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Carroll County, MD - The Official Website of Carroll County, Maryland

Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances of Carroll County - Including all Public Local Laws enacted by the General Assembly which are applicable in Carroll County and Ordinances adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Carroll County.

Carroll County Office of Zoning Administration - Your portal to information about zoning topics and the Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances as it pertains to zoning.

GIS Mapping - Carroll County Government's GIS Division develops and maintains spatial information to aid in the creation of maps and data analysis to support County agencies and their customers.

Bureau of Permits and Inspections - Permit Status Inquiry – Just enter your number and immediately find the status of your building permit.

Economic Development - Whether your business is new or expanding or you need assistance, the Carroll County Department of Economic Development will help. We are a results-oriented team, committed to matching your business needs with the best possible location and creative programs that give you a competitive edge.

Bureau of Comprehensive Planning - The primary responsibility of the Comprehensive Planning Bureau is to develop and update comprehensive plans and functional plans for the county and smaller regions within the county. The process and implementation of these comprehensive plans plays a vital role in countywide growth management.

The Bureau of Development Review - The lead agency in the review of all residential, commercial, and industrial plans in Carroll County. The Bureau is responsible for processing and tracking development plans from submittal through approval and also provides development review services to the municipalities.

The Carroll County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) – The HPC hears applications for work permits within the Historic District Overlay prior to the construction, alteration, reconstruction, repair, moving or demolition of any property within the Historic District Overlay that involves exterior changes which would affect the historic, archaeological, or architectural significance of the property, such as repairs, additions, new construction, fencing, and removal of trees.

The Bureau of Permits and Inspections  - Enforces the Carroll County building codes, which includes building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, handicapped, fire codes, all applications and inspects all phases of construction and issues electrical, plumbing, gas fitters and utility contractor licenses. The staff also reviews site and subdivision plans.

Carroll County Board of License Commissioners (commonly referred to as the Liquor Board) - The Board issues all liquor licenses in Carroll County, approves transfers of licenses, issues "one day" liquor licenses for non-profit organizations and renews all liquor licenses on an annual basis.

Carroll County, Maryland

Electric Power - Maryland Attorney General - Maryland residents are now able to choose who supplies their electricity. (Customers of municipal electric systems and some rural cooperative systems are the exceptions - see "Areas not participating.") Your local utility, now called your electric company, will still deliver the electricity to your home, but you can choose another company to generate the electricity, if other companies are making an offer in your area.

Washington Gas - For 160 years Washington Gas has been distributing natural gas to customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Washington Gas is a leading proponent of giving customers the freedom to choose their natural gas supplier, and provide residents with MARYLAND CUSTOMER CHOICE RESOURCES on its website.

The Bureau of Utilities - Is responsible for the Operation and Maintenance of water and wastewater facilities in specific areas of Carroll County.


Maryland  - The official website for the State of Maryland.

Maryland Taxpayer Information - Filing and paying business taxes can be complicated. The Comptroller's Office is dedicated to making the process as simple and efficient as possible. Visit this special section for business taxpayers often for the latest information.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) - The mission of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is to protect and restore the quality of Maryland’s air, water, and land resources, while fostering smart growth, economic development, healthy and safe communities, and quality environmental education for the benefit of the environment, public health, and future generations.

Maryland Checklist for New Businesses - Starting a business is an exciting and challenging undertaking. To help ensure your business' success, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the basic requirements for starting a business in Maryland. This link provides a convenient starting point.

The Maryland Green Registry - Help build a smarter, greener, more sustainable Maryland by putting these practices to work right in your own organization. The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary, self-certification program offering tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.

Maryland Traffic Volume Maps - Depict the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) at various locations on Maryland’s roadways by county. Traffic Volume data is collected from over 3000 program count stations and 79 ATR’s, located throughout Maryland. Program count data is collected (both directions) at regular locations on a three year cycle (one-third of these are counted each year).

Maryland Department of Transportation (Mdot) - The official home page of Maryland’s Department of Transportation.

Mdots’ Specific Services Signing Program (Logo’s) - The program is to aid the traveling public by providing them with information of essential services available for their use along designated state highways which is accomplished by allowing various business' in the area's of food, gasoline, and lodging to have signs placed for their type of service they offer to the traveling public through approved specific signing.

Maryland Community Health Administration – Office of Food Protection - The Office of Food Protection and Consumer Health Services is composed of three divisions: Food Control, Milk Control, and Community Services; and four administrative program areas: Licenses and Permits, Rating Officers, Legal Counsel, Support Services.

Maryland’s Business License Information System (BLIS) – A state maintained website that enables you to perform a search to learn about the permits and licenses that you may need to operate a business in the state. 

Business Registration – The State of Maryland’s Comptroller’s office – Information concerning obtaining Alcohol tax licenses, Tobacco tax licenses, Income tax withholding accounts, etc.

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations -Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

U.S. Census Bureau - American FactFinder web site. Why pay for your demographic information twice?

Chamber of Commerce - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a sound economic environment in which our business community can prosper. 


* Carroll County, MD is comprised of 10 Cities and 17 Townships all of which are responsible
for creating, maintaining and enforcing their own planning, zoning and building codes & regulations.

Please refer to their respective web sites for more information.
(Villages and Hamlets are contained within each)
The Incorporated Cities, Villages and Towns of Carroll County, Maryland


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Mount Airy
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