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Chain Store License

If you operate two or more retail stores under the same general management or ownership in Maryland, you must have a chain store license. However, the term "store" does not include an automobile service station where the principal business is the sale or distribution of motor fuel.

When you apply for the chain store license, you must pay a fee to the appropriate Clerk of the Circuit Court in addition to the fee paid for a trader's license.

The legal requirement for the Chain Store License can be found in the Business Regulation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Sections 17-1805 and 17-1809.

Chain Store License Fees

The fees listed below are in addition to the fee paid for a trader's license.

The license year runs from May 1st through the following April 30th.

All counties except Cecil and Baltimore City

  • $5 for each store for 2 to 5 stores;
  • $20 for each store for 6 to 10 stores;
  • $100 for each store for 11 to 20 stores; or
  • $150 for each store for more than 20 stores.

Baltimore City

  • $12 for each store for 2 to 5 stores;
  • $50 for each store for 6 to 10 stores;
  • $250 for each store for 11 to 20 stores; or
  • $375 for each store for more than 20 stores.

Cecil County

  • $10 for each store for 2 to 5 stores;
  • $30 for each store for 6 to 10 stores;
  • $100 for each store for 11 to 20 stores; or

$300 for each store for more than 20 stores.



 
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