The City of Frederick does not administer a local 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 requirements will vary between industries and business models.

Register Your Business with the State of Maryland

To register your business, you will need: a business location, a unique business name, and a business type and structure.  For more information on any of these requirements, visit the Maryland Business Express website.

Ready to go for it? Register your business.

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.

Apply for Maryland Tax Accounts

Depending on your entity type, industry, and business activities, you may need to set up various types of Maryland tax and insurance accounts. The Maryland Comptroller’s office can provide additional information at 410-260-7980 or 1-800-638-2937.

Purchase Business Insurance

Commercial insurance can protect businesses from common losses and is an important part of owning a business. For general information, contact the Maryland Insurance Administration at 410-468-2000. We encourage you to consult with your insurance provider, attorney or professional advisor for additional specific guidance.

Obtain Industry-Specific Licenses

Most businesses require additional licenses, depending on their industry and the nature of the operations. The Frederick County Clerk of Court can advise you of specific industry-required licensing. Ask which Statewide licenses you will need at 301-600-1965.

Common Industry Licenses

  1. Food Service
  2. Alcohol Sales & Service
  3. Maryland Occupational & Professional Licensing
  4. Traders License

The Frederick County Health Department’s Food Control office oversees all food service – both permanent and temporary – within The City of Frederick. 

Note: Health Department approval is required before permits can be submitted to The City of Frederick.


Frederick County Health Department
Phone: 301-600-1029