, licensing is required. 240-777-3666
Prince George’s Yes, licensing is required. 301-883-6100
Queen Anne’s No 410-758-3977
St. Mary’s No 301-866-6590
Somerset No 410-946-5400
Talbot Yes, licenses are required for short term rentals. 410-770-6821
Washington Yes, licences are required in Hagerstown. 240-313-2210
301-432-4752
Wicomico No 410-548-4860
Worcester No 410-632-1200

Business License or local jurisdictional permitting requirement: No state-wide statute, but local cities and counties may have regulations and requirements.  Check with your local governing authority or contact our office for assistance.
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