Harford County Liquor Control Board

The Harford County Liquor Control Board administers and enforces the provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Laws as they are contained in the Alcoholic Beverages (AB) Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Rules and Regulations of the Liquor Control Board.


There are numerous types of alcoholic beverage licenses issued by the Liquor Board. They range from 1-day permits, to 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There are licenses for on premises only sales, off premises only and on and off premises sales. Licenses are issued to clubs, fire companies, restaurants, taverns, liquor stores, hotels, caterers and stadiums. Fees for licenses range from $15 to $10,000 per year.

Important Deadline

There will be no applications accepted for new, transfer, change of officers, change of location and/or change in license class during the renewal period  All applications to be processed for issuance during February and March must be filed with the Board office on or before January 17, 2017.  This does not include Special One (1)-Day (Per Diem) Licenses issued to non-profit organizations for fundraising purposes.

All applications received after January 17, 2017, will be processed after May 1, 2017.

Renewal Application for 2017-2018 - UPDATED March 13, 2017

Renewal Applications for the Licensing Year beginning May 1, 2017, are now available.  Completed Renewal Applications must be filed in the Board Office by March 15, 2017, with a renewal processing fee of $45.00.  Only Cash or Checks (made payble to the Harford County Liquor Control Board) will be accepted.

Keep in mind...applications must be complete, notarized, and signed by all named applicants and the property owner to be accepted.  You must use the form for the 2017-2018 licensing year; older versions will not be accepted.

You may pay your annual license fee at the same time, however; it must be submitted by separate check.  Licenses paid for in advance will be mailed to the licensed premises prior to April 30, 2017.

Applications received after March 15, 2017, will be charged a $200.00 renewal processing fee.  Please file your application early to avoid the late fee.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please be advised that the Harford County (MD) Liquor Control Board office (i) follows Harford County (MD) Government weather-related delay and closure policies and (ii) has decided in light of relevant Monday 13 March 2017 weather forecasts to extend the “regular” Wednesday 15 March 2017 Renewal Application deadline to Friday 17 March 2017.

Download the 2017-2018 Renewal Application Packet here.

Renewal Protest Form for 2017-2018

Protest against renewal of any License for the year beginning May 1, 2017, must be filed in writing with the Harford County Liquor Control Board office on or before April 3, 2017.  All protests must be signed by not less than ten (10) residents, commercial tenants who are not holders of or applicants for any license issued under the Alcoholic Beverages Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, or real estate owners of the immediate vicinity in which the licensed place of business is located, based on specific complaint(s).

Download the 2017-2018 Renewal Protest Form here.