Alcoholic Beverage License Applications

Obtaining a License to Sell Alcohol

For information regarding the process to apply for an alcoholic beverage license in Harford County, please review the   How to Apply brochure available on this website. 

Please note that the process takes approximately eight (8) weeks from the time an application packet (complete and in order) is filed with the Board Office.

Application packets may be obtained as follows:

  • Online:  Fillable forms are available on this website (under Associated Documents on the License Applications tab).
  • By Mail:  Request an application packet be mailed to you by calling the Board Office at 410-638-3028.


Please contact the Board Office at 410-638-3028 with any questions.


2021-2022 Transfer Deadline & Renewal Information

The deadline for submission of applications for new, transfer, or change of officer, location or license class is January 15, 2021.  All applications to be processed for issuance in February, March, or April must be filed with Board office on or before January 15th.  This does not include Per Diem licenses issued to non-profit organizations for fundraising purposes.

All applications received after January 15, 2021, will not be processed until after May 1, 2021.


Renewal applications will be available on this website beginning February 1, 2021.  AB § 22-1802 of the Annotated Code of Maryland states that "An appliction to renew an annual license shall be filed between FEBRUARY 1 and APRIL 1, inclusive."  Therefore, renewal applications will not be accepted prior to February 1, 2021.  Paper renewal packets will be provided by request only.

Alcoholic beveage licenses do not renew automatically.  You must file your renewal paperwork with the Board office, pay for, and pick up your license in order for it to remain viable.

Other pertient renewal deadlies, fees, etc., are:

  • Renewals filed between February 1 and March 15, 2021, will charged a $75.00 processing fee.
  • Renewals filed between March 16 and April 30, 2021, will be charged a $75.00 processing fee AND a $200.00 late fee ($275 total).
  • Tax Cleareances from the State (Comptroller's Office) and Harford County (Revenue Collections) must be received by April 30, 2021, even if your renewal processing fee and license fee are paid.  You must have a valid license to make sales.


Please contact the Board Office at 410-638-3028 with any questions.