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Howard County has no incorporated municipalities within its boundaries

Although the unincorporated areas of the county are considered “towns” by many people and are occasionally listed as towns in various directories, they lack local government. However, there are a number of “Deed Restricted” or “Planned Unit Developments” that have their own rules and regulations that can heavily influence a proposed building project. Before committing to any project, you are strongly encouraged to speak with the county planning & zoning department.

County Website - The official website of Howard County, Maryland.

County Code - The adopted regulations for Howard County, Maryland.

Planning & Zoning - website is designed to be your online resource for information on development, zoning, agricultural and environmental preservation, and community planning in Howard County. Please take time to visit the many pages bringing you the latest information from DPZ.

County Traffic Count Data - Database & Maps - Identify trends and needed improvements to the county road system. These data are subject to sampling and seasonal variations that reflect fluctuations in normal traffic flow. They are not intended and should not be used to substitute for the collection of traffic counts required as part of the county's development review process.

Department of Licenses, Inspections and Permits – For links and information leading to Building , Plumbing, Electric and Sign Codes.

Development, Land Use & Planning - Howard County Government wants you to know about the planning, zoning and land development process. In this section, you'll find information on how we plan for orderly growth to maintain and enhance the county's quality of life.

Howard County Economic Development Authority - In our privatized role as the County's economic development agency, the Authority assists businesses with land and building selection, financing, employee recruitment and training, permit and regulatory issues, and provides other development support services.

Business & Employment – With important links and information about obtaining Liquor Licenses, Food Service Licenses, Business Licenses, etc.

The Department of Inspections, Licenses & Permits - The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits is the clearinghouse for processing licenses and permits, reviewing construction documents, and inspecting buildings and structures for code compliance.

Howard County Department of Public Works - To advance the quality of life for the citizens of Howard County through the improvement and management of Public Works Facilities. To provide for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Public Works facilities in accordance with the General Plan, local, state and federal regulation.

Sign Permits - Sign permits are required to regulate signs placed for exterior observance so as to protect the safety and character of the various communities in the County.

Howard 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.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission


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.

The Greater Baltimore SCORE chapter - Part of SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business," a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation's small businesses.

Howard County Chamber of Commerce - Whether you are looking for help on an issue, seeking good employees, meeting business peers or saving money through co-op buying power you have come to the right place. Please take a few minutes to browse our website and learn all about what the chamber and our members have to offer.

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

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