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Retail And Grocery Business Guide

The following guide is a summary of the local permits and licenses you may need to open a Retail And Grocery business in Baltimore City. This information will save you time by showing you what you’ll need in advance and which City agencies can assist you. Since each business is unique, this information serves only as a guide and is subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be glad to help. We also strongly suggest reviewing state requirements that may be applicable by visiting the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development website.
 

The Process

1) Choose a Location

  • Zoning and Use

  • Urban Renewal Plan Review

  • Parking Requirements

  • Financial Incentives

  • Baltimore Main Streets

  • Retail Business Districts

  • Special Benefit Districts

  • Historic District Review

2) Design and Construction

  • Building Permit

  • Food Service Plan Review

  • Use and Occupancy (including change of ownership)

  • Temporary Use of Right of Way

  • Wastewater Discharge Permit

3) License and Inspections

  • Building, Fire, and Health Inspections

  • Food License

  • Food Manager Certification

  • State of Maryland and Federal Requirements

4) Open for Business - Additional Permits

  • Mayor's Office of Employment Development

  • Minor Privilege Permit for Signage, Awning & Barber Pole Permits

  • Minor Privilege Permit for Sidewalk Outdoor Seating

  • Waste Hauler Permit (Required for Dumpsters)

  • Alarm Registration

  • Truck Loading Zone

  • Parking Meter Request (for duration adjustment)

  • Baltimore City Plastic Bag Reduction Program