Licensing Center

9400 Peppercorn Place, 1st Floor
Largo, MD 20774
FAX: 301.883.3875

About the Licensing Center

The Licensing Center issues business licenses and regulates various business activities per the County Code. In addition, staff monitors and investigates items/concerns related to Code Compliance throughout the active term of a license. This includes ensuring certain Use and Occupancy (U&O) permits are current, and that licenses adhere to professional standards and operate in accordance with County Code. Please click here for information on Single Family Rental Licensing or click here to apply online for a Single Family Rental License Application.  Click here for information on Multifamily Rental Licensing. Following is a list of the most common businesses and activities regulated and the associated licensing fees.

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Licensing Fees and Applications

Benefit Performances

Carnival or Circus
Charitable Gaming Event
Application Sec. 5-115

  • The fee for a benefit carnival permit is $26.25 per ride with a minimum of $288.60 for the first seven (7) days and $157.50 per week, or portions of a week, thereafter.
  • No fees are required for any benefit performance that is to be a one (1) time operation, other than excluding a carnival or raffle.
  • Any benefit performance that is to be operated repeatedly shall have a fee of $78.75 per year, excluding a carnival, charitable gaming event or raffle.
  • The fee for a benefit raffle permit is $26.25.
  • The fee for a charitable gaming event permit is $236.25 for each charitable gaming event and $78.75 per month for each mechanical device operated on the premises of a permittee.
After Hours Convenience Store Registration No fee​ CB-48
After Hours Convenience Store Registration

CB-48 Commercial Checklist

Convenience Store Security Training Video

Fortunetelling License $393.75 annually Sec. 5-160
New licenses are limited by Code. Contact the Licensing Center at 301.883.3840 for availability.
Peddlers & Itinerant Vendors
License (ice cream truck only) $120.75 annually Sec. 5-191
Public Dances
License (both Adult & Teen) $1,575 annually Sec. 5-198
Dance Hall License Application
Security Plan Application Form
Security Plan Application Sample
Security Plan Sample
Security Plan Instruction Guide
Background Check Information Sheet
Solicitor (Door-to-Door)
License $52.50 annually Sec. 5-207
Charitable Exemption Application $25 annually Sec. 5-207
Secondhand & Pawn Dealers
Secondhand Dealer License $1,050 annually Sec. 5-234
New Employee (initial license) $157.50 Sec. 5-234
Employee’s License Renewal $105 annually Sec. 5-234
Pawn Dealer licenses are limited by Code. Contact the Licensing Center at 301.883.3840 for availability.
Massage Therapy
License (Therapist) Licensed by MD Department of Mental Health & Hygiene, 410.764.4738
Adult Book Store and/or
Adult Video Store
License No fee – 3 years Sec. 5-2703
Building Contractor
License (initial application) $126 Sec. 2-253.09
Renewal $78.75 annually Sec. 2-253.11
Homeowner Waiver No fee

EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 18, 2015:  An agent applying for ​an electrical permit on behalf of a Licensed Master Electrician (LME) must submit an authorization letter at the time of application from the LME. The authorization letter must:
1. Be an original written on the Licensed Master Electrician's letterhead.
2. Indicate the name of the agent authorized on behalf of the LME to attain the electrical permit.
3. Signed and dated by the LME. (Facsimilies are not accepted.)

License by Examination
Master (limited & unlimited) $126 Sec. 2-253.53
Journeyman $105 Sec. 2-253.53
Reciprocal Electrical License
Master $126 Sec. 2-253.53
Master (limited) $126 Sec. 2-253.53
License (all contractors) $210 Sec. 2-253.53
Journeyman $105 Sec. 2-253.53
Renewal Licenses
Journeyman $105 bi-annually Sec. 2-253.55
Apprentice $52.50 bi-annually Sec. 2-253.55
Master (limited & unlimited) & Contractor $336 bi-annually Sec. 2-253.55
Motor Vehicle Repair Facility
License $78.75 annually Sec. 26A-105
Off-Road Vehicle
Registration Tag $31.50 bi-annually Sec. 26-173
Television & Radio Equipment Repair Facility
License $78.75 annually Sec. 24A-105
Going Out Of Business Sale
Permit $10.50 Sec. 14-124